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(m15) 1950 3rd Test Aust-v-Great Britain Aust wins ashes, 1st time in 30 years

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

1950 3rd Test Aust-v-Great Britain Aust wins ashes, 1st time in 30 years



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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 Ron Roberts scores late try to seal victory in mud. Churchill shines, 40 tonne of sand used


In the mud and the slush of the SCG Australia armed wrestled the Ashes away from the Great Britain tourist when, with only fourteen minutes left in the game Australia's right winger, and a man whose handling reputation was not the best took the ball some twenty five yards out from the Sheridan Stand corner and in quagmire conditions, set sail for the tryline.

With the game locked at 2 all and time slipping away the Clive Churchill lead Aussies caught the Lions napping when they threw caution to the wind and spun the ball out wide using quick crisp passing.

Ron Roberts scores "that" historical try that gave the Aussies the Ashes for the first time in 30 yrs

The lions were caught unaware that this was happening and in the mud an overlap appeared and the man in the open was Wing man Ron Roberts.

According to the match reports the Poms had been brilliant in blunting all that the Aussies could throw at them. But the chink appeared and history was being made with every step Roberts took towards the corner.

His diving try gave the Aussies the test match 5 - 2, and the series win. It was Australia's first win in 30 odd years and the crowd went delirious with joy. The Aussie goalkicker Burnie Purcell could failed to convert from out wide. Thousands invaded the pitch at full time and tried to force their way into the players dressing rooms after the game to share the joy of the victory. Police reinforcements were called to force the fans back from the members stand. Grown men broke down and cried and people fought over match souvenirs such as the corner post, the linesman of the day "souvenired" the ball. People knelt in the mud and kissed the hallowed turf (mud then).

The SCG surface was such a mess before the game that workers had to spread over forty tonnes of sand to make it playable for the third test. Sydney was in the mist of a very wet winter but it did not deter the fans turning up, and it was reported that there wasn't a spare seat by 10am


Workers spreading sand on the muddied SCG surface 1950

As reported in the History of Australian Rugby League,
Inside the dressing room grown men cried. Among them was James Giltinan, the founding father of rugby league. Five weeks later Giltinan, then 84, died. He had lived long enough to witness the greatest victory by an Australian team.


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