• Short Summary

    THE SPRINGBOKS RUGBY UNION TEAM PLUNGED TO THE THIRD AND MOST HUMILIATING DEFEAT OF THEIR BRITISH TOUR TODAY (19 NOVEMBER) WHEN THEY PLAYED AGAINST GWENT AT EBBW VALE IN WALES.

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    THE SPRINGBOKS RUGBY UNION TEAM PLUNGED TO THE THIRD AND MOST HUMILIATING DEFEAT OF THEIR BRITISH TOUR TODAY (19 NOVEMBER) WHEN THEY PLAYED AGAINST GWENT AT EBBW VALE IN WALES. ANTI-APARTHEID DEMONSTRATORS OUTSIDE THE GROUNDS PASSED OUT LEAFLETS WATCHED BY NEARLY 500 POLICE WHO HAD BEEN DRAFTED TO THE AREA TO PREVENT TROUBLE, BUT, IN CONTRAST TO THE SPRINGBOK'S MATCH AGAINST SWANSEA LAST SATURDAY (15 NOVEMBER), TODAY'S PROTEST WAS SILENT, PEACEFUL, AND ALMOST GOOD-HUMOURED.

    THE ANTI-APARTHEID DEMONSTRATION WAS ALSO THE SMALLEST SEEN SO FAR ON THE SPRINGBOK'S TOUR, NUMBERING NO MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE. THOUGH POLICE HAD PLANNED A STRONG GUARD TO PREVENT ENTRY OF THE DEMONSTRATORS INTO THE GROUND, IT WAS NOT, IN THE EVENT, NEEDED, AND SPECTATORS COULD BE SEEN ACCEPTING THE LEAFLETS WITHOUT PROTEST, AND SOME WITH EVEN A SMILE.

    INSIDE, AS A CROWD OF 17,000 WATCHED, THE SPRINGBOKS WERE DEFEATED 14 TO 8 BY GWENT - THEIR THIRD LOSS IN FIVE GAMES IN THEIR 25-MATCH TOUR.

    GWENT'S 19-YEAR-OLD FULL BACK ROBIN WILLIAMS SCORED 11 POINTS FROM THREE PENALTIES AND A CONVERSION. IN CONTRAST, THE SPRINGBOKS MUST HAVE PINED FOR AN ACCURATE GOAL KICKER. FLY-HALF PIET VISAGIE MISSED SEVEN ATTEMPTS AT GOAL, THREE FROM RELATIVELY EASY POSITIONS, WHILE LOCK FRIK DU PREEZ WAS ALSO A ASTRAY WITH ONE OTHER SHOT.

    THE SPRINGBOK LED 8-6 AT HALF-TIME BUT WERE UNABLE TO MATCH THE FIERY WELSH SIDE IN THE SECOND HALF. GAWIE CARELSE AND DU PREEZ WON A MAJOR SHARE OF THE LINE-OUT BALL FOR THE SPRINGBOKS AND HOOKER DON WALTON TOOK FIVE TIGHT HEADS.

    BUT TIME AND AGAIN THE HARD-WON POSSESSION WAS FRITTERED AWAY BY INDISCRIMINATING KICKING FROM THE BACKS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7S6MYRIVTKY0KJ6530GMQ8DCM
    Media URN:
    VLVA7S6MYRIVTKY0KJ6530GMQ8DCM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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