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Memorable Matches From The Biff Era


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

3RD TEST AUSTRALIA -V- GREAT BRITAIN 1966 Sydney Cricket Ground



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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: Half Game Artie introduced to international R.L. - Aust win Ashes

(from the History of Australian Rugby League)

The 1966 Ashes victory resulted on who won the third test after Australia had won the controversial 2nd test match in Brisbane by 6 points to 4.

The G.B. side had won the first test handsomely 17 -13. three tries to one.

In the third test , a tourist was again sent off. This time fiery prop Cliff Watson was ordered off six minutes after halftime, charged with kicking Australian Centre, Peter Diamond.

The test was famous for unveiling the giant Australian Forward Arthur Beetson, who earned his nickname "half a game Artie" for setting the Australians on the way to victory and then being replaced by a freshed Dick Thornett at halftime.

The replacement rule operated for the first time since 1924. Australia's captain-coach Ian Walsh replaced Beetson because he felt he was not fit enough to last 80 minutes. But Beetson had done the early damage. Stealing the ball from a British forward, he ran to set up a try for Ken Irvine. The try was Irvine's tenth against Great Britain, breaking the record he shared with Gasnier and Billy Boston. Irvine scored two more in the match to take his tally to 12. Beetson was again the catalyst for the second try, scored on the opposite wing, when he kicked from halfway towards the hill corner. Johnny King, forever in position, won the race for the ball. Johns converted and Australia led 8 - 0. Walsh was the only forward in the Third test pack to have played in the First test.

Kelly, Wittenberg, Veivers, Beetson and Lynch, as well as Thornett did not play in that loss. Thornett had been left out of the 15 for the Third test, but the Australian Rugby League refused to accept the team until he was added.

Even with Watson off the field, it required a highly contentious try to edge Australia to a 19 -14 Ashes winning victory. Referee Col Pearce had ruled that a pass from Johns midway through the second half, which hit Irving on the shoulder, had gone backwards. The British, and many in the crowd, felt it was knocked forward.

Johns helped seal the victory four minutes from the end when he sliced through again and gave Irvine his third try. Irvine's three try effort in the Test is still the only time an Australian has scored three tries in a test against Great Britain on home soil.

(From the History of Austrailian Rugby League.)


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