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1961 England V Springboks atTwickenham - Add Video

Springboks beat England at Twickenham. Malan leading the Springboks onto the field.

Play in progress England in possession of the ball they are kicking from right to left in White shirts Risman has the ball he passes to Patterson passes the ball onto Young.

Young starts running with the ball but he is brought down players rush in and form up for scrum. South African gains possession and the ball is kicked up field. Scrum near the English line. South African gain possession and they tries to make a run for the line but the ball carrier is brought down by Rimmer and Rutherford. The ball rolls loose to Englebrecht who passes to Gainsford. Gainsford tries for the line but is brought down by Jeeps. Roberts snatches the ball out of his hands.

England attacking but the ball goes to Wilson Roberts rushes into Wilson grabs him by the shirts and throws him to the ground the ball has run loose and English players kicks the ball but Wilson picks it up and he is brought down and bundled into touch by Roberts.

South Africa attacking on the left Hopwood is put in possession of the ball. Hopwood with the ball racing for the line he dives over to touch down for a try.

Du Preez running up to take the kick he does so and the ball goes between the posts to give South Africa a five Nil lead.

Play in progress in the Second half South Africa have possession of the ball. Hopwood passes to De Wuys who passes to Stewart who runs with the ball but he is brought down. The ball runs loose the players chase after it Kirkpatrick dives on the ball but an English player gets to it first and he is swamped by South Africans.

Scrum near the English line South Africa gain possession the ball is passes to Stewart runs with the ball but is brought down.

English line out Young throws the ball in players jump for the ball and it is knocked to Robins who passes to Jeeps. Jeeps passes to Risman who shifts it onto Patterson. Patterson passes to Weston. Weston passes to Roberts. Roberts makes a run with the ball but he is tackled by Englebrecht and brought down. The ball goes to Kirkpatrick who starts to run up field with it.

The players at the end of the match some of them stripping off their shirts. South Africa win by five points to nil.

Posted by All Blacks 1996 on July 14, 2014 at 4:20 AM 1688 Views

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Reply Kimbo
10:55 PM on July 14, 2014 
Again another very good Springbok team that completed the grand slam (and drew 0-0 with France in a brutally dirty game - video elsewhere on this site), and only lost one game all tour, their last on the British leg against the Barbarians in Cardiff, 0-6.

And again it was a great South African pack - Fanie Kuhn, Abe Malan, Piet du Toit, Johan Claassen, Avril Malan, Hugo van Zyl, Martin Pelser, Doug Hopwood, Mof Myburgh and making his test debut in this game Frik du Preez.

But like the 1931-32 Springboks, and despite having good backs like Keith Oxlee, John Gainsford, Mannetjies Roux, Jannie Engelbrecht and Lionel Wilson the 1960-61 Springboks earned a reputation for dour boring rugby, especially in this England game. They got an early lead, and then sat on it playing defensive rugby for the rest of the game.

So determined were the hosts to see the Springboks beaten, when the Barbarians were picked, they were basically done with the sole purpose of winning, rather than playing open rugby as is the tradition for the fixture!

Having said that, it was very difficult to play running rugby in those days. The All Blacks of 1953-54 and 1972-73 also had a similar defensive mindset to the Springboks of 1960-61. Up until 1964 there was no requirement for back lines to stand back 10 metres from a lineout, and off side at the scrum was not the hindmost feet, but rather you just had to stay behind the ball as it was hooked and traveled through the scrum - so if and when the ball was released to an attacking back line, they had the defenders right on top of them. Also, as there were no restrictions on kicking directly into touch until 1968, most teams were just happy to keep plugging the touchlines making yardage in a risk-free fashion instead of running the ball. Hennie Muller may have retired in 1953 but his legacy made teams afraid of being tackled and making errors behind the gain line if they risked running the ball.