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Title: ... p30 - Cliff Watson - Memories of Cliffs encounter with Jim Morgan

Jim Morgan scored twice in the first Test of the 1970 tour but it is not for the tries that he is most remembered

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Memories of Cliffs encounter with Jim Morgan

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July 6, 1970

27/11/2006


First Test, Lang Park, July 6, 1970


Sydney garbo Jim Morgan scored twice in the first Test of the 1970 tour but it is not for the tries that he is most remembered.



BATTERED hero . . . Jim Morgan after the second Battle of Brisbane. He enjoyed scoring two tries.


It is the photo of him after the match, his face covered in blood and his nose a flattened pulp after he was head-butted by Great Britain forward Cliff Watson.

The match was the second to earn the title "The Battle of Brisbane" and this time Australia won the game, 37-15, although the Englishmen could be said to have won the fight.

The set-to between Morgan and Watson broke out late in the first half. After an all-in brawl had subsided the two stood holding each other's jerseys.

Morgan attempted a head-butt and Watson replied with interest.

When Watson stayed in Australia after a stint with Cronulla in the early 1970s the two men became close friends but Morgan, who died while swimming at the Gold Coast last year, always felt he had the last laugh.

As he said after the match: "They can break my nose in any Test as long as I can still score two tries."


Appears in the following pages ....P30_Cliff WATSON
Date of posting ... 29-Jun-2006
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