• Short Summary

    In their first-ever international match on South African soil an African Bantu Rugby XV put on a brave display Wednesday (May 24) in the Isaac Wolfson Sports Stadium, Part Elizabeth, but finally lost to the touring England side.

  • Description

    In their first-ever international match on South African soil an African Bantu Rugby XV put on a brave display Wednesday (May 24) in the Isaac Wolfson Sports Stadium, Part Elizabeth, but finally lost to the touring England side.

    A 20-thousand crowd in scorching beat saw a first half in which England captained by Fran Cotton, showed little sparkle at first. A clear weight advantage gave them most of the play and it was some time before the Africans made any significant move into the English half.

    The African captain Norman Mbika played well at scrum-half and his backs moved well, especially in the first half.

    England scoring began with tries by Richards (2) and Old before half-time. Later there were tries by Larter, Boddy and Morley.

    England full-back S. A. Doble had a very successful game: he kicked three conversions, a penalty goal and a dropped goal.

    In the second half, the South African scrum faded and England virtually took over the match, ending with a total of 36 points.

    Small consolation for the home side came with a penalty - kicked by Flyhalf J. Wani just before the final whistle for 3 points.

    Spectators at the match included Chief Kaizer Matanzima - Prime Minister of the Transkei African Homeland, and a leading Bantu figure in South African politics.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACZLA837736MTY9JCGMBQTI1OT
    Media URN:
    VLVACZLA837736MTY9JCGMBQTI1OT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/05/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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