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Springboks Swamp Scots (1951) Add Video

British Pathé news report showing the Springboks beating Scotland 44- nil in 1951.

Posted by All Blacks 1996 on July 14, 2014 at 2:39 AM 986 Views

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Reply Kimbo
11:17 PM on July 14, 2014 
A spectator leaving the ground was allegedly asked by a passer-by the score. He replied, "Forty four tae nil - and Scotland were lucky tae get nil!".

Good examples from the tries scored in this video - mainly by forwards like van Wyk, Koch, Delport, Dinkelman, du Rand - of the highly effective Springbok style on the 1951-52 tour. The backs ran an "inside-line", that not only freed up space for those outside, but also brought the forwards into the game. The Springbok loose forward trio of Hennie Muller, Basie van Wyk and Stephen Fry were one of the greatest ever, and they acted as links.

When Danie Craven tried to repeat the same tactics as he had used so successfully in 1951-52 on the 1956 tour with "seagulling" loose forwards like Butch Lochner, Dan Retief, and Dawie Ackermann, they were much less effective - primarily because the New Zealand forwards were much better at rucking, so the Springboks never had the same platform to operate off, or a soft pack like Scotland opposing them. Plus New Zealand teams simply kicked with the up-and-under all tour from every scrum and lineout, so the Springbok loosies were continually starting off going backwards.