New Zealand's All Blacks made a triumphant entry into South American rugby on Tuesday (12 October) by crushing Uruguay 64 points to three.
Rugby - Uruguay v. New Zealand, Montevideo - SV Uruguay, kicking right to left (in light shirts) kick off, and ball taken by New Zealand
MV Line-out, ball taken by New Zealand into Uruguayan half
SV PAN TO GV New Zealand convert penalty
SV New Zealand kick-off in second half, taken by Uruguay, who clear back to New Zealand, who attack and score try (3 shots)
SV Loose scrum leading to brawl
CU Spectators look on as New Zealand convert try
Uruguay lock Antonio Echeverria was sent off by Argentinean referee Dr. Carlos colombo for allegedly trying to kick Spiers while he grappled with the Uruguayan forward. But after 10 minutes standing on touchline, Echeverria rejoined the match. Uruguay's only score was a drop goal from Iturria.
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Background: New Zealand's All Blacks made a triumphant entry into South American rugby on Tuesday (12 October) by crushing Uruguay 64 points to three. The match was marred in the second half by a brawl involving most of the players, which was broken up by armed troops.
SYNOPSIS: Two survivors from the 1972 Andes air crash were in the Uruguay team, playing in the light shirts. The All Blacks saw the game as an easy warm-up before their tougher matches against more seasoned Argentine teams.
The New Zealanders proved to be far superior to the less experienced Uruguayans. Their emphasis was on handling and running and these tactics produced 11 tries. One of them, by wing Scott Cartwright, had most of the All Blacks team handle the ball in a move which swept from one end of the field to the other. The All Blacks led 29-nil at half time.
New Zealand team manager Ron Don allowed the Uruguayan coach to change several players at half time so the younger players could gain experience, but this made little difference as New Zealand dominated the whole game anyway.
For the All Blacks, Cartwright scored three tries, Brake two, and Sapsford, Stokes, Rollerson, Cron, Stewart and Sloan each scored one.
Trouble began at the end of this long maul, with the All Blacks pushing the Uruguayans back several yards (metres). It ended with All Blacks prop John Spiers grappling on the ground with a Uruguayan forward.
The brawl spilled over the touch-line into spectators who lined the field. Two armed soldiers ran across the ground to help separate the players.
It was several minutes before play resumed, only to see New Zealand continue their scoring.