• Short Summary

    ANTI-APARTHEID DEMONSTRATORS FAILED TO DISRUPT THE FIRST MATCH OF THE SPRINGBOKS RUGBY TOUR AGAINST OXFORD UNIVERSITY AT TWICKENHAM IN LONDON, TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

  • Description

    ANTI-APARTHEID DEMONSTRATORS FAILED TO DISRUPT THE FIRST MATCH OF THE SPRINGBOKS RUGBY TOUR AGAINST OXFORD UNIVERSITY AT TWICKENHAM IN LONDON, TODAY (WEDNESDAY). IN THE GAME OXFORD DEFEATED THE SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM 6-3.

    BOTH SIDES WERE CHEERED BY THE CROWD OF 5,000 AS THEY LEFT THE FIELD AFTER THE GAME.

    POLICE WERE PRESENT AT THE GAME TO RESTRAIN DEMONSTRATORS. A CROWD OF DEMONSTRATORS WAITED OUTSIDE THE GROUND BEFORE THE GAME, CARRYING BANNERS, AND CHANTING "APARTHEID, OUT, OUT, OUT." THEY THEN JOINED THE QUEUE AT THE BOX OFFICE TO GET INTO THE STADIUM AND SEE THE GAME.

    ONCE THE GAME WAS STARTED THEY KEPT UP A CONSTANT BARRAGE OF CHANTS, JEERS, WHISTLES, AND SLOW HAND-CLAPPING. HOWEVER THEY WERE FREQUENTLY DROWNED OUT BY THE ROAR OF DEDICATED RUGBY FANS.

    THE DEMONSTRATORS NUMBERED ABOUT 500 OUT OF A CROWD OF 5,000. FIVE HUNDRED POLICEMEN KEPT CONTROL OF THE CROWD AND PREVENTED ANY VIOLENT DEMONSTRATIONS ALTHOUGH SEVERAL PROTESTERS RAN ONTO THE FIELD AND AT LEAST TWO ARRESTS WERE MADE.

    OXFORD, INSPIRED BY NEW ZEALANDER CHRIS LAIDLAW, COMPLETELY OUTPLAYED THE SPRINGBOKS, WINNING BY TOW PENALTY GOALS TO ONE PENALTY GOAL.

    AT THE END OF THE GAME, THE CROWD ROSE TO CHEER THE PLAYERS OFF THE FIELD AS LAIDLAW WAS LIFTED SHOULDER HIGH BY HIS TEAM AND THE SPRINGBOKS TRUDGED DEJECTEDLY TO THE DRESSING ROOMS.

    THE HALF-TIME SCORE WAS 6-3 TO OXFORD.

    BRITISH PAPERS FEATURED THE SPRINGBOK CONTROVERSY AND ONE BRITISH INTERNATIONAL PLAYER, JOHN TAYLOR, FORM WALES, HAS DECIDED THAT HE CANNOT PLAY AGAINST THE SOUTH AFRICAN RUGBY TEAM FOR REASONS OF CONSCIENCE AND POLITICS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA95JHN8XW2ZBGYJEHL0BLW46MJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA95JHN8XW2ZBGYJEHL0BLW46MJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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