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Memorable Matches From The Biff Era


Posted by... quigs eraofthebiff - on ... Friday, May 04, 2012




from Quigs "As mentioned previously, I am not a rugby league historian, a rugby league expert. I am just a lover of this era of Rugby League." ... This is a recollection of some of the battles, and the trench warfare that I, and others watched over time. Some are matches that I was told about, or read about.

MATCH SUMMARY Sydney Cricket Ground
Beattie goads Turner and both sent off - Irvines last minute goal

The Poms had already wrapped up the 1962 ashes series after outplaying Australia in the first two test matches.

They had won the 1st test 31 -12, the 2nd 17 -10.
The Australian faced the embarassment of being the first Australian team to lose all three test against Great Britain.

This test is part of Australian Rugby League folklore for two memorable incidents.

The aussie captain Arthur Summons was an inspirational leader in this dead rubber, and was able to bring his side back from a 17 - 11 deficit to 17 points to 16 with only seconds remaining.

Brilliant Australian wing sensation Ken Irvine had scored in the Randwick corner of the Cricket Ground (the old members stand side).

The story goes that Arthur Summons then threw the ball to Irvine to take the kick from the sideline. Irvine who at the time played for North Sydney and was there second string kicker.

Irvine later admitted that he had set the ball on the mound and had walked back to his spot to commence his run up to take the kick when the referee Darcy Lawler advised him that it was not aligned correctly and he should readjust the line. Irvine then went back to the ball, readjusted theline and then pilotted the ball over the black dot. Australia had won the third test by one point.

In those days there were no replacements for injured players. Australian forward Dud Beattie had suffered a dislocated shoulder early in the second half and he knew he would not see the game out.
Beattie admitted that he deliberately set out to take a Pom off with him. So he goaded Pommy wildman Turner and as a result Turner knocked him down. The ref then sent Turner off and when Turner had realised what had happend it looked to many as if Turner would carry on with the injured Beattie as Beattie was getting assisted off the field by the Ambo..

(I was a 7 year old when this game took place.....I can remember Irvine scoring tries for Australia, but I dont know if it was this game. Have you got a memory of this game, drop us an email and I will include your memory)


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