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Title: ... p47 - (p23 & p84) John O'Neill on the 1970 World Cup Final - The Battle of Leeds

John O'Neill on the 1970 World Cup Final - The Battle of Leeds.

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John O'Neill on the 1970 World Cup Final - The Battle of Leeds.

South Sydney

1970

11/04/2006

courtesy of Tony Adams great book The Hitmen - A tribute to League's tough guys.

O'Neill was one of Australia's form players throughout the tournament and loomed as a key man in the final. But after being cautioned four times in the lead-up game against England a fortnight earlier, O'Neill was under strict instructions from coach Harry Bath to keep his hands down in the decider. The Englishmen bashed and butted him, stomped and sledged him, but O'Neill never lost his cool and was a hero in Australia's 12 - 7 Win.

"We were lucky to beat the Poms in the final, though," He (O'Neill) says. "They had a top side and if we played them 10 times, they'd probably win eight, but this was our day. We decided the best way to win was to get stuck into them early and, while I was very careful what I did, it worked. Our aggressive play put them off their game. There was plenty of spite right until the end when Eric Simms was punched in the face by one of their players when he tried to shake hands. They had a tough side and fought fire with fire.


Appears in the following pages ....P23_Harry BATH, P47_John O'NEILL, P84_Eric SIMMS
Date of posting ... 11-May-2006
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