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Title: ... p35 - Opinion on the Aussies and Poms from 63 to 1990 - Kevin Blackwell UK


p35 - Opinion on the Aussies and Poms from 63 to 1990 - Kevin Blackwell UK
Players Mentioned p35-Raudonikis, Gasnier,Reilly, Millward,Raper, Coote,Beetson,Fulton,Reddy,Young.Boyd,McTigue, Millward, Murphy- -

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Kevin Blackwell, England

Hull Kingston Rovers

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28/03/2007





In 1963, the 1st test was a night game at Wembley and Gasnier was at his imperious best. He's still the greatest centre I've seen. He never looked as though he was moving, but nobody could get near him. He had class to burn. Then we had the 50 - 12 game at Swinton. The die was cast and I think it gave Australian players the self belief to upset history. Since then of course we've only won one test series (1970), but I believe it was won on the back of my favourite all time player Malcom Reilly; and Roger Millward. They were the difference on that Tour. Many of the series around that time were close and different players stood just above to make the difference. I believe that in 67 it was a John Raper / Ron Coote combination as the game breakers. The test when they won in the snow typified the Australian never-say-die spirit.

In 73 Artie was head and shoulders above the rest.

In 74 it was Ron Coote's famous tackle on Steve Nash that broke our resolve.



In 78 we would have won that series but for the half back combo of Tom R and Bobby Fulton. Fulton was the finest captain of a touring team that I've seen and he lead from the front. Most of the players were young and inexperienced and making their first Tours, but players like Rod Reddy and Craig Young came up trumps. It was also the best test debut I have seen in the decider at Headingley. Les Boyd tortured us for an hour and came off injured, but by then the game and the series were run.

Apart from 1990 when we was within a minute of squaring the series, but for Ricky Stuart's breakout and Big Mal Meninga; since then we've been an embarrassment since 1978. But then we don't have players of the calibre of Reilly, Huddart, McTigue, Millward, Ashton, Murphy, Mick Sullivan.

Personally, I deride the modern game. The scrums are a joke and the 10 metre rule has killed off the great ball playing backs like Murphy and Millward in the British game. Same in the forwards. In those days you had to have the skills to break defences, because they were stood on top of you. Artie was the best ball playing forward I've seen and McTigue wasn't far behind.



 
Appears in the following pages ....P112_Mal MENINGA, P32_Arthur BEETSON, P35_Tom RAUDONIKIS, P43_Les BOYD, P49_Rod REDDY, P51_Malcolm REILLY, P56_Alex MURPHY, P62_Johnny RAPER, P64_Reg GASNIER, P69_Bob FULTON, P85_Roger MILLWARD, P88_Ron COOTE, P94_Craig YOUNG
Date of posting ... 28-Mar-2007
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