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(m30) Widnes Vikings first official World Club Champs Nov 1989 -v-Canberra Raiders

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Friday, May 04, 2012

Widnes Vikings first official World Club Champs Nov 1989 -v-Canberra Raiders

MEMORABLE MATCHES #30

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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



Match submitted by Phil of Widnes 05/08/2006.

View the video of the famous Jiffy Davies try after being decapitated by Laurie Daley
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Widnes 1989 wcc final win

Widnes 30 - 18 Canberra Raiders


Widnes provided the English game with a substantial boost as they turned on the style to beat Australian champions Canberra Raiders in front of some 30,786 people at Old Trafford on Wednesday 4th October 1989.

Just looking at the result it would appear that Widnes were comfortable winners but that hides the whole truth of a game, which took true grit and determination to win. In the opening 25 minutes Widnes looked decidedly ropey in defence and seemed to lack any ideas or cohesion in attack and Canberra looked as if they might inflict an embarrassing score on the men from Naughton Park.

1 Alan Tait
2 Andy Currier
3 Jonathan Davies
4 Darren Wright
5 Martin Offiah
6 Tony Myler
7 David Hulme
8 Joe Grima
9 Phil McKenzie
10 Derek Pyke
11 Kurt Sorensen
12 Paul Hulme
13 Richie Eyres

14 Barry Dowd
15 Paul Moriarty
16 Brimah Kebbie
17 David Smith

Tries Davies, Wright, Offiah 2, D.Hulme, Eyres
Goals Davies 3

Ref F.Desplats

Att 30,786

The opening 25 minutes saw Canberra turn the screw on the Widnes defence and raced into a 12 point lead with every attack seemingly threating to put points on the board. Their running was strong and hard, their handling seemingly faultless and with fiercely strong support play it was seemingly inevitable when Canberra captain Mal Meninga crossed in the 8th minute and Chris O'Sullivan went over in the 11th minute, and if this had been a boxing match, the tie would most certainly have been stopped as Widnes sagged and wilted on the ropes.

However, this wasn't a boxing match and some desperate tackling and gritty determination saw off the killer blows and gradually Widnes clawed their way back into the match. To be fair the Widnes play hadn't been flowing but with the half-time interval fast approaching, they were amazingly only 4 points down.

Paul Hulme scored the first Widnes try after some neat, enterprising play had seen the ball move down the right before switching sharply to the left with the crucial gap being prized open by some neat play by Joe Grima and man-of-the-match, David Hulme. Some 8 minutes later Martin Offiah scored his first of 2 tries on the night after he found space down the wing after a Derek Pyke offload had sent Phil McKenzie through a gap in the Canberra defence. At half-time the Widnes outfit were trailing by a mere 2 points which would have seemed out of the question with around 15 minutes gone, and were further boosted by the sight of Meninga limping out of the game.

The first 5 mins of the second half effectively sealed the game in Widnes' favour. Some enterprising play by Widnes saw Davies head for the corner for a certain try, only for Laurie Daley to come steaming across in a late attempt to foil the try. Call it desperation or what you will, but Daley almost took the Welshman's head off in one of the few really vicious incidents on the night, ironically Davies still managed to ground the ball and the incident cost Daley 10 minutes cooling down time in the sin bin.
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The Australians never fully recovered from this and 2 minutes later Offiah raced away to score in the corner following a great break by Darren Wright from a short offload in the tackle from Joe Grima.

The next try came after after some enterprising play that covered almost the length and width of the pitch, with Richie Eyres finishing it off in suitable fashion, weaving his way over with some nifty foot work.

The game was well and truely over when, after Daley had dropped the ball over the Widnes line, Sorensen took a quick tap and fed the ball to Barry Dowd, who after two outrageous dummies and some fifty yards later, fed the ball to the supporting Wright who raced away unopposed to score under the posts.

Canberra had the last word on the try scoring count when Steve Walters crossed from close range but it was too little too late for a Canberra side who were well beaten on the night. As skipper Kurt Sorensen collected the trophy the celebrations had only just begun for Widnes, the first team to be officialy crowned European and World Club Champions. A fitting tribute not only to some fantastic Rugby League that was evident but to a unbelievable team performance. The ultimate accolade in the club game, the people's game, was won the way it should be, with great skill, determination and above all great team-work.

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(m29) Widnes V Australia on the 1973 british tour

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Friday, May 04, 2012

Widnes V Australia on the 1973 british tour

MEMORABLE MATCHES #29

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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 Brutal Club game on the 1973 Tour, two sent off... Widnes reduced to 10 men.



From Yan Taylor, Widnes, England.

Received 5/8/2006

Regarding hard games from the past, I Can't sit by and not mention the tour match between Widnes V Australia on the 1973 british tour.

This was a brutal game of rugby league, with both teams guilty of fowl play.

Things got so much out of hand that the referee called the two captains together to try and calm both teams down.

Two of the worst incidents came almost on the stroke of half time when at a play the ball on the 38th minute, Bob McCarthy kicked and then stamped all over Reg Bowden giving the referee no alternative but to send him off. One minute later Aussie hard man John O'Neill head butted Bob Blackwood in the tackle, only for Blackwood to retaliate and butt the Kangaroo back.

When the dust finally settled Blackwood was sent from the field while O'Neill was carried from the field with a broken jaw.

The Australians scored two tries through McCarthy and Bobby Fulton plus a goal from Graham Langlands.

Widnes played well against the tourists though and managed to score a try through Tommy Warburton, with Ray Dutton adding the conversion after an earlier penalty.

The Chemics went in at the break 7-8 down.

In the second half things went against Widnes, losing Ray Dutton, Big Jim Mills, Alan Prescott and John Foran through injuries.

The Aussies ran five tries through, Langlands two, Tommy Ruadonikis, Orr and Stevens.

A ten man Chemics would not lie down though and forward Dave Macko scored the last try of the game.

(Quigs here - Many thanks for the contribution Yan..)

 

(m27) WEMBLEY CHALLENGE CUP 1980 - Battle of Hull

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Friday, May 04, 2012

WEMBLEY CHALLENGE CUP 1980

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MATCH SUMMARY Battle of Hull Challenge Cup Final



Battle of Hull Challenge Cup Final.
Written by Hull KR fan: Jonathon Knaggs, the webmaster of the Official Hull KR website Click to visit.


May 3rd, Wembley 1980 is a day never to be forgotten. Probably remembered as the greatest moment ever in Hull KR's history not only was it our first Challenge Cup victory but to top things off it was our local rivals who fell at the hands off the mighty Hull KR. The clash of the giants was hailed by the national press as a "Hullava match" and a "HumberDinger".

After eight minutes, Roger Millward found touch 35yd from Hull's line, Watkinson tapped, Holdstock and Agar combined for Lockwood to take the third pass, he delayed his pass to perfection and sent big winger Steve Hubbard through a gap the winger rounded Pickerill and beat Bray and Woods to score 15yd in on the left. Hubbard missed the conversion, but straight after the try the referee awarded a penalty for a late tackle from Woods and a punch by Bray. Hubbard didn't miss this time and the score was 5-0 to Rovers after 10 minutes.

From the kick off, Wileman was given offside and Rovers had a penalty, Hall found touch, Lockwood and Holdstock drove the ball forward from the tap. Rovers worked a move with Agar and Millward getting Lowe moving but Wileman was severly cautioned after flooring Millward off the ball resulting in Millwards jaw being broken. Hubbard kicked the simple penalty to give Rovers a 7-0 lead.

In the 28th minute Hull got on the scoreboard, Wilby went over the line despite the presence of Casey and Hubbard, the conversion was missed and the score was 7-3. The next score was in the 40th minute, Watkinson, Casey and Holdstock drove solitary furrows into the Hull half and Agar and Lockwood sent Lowe racing into a two man tackle, Millward moved to acting half and from 30yds he dropped a goal with his left foot to make the half time score Hull KR 8 - Hull FC 3.

The next score was in the 51st minute when Lloyd kicked over a simple penalty to make the score 8-5. In the 75th minute Lloyd was penalised for obstruction when he held back Millward as he supported Casey and Hubbard kicked the penalty to make the score 10-5, the last five minutes were tense but Rovers confidence proved the better as the final hooter went, every Rovers player, supporter and coach jumped up with excitement, Rovers had won the Challenge Cup and to add to the excitement, they had done it by beating their city rivals which made it a lot more worthwhile.

Millward went up to collect the trophy, the roar from the crowd could have been heard back up in Hull, the parties where about to begin. The game ended a long wait for a Challenge Cup final appearance for the great Rovers players Roger Millward, Phil Lowe and Clive Sullivan. Two Rovers players went through the pain barrier, Millward played the last 65 minutes with a broken jaw and Lowe had pain killing injections in his shoulder before the start and at half time. But the final outcome was worth it for both players.

The week that followed saw massive parties throughout East Hull, a club within Hull KR was formed called the "10-5 Club". Whenever the score "10-5" is mentioned the 1980 final will be remembered.


Match Statistics

HULL KINGSTON ROVERS 10
Tries: Hubbard.
Goals: Hubbard 3.
Drop-Goals: Millward.
Team: David Hall; Steve Hubbard, Mike Smith, Steve Hartley, Clive Sullivan; Roger Millward (c), Alan Agar; Roy Holdstock, David Watkinson, Brian Lockwood, Paul Rose, Phil Lowe, Len Casey. Subs: Phil Hogan, John Millington.

defeated

HULL FOOTBALL CLUB 5.
Tries: Wilby.
Goals: Llyod.
Team: Paul Woods; Graham Bray, Graham Walters, Tim Wilby, Paul Prendiville; John Newlove, Clive Pickerill; Keith Tindall, Ron Wileman, Charlie Stone, Charlie Birdsall, Sammy Lloyd, Steve Norton (c). Subs:Vince Farrar, Brian Hancock.

Venue: Wembley. Crowd: 95,000 (capacity).
Date: Saturday May 3, 1980.
Referee: Fred Lindop (Wakefield).
Lance Todd Torphy Winner: Brian Lockwood (Hull KR).
Note: Forward packs are listed from prop to loose forward.

Interview with Roger Millward
From BBC SPORT / CHALLENGE CUP HEORES
,

Cup heroes: Roger Millward

"It was every schoolboy's dream to play at Wembley in a Cup final and I thought my chance had gone" Roger Millward

To Roger Millward, the phrase "no pain, no gain" has special meaning.


The 1980 Challenge Cup final was just 15 minutes old when he broke his jaw.

Lesser men would have sought the safety of the changing room, but not Millward.

The Hull KR legend cleared his head and threw himself into the tackle just as enthusiastically as he always had.

His bravery brought its rewards: victory over city rivals Hull and a much-cherished winners' medal.

"As soon as I was tackled I knew the jaw was broken," he tells BBC Sport.

"The bone was out of place and I could feel it wasn't right. "Fortunately, a few seconds later, I went in to tackle Hull's Steve Norton and my jaw caught his knee.

"The impact caused my jaw to click back in place and I was able to carry on playing.

"My half-back partner, Allan Agar, did a great job for the next 20 minutes while I was recovering."

For Robins fans, victory over Hull in the 1980 final was especially sweet.

But for Millward, it was just a relief to be playing at Wembley.

"It was every schoolboy's dream to play at Wembley in a Cup final and I thought my chance had gone," he says.

"To play against Hull was even more special and quite a unique event.

"It provided for a terrific atmosphere during the week leading up to the match.

"I think I enjoyed the build-up as much as the game itself, but the atmosphere at Wembley was unbelievable, especially before kick-off.

"I went out for a walk on my own on the pitch about 90 minutes before the game was due to begin.

"Even though there were only about 30,000 spectators in the stadium, the hairs on the back of my head were standing up, such was the intensity of the atmosphere.

"As captain, I was the one who had to go back to the dressing room and steady the rest of the team.

"I was the one who had to keep calm and appear in total control, but I was so nervous I could hardly speak myself."

"I had the jaw wired up and intended to carry on, but I broke it again in an A-team match" Roger Millward

Millward's words of wisdom obviously had the desired effect.

Hull KR won the match 10-5 in front of a crowd of 95,000.

"We had a tremendous pack, with some very experienced forwards in Phil Lowe, Brian Lockwood and Len Casey," recalls Millward. "They set up the platform for our win."

The Challenge Cup final proved to be Millward's last.

"I had the jaw wired up and intended to carry on, but I broke it again in an A-team match," he recalls.

"That was the end but at least I got a winners' medal."

 

(m05) ST GEORGE DRAGONS THRASHED BY THE TOURING POMS

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(m04) ST GEORGE DRAGONS THRASHED BY THE TOURING POMS

MEMORABLE MATCHES #05

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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 The Great Britain touring side of 1962 were set to play against the might of the St George Powerhouse at the Sydney Cricket Ground



The Great Britain touring side of 1962 were set to play against the might of the St George Powerhouse at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The Saints where well on their way with their run of 11 straight premierships. They had won every season since 1956 and in 62 is seemed like a formality that they were going to win yet again.

This game was played midweek and four days after Australia's dramatic 18-17 win in the third test.

Both teams fielded the strongest possible playing strength.

Saints had Graham, Lumsden, Brown, Gasnier, King, Clay, O'Bryan, Raper, Provan(c), Ryan, Porter, Walsh, Wilson, (res) Riley and Armstrong.

Great Britain: Round, Boston, Ashton(c), Fox, Southward, Bolton, Murphy, Turner,Huddart, Edgar, Herbert, Sayer, McTigue, (res) Carlton and Gilfedder.

Mass truancy, sickies and early knockoffs was the order of the day as nearly 60,000 packed the ground to watch the game. (If you were one of these let me know your story)

St George hit the front early in the game and the crowd thought that the Mighty Dragons would "murder" the Poms. As descibed in the History of Australian Rugby League, "But for the next 55 minutes of football, St george was twisted and taunted by a far better team. Saints did not score again. Great Britain moved into gear scoring seven tries in a 33 - 5 victory. Never before or again during the era would the might of St George be treated with such contempt. So seriously did Great Britain take the match that brilliant half back Alex Murphy took the field with a badly injured arm which he later discovered was broken.




(m06) 1973 GRAND FINAL, MANLY -V- CRONULLA - toughest GF of them all

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1973 GRAND FINAL, MANLY -V- CRONULLA - toughest GF of them all

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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..Manly won again in 1973, defeating the Tommy Bishop-led Cronulla team in what is still claimed today as the most brutal grand final of them all



The toughest Grand Final of them all


Posted by Quigs - Found this link 06/01/2013, on good old YouTube ...
VIDEO LINK ... Short Clip of the 73 GFruns for 2 mins but shows some of the mayhem

Link Ref includes players ..30,47, 51,53,69,75,77,82,


VIDEO LINK
73 GF Fultons First Try(links to www.centenaryofrugbyleague.com.au)


VIDEO LINK
Bozo Fultons 2nd Try of the game(links to www.centenaryofrugbyleague.com.au)

The 1973 Grand Final saw Manly Warringah defending their title which they won for the first time in 1972 when they defeated Parramatta.

Manly were the raging hot favourites to defeat the Tommy Bishop led Sharks who were tasting their first ever Grand Final after being admitted to the competition in 1967.

(As reported in the History of Australian Rugby League)

Manly won again in 1973, defeating the Tommy Bishop-led Cronulla team in what is still claimed today as the most brutal grand final of them all.

Bobby Fulton, brilliant and unpredictable, bobbed up for two tries in the 10 - 7 victory. (Bloody Fulton) Cronulla's forward pack included Cliff Watson, Ken Maddison, Greg Pierce, John Maguire, Grahame Bowen and Ron Turner, and yet they were still at long odds to upset the favourites.

With Bishop scheming all the way, the first half was a running battle, a bitter conflict that almost brought about Manly's undoing. Manly's English lock, Mal Reilly, damaged his hip and had to leave the field in the first half. Players continued their battle with each other, the pockets of skirmishes often at different corners of the field. In the end the dazzle of Bob Fulton prevailed.


Caption with original picture stats -
Boys will be boys. All hell breaks loose as Cliff Watson and Peter Peters clash in the 1973 grand final. Incident instigator, Cronulla captain Tommy Bishop, second from right, seems to be looking for a place to hide.
- thanks Jason Buffier
Players involved from left to right
John O'Neill, Manly, Greg Pearce Sharks, Peter Peters Manly, Cliff Watson, Keith Page Ref, Warren Fischer, Tommy Bishop and Bob Wear

Posted Oct 2013... want to compare Grand Final Ticket price ranges.














 

 

 

(m07) FIRST STATE OF ORIGIN 1980 - The Legend Begins - Artie belts the Crow

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FIRST STATE OF ORIGIN 1980 - The Legend Begins

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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 It was agreed that in 1980 if the first two interstate games were won by the same side, then a 3rd game would be played with players representing their State of Origin



 

State of Origin was alive and well in Aussie Rules and it was the brainchild of Queensland's Rugby League Supremo Ron McAuliffe, that it would bring life back into the New South Wales, Queensland rivalry.

New South Wales had won the previous 13 straight games and as the interest in the games declined, crowds in excess of 30,000 were now getting around 10,000 spectators.

It was agreed that in 1980 if the first two interstate games were won by the same side, then a 3rd game would be played with players representing their State of Origin.

New South Wales won the first two so the stage was set for the first ever State of Origin Match to be played at Lang Park Brisbane. It was a chance for Sydney based Queenslanders to play for the maroons. and, to be eligable to play depended on where you first played senior football.

Played on July the 8th, the game was played before 31,000 emotionally charged spectators in an electirc atmosphere at Lang Park. Who could forget the determination of Artie Beetson and how he gave his teammate and all round good guy Mick Cronin a whack and a smack for getting in his way.

Queensland won 20 -10. Raudonikas captained the Blues, King Wally played lock. Choppy Close was the first ever Man of the Match.


Chris Close scores the match clinching try in the historic
first State of Origin game
.

Both NSW Rugby League and the Qld Rugby League agreed that the concept should be run again in 1981 with the NSW club players against Queensland club players and if the same side won both matches then a State of Origin clash would be on again. As fate had it it was to be as such. Queensland won the State of Origin Clash, but that would be the last time that concept was taken and the future clashes were all played with players representing their states.

(were you at the first State of Origin - why not tell us about it)

MATCH DETAILS

QUEENSLAND 20
Tries: Kerry Boustead, Chris Close
Goals: Mal Meninga 7
Team: Colin Scott; Kerry Boustead, Mal Meninga, Chris Close, Brad Backer; Alan Smith, Greg Oliphant; Wally Lewis, Rod Reddy, Rohan Hancock, Arthur Beetson (c), John Lang, Rod Morris Replacements: Norm Carr, Bruce Astill
Coach: John McDonald

defeated

NEW SOUTH WALES 10
Tries: Greg Brentnall, Tom Raudonikis
Goals: Mick Cronin 2
Team: Graham Eadie; Chris Anderson, Steve Rogers, Mick Cronin, Greg Brentnall; Alan Thompson, Tom Raudonikis (c); Jim Leis, Graeme Wynn, Bob Cooper, Craig Young, Steve Edge, Gary Hambly Replacments: Steve Martin, Robert Stone
Coach: Ted Glossop.

Venue: Lang Park
Date: July 8 1980
Referee: Billy Thompson
Crowd: 33 210
Man of the Match: Chris Close (Qld)

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Link to Favorite Moment #22 Transcript of Interview with Artie where he again reiterates about his selection in State Of Origin #01.....  CLICK HERE

(m08) 1977 TIED RUGBY LEAGUE GRAND FINAL Saints v Parra - First Tied GF

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Friday, May 04, 2012

1977 TIED RUGBY LEAGUE GRAND FINAL

MEMORABLE MATCHES #08

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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 The 1977 Rugby League Grand Final went down in History as the first ever tied Grand Final.



St George -v- Parramatta

VIDEO LINK
Lord Teds 1977 GF Try - a beauty(links to www.centenaryofrugbyleague.com.au)


The 1977 Rugby League Grand Final went down in History as the first ever tied Grand Final. Even with twenty minutes of extra time, could the sides be split, and the game was set down to be replayed the following Saturday.

Parra had knocked out the Bob Fulton led Roosters to earn the right to face Harry Baths St George Dragons. The date was September the 17th.

Played before 65,959 people the gripping grand final ended in a 9 all draw after the addition of 20 minutes extra time.

It was a fluctuating struggle with saints bolting to a commanding lead and the Eels steadily whittling away the deficit in a torrid second half. In the 62nd minute Parra Coach Fearnley appeared to make a winning move when he sent on the injured John Bomber Peard. His pin point kicking game, particularly the high bomb had proved the down fall of many sides during the season.

He linked with cronin to put Sulkowicz over for the equalizer late into the game, but the Cronin pressure conversion veered to the side of the upright and the game was forced to go into extra time.



In a torrid period both defences held and the game was scheduled for the historic replay the following Tuesday.

(See match No 10)

 
 

(m09) 1970 GRAND FINAL, SOUTHS -V- MANLY - Sattlers courage

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1970 GRAND FINAL, SOUTHS -V- MANLY - Sattlers courage

MEMORABLE MATCHES #09

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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 SUMMARYSouths win and the courage of John Sattler playing with a badly broken jaw




From the History of Australian Rugby League.


One of the best examples of great courage in the 1970's was that of renowned South Sydney tough man, Johnny Sattler.

Satts, South's Captain, refused to leave the field in the 1970 Grand Final against Manly at the Sydney Cricket Ground after his jaw was broken in two places three minutes into the match.

A punch from behind collected him flush on the jaw. When Sattler realised he had been injured he propped near South's dual international winger Michael Cleary and said to him ; "Mike, hold on to me...don't let me fall. I don't want these bastards (Manly) to know I'm crook.

Sattler composed himself and tore back into the rucks, taking the ball up strongly and doing his share of the tackling. It wasn't until halftime that the rest of his teammates even knew that he was playing with a smashed jaw. Sattler pleaded to be allowed to return for the second half. His wish was granted and souths turned a 12 - 6 lead into a commanding 23 - 12 win.

Two months after the Sattler incident the NSW Rugby League outlawed head high tackles.

( I watched this game from the famous Hill of the Sydney Cricket Cround, do you have any memories of this match.)

Video Link -->

Courage - John Sattlers Broken Jaw In The 1970 Rugby League Grand Final

Added 17-Nov-2013

.view the infamous incident with Bucknell and some great post years comments from Lurch and Coote..
 .

This Vid found on good old Youtube

Link Status: .. Still Active

Players involved ... .. 29,47,51,73,88,




Video Link -->

1970 - John Sattler talking about the 1970 grand final

Added 01-Dec-2013

John Sattler talking about the 1970 grand final, almost all of which he played with a broken jaw to help Souths to victory over Manly. Great work by The Game Plan for giving us this great clip!

This Vid found on good old Youtube

Link Status: .. Still Active

Players involved ... .. 29, 73, 47. 84,


see stories about this player.....there is a lot of comments...

 
 

(m10) 1977 GRAND FINAL REPLAY, SAINTS -V- PARRAMATTA

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1977 GRAND FINAL REPLAY, SAINTS -V- PARRAMATTA

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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 Baths Babes victorious, Reddy goes Ballistic



VIDEO LINK (includes Stones Try)
Harry Bath Tribute(links to www.centenaryofrugbyleague.com.au)




After the historical first ever tied Rugby League Grand Final, the stage was set for the much anticipated replay. The game was held at the SCG on Tuesday, with 48.828 spectators in attendance.

St George under the guidance of the "old Fox" coach Harry Bath bustled, belted and blasted Parramatta off the field with some wild rough house play.

The Eels buckled under a St George onslaught that was totally uncomprising in its intensity.

Two tries, a penalty try, six goals and a field goal gave Saints a 22-0 victory.


Robert Stone scores Saints first try

In the game St George's International forward, Rod 'Rocket' Reddy went ballistic and copped at least four cautions during the game. In particular his run ins with the parramatta lock Ray Price. It was amazing that Reddy remained on the deck for the entire 80 minutes.



Rumour had it that Parramatta were instructed by their coach Terry Fearnley not to retaliate to any St George discretions and to turn the other cheek. According to reports of the match Fearnley angrily refutes these claims and stated that he never gave such intructions to his players.

Video Link -->

1977 Rugby League Grand Final

Added 01-Dec-2013

This Vid found on good old Youtube

Link Status: .. Still Active

Players involved ... 23, 74, 49, 78,91,94,101,






Poor Parra, three grand finals in two years, with no results, and not a win for 31 years since their inception in 1947...

 

(m11) AUSTRALIA -V- GREAT BRITAIN 1967, 3rd Test - Station Road Ground Swinton

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AUSTRALIA -V- GREAT BRITAIN 1967, 3rd Test - Station Road Ground Swinton

MEMORABLE MATCHES #11

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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 1st Aussie Team to retain ashes in UK Game played in snow after 21 tonnes of straw placed on surface



Australia went into the third test with their eyes on the prize - that being the first touring team to defend the ashes that they had won in 1963.

Great Britain had won the first test 16 -11. Gasnier had broken a bone in his leg, Dennis Manteit had been marched and Raper had suffered a depressed facture of the cheek.

The Aussies won the second test in London. Australia was brilliantly lead by stand in captain Gallagher. From match reports Ron Coote was brilliant in his debut test match. Australia won 17 -11.


Ron Coote about to be meanaced by Cliff Watson, with Johnny King in support.

(As reported in the History of Australian Rugby League)

Yet Australia's Third Test victory was even more meritorious. On a snow hardened Station Road Ground, Swinton, in conditions which suited Great Britain, Australia tackled with such committment that the British were restricted to a single try, scored in the last twenty minutes of the match. To counter the snow, the field was covered in 21 tonnes of straw. Snow fell during the match. With Raper as captain, Coote and Johnny King collected tries to se the Australians on their way to an inspired 11 - 3 victory. The third tryscorer was Branson, substituting for Brisbane's Johnny Gleeson, who went of with a broken jaw. Gleeson had been one of the unsung heroes of the tour, having played halfback in the 2nd test and five eight in the decider. In the final 10 minutes or so of "get squares" Noel 'Ned' Kelly, the tough rogue who played 25 tests for Australia was sent off after flattening Britain's best player of the series, Tommy Bishop, as Bishop chased his kick ahead.

( If you had time in the snow when this game was played or have some memories about this game, then why not share it with us all)

 

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