In spring-like sunshine, 60,000 spectators packed the Stade Colombes, Paris, Feb 18, to watch the Rugby Union international match between France and the all-conquering South Africans.
In spring-like sunshine, 60,000 spectators packed the Stade Colombes, Paris, Feb 18, to watch the Rugby Union international match between France and the all-conquering South Africans. At the end of a long and exhausting tour, during which they had beaten England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, the 'Springboks' were determined to avenge their defeat by France in Johannesburg in 1958.
France kicked off, and almost immediately there was friction in the packs. Referee M.G. Walters of Wales handled the situation perfectly. Twice he called the captains together and his warnings were severe enough to prevent further incidents.
The brilliant French fly-half, Albaladejo, and Rancoule brought the crowd to its feet when they broke away and started a French attack that was halted just inside the 'Springboks' 25-yard line. Albaladejo's long kicks down the wing in the first half, the constant menace of his breaks, and the narrowness with which he missed a drop goal were great trials to the visitors.
With the wind favouring them in the second half, the Springboks began a series of attacks that threatened to sweep all before them. Unfortunately for their hopes of success, the keen French defence, lying well up, stopped them every time. The result was a nil-nil draw, but can be counted as a moral victory for France, for no Springbok side has been defeated in an international in France in the fifty-five years since Paul Roos took the first South Africans there and thrashed France by fifty-five points to six.
South Africa; Wilson (15); Engelbrecht (14); Antelme (13); Kirkpatrick (12); Gainsford (11); Stewart (10); Lockyear (9); Hopwood (8); Pelser (7); G. Van Zil (6); Claassen (5); A.S. Malan (Capt. 4); Du Toit (3); G. Malan (2); and Kuhn (1).
France; Vannier (15); Dupuy (14); G. Boniface (13); Bouquet (12); Rancoule (11); Albaladejo (10); Lacroix (9); Celaya (8); Moncla (Capt. 7); Crauste (6); Saux (5); Bouguyon (4); Roques (3); De Gregorio (2) and Domenech (1).