So many people expected Ireland to beat the touring Wallabies at Dublin's Lansdowne Road on Saturday, Jan 18th.
So many people expected Ireland to beat the touring Wallabies at Dublin's Lansdowne Road on Saturday, Jan 18th. For one Irish haven't beaten scoring team for over 30 years.
But the general expectation was confounded - and not by Ireland's seasoned backs, who proved a little disappointing - but by the untried forwards..
It would be charlish, however, to criticize too harshly any of the Irishmen who put the Aussian to flight by 9 points to six.
It was a great occasion for Ireland's Jack Kyle, who on this day, equalled the record of Walshman Ken Jones in earning his 44th Irish Cup. And, judging from his performance against the tourists, he cannot fail to beat Jones's tally.
The same itself, if short of good football, abounded with excitement and had a climax which fiction could hardly have bettered. With three minutes to go and the scores level at six points each. Irish captain, Henderson, who is not noted for his speed, lumbered off from the halfway line towards the Aussies' line.
A faster man would have touched down with a couple of yards to spare, but Henderson kept everyone in a scene of nervous exhaustion as he ploughed towards the line, to be caught a yard official and still fling himself over.
The Australian forwards were made to look sluggish - stale perhaps - and were frequently offside. They began well, however, and Phelos put them ahead with a fine try. Midway through the first period Fedlow scrambled a penalty of the post to level the scores, but in the second half Summons again put out the Wallabies in front with another try. Wood and Dawson fell in the hall together to level the scores, once more and in the dying minutes came Handerson's exciting winner.