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Memorable Matches From The Biff Era

(m12) 1972 WORLD CUP FINAL - AUS -v- GB played in France - Langlands famous No Try

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




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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 Australia -v- Great Britain (played in France) Langlands famous try that wasn't Australia were robbed

The controversial 1972 World Cup was held in France.

Australia won the right to play the "Poms" in the final after defeating France 31- 9, New Zealand 9-5, but lost to Great Britain by 27 - 12.

The final took place in Lyons before a very small crowd. The Roos and Lions slogged it out to be 10 all at full time so the game was sent into 20 minutes extra time.

With the scores still locked at the completion of extra time the game was awarded to Great Britain after having a better record in the preliminary matches.

The game will always be remembered for the try that never was.

(As quoted in the History of Australian Rugby League)

This final produced a wonerful "try that wasn't". In the first half, Langlands chased a clever kick by Australian half Dennis Ward that hovered high over the British line. When Ward put the ball in the air, Langlands appeared to have no chance of reaching it. Yet, as the ball neared the ground over the try line, Langlands dived through the air, caught the ball on the full at full stretch and crashed down for a touchdown. French referee Georges Jameau, who had been Australia's choice as referee for the match ruled that Langlands had been offside when Ward kicked the ball. Television replays later showed the try to have been scored fairly.

At the time the Roos were leading 5 nil.

It was rumoured that the ref disallowed the try at the time because he believed that no one could of been onside at the time of the kick and got to the ball before it hit the ground as quickly and spectacularly as Changa had, therefore he ruled him offside.

( I remember watching this try live on TV and I am still amazed at the talent and skills that Langlands possessed )


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