1949 All Black Tour to South Africa


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This is a view on the tour with pictures, text and video clips. The Springboks were an untested side after world war II but they managed to beat the mighty All Blacks of Fred Allen by 4-0 in 1949.

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The Springboks - 1949-1989 1949-1962 1963 1965-1989 1949 All Black Tour to South Africa Rugby in the Amateur Era Springbok Documentary: 1949-1989 (1949 All Black Tour to South Africa) 1 1949 © Johan Jooste - 2011


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The Springboks - 1949-1989 1949-1962 1963 1965-1989 1949 All Black Touring Team to South Africa BACK ROW: N.L. Wilson, I.J. Botting, J.G. Simpson, M.J. McHugh, E.H. Catley, W.E. Meates, R.R. Elvidge, E.G. Boggs SECOND ROW: P. Johnstone, C.C. Willocks, P.J. Crowley, L.R. Harvey, L.A. Grant, N.H. Thornton, H.F. Frazer, K.L. Skinner, J.R. McNab SEATED: K.E. Gudsell, J.G. Kearney, R.W.H. Scott, F.R. Allen (Capt.), J.H. Parker (Manager), H. McDonald (Asst. Manager), R.A. Dalton (Vice-Capt.), W.J.M. Conrad, M.P. Goddard, D.L. Christian FRONT ROW: G.W. Delamore, N.W. Black, L.T. Savage, J.W. Goddard, P. Henderson Springbok Documentary: 1949-1989 (1949 All Black Tour to South Africa) 2 1949 © Johan Jooste - 2011


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The Springboks - 1949-1989 1949-1962 1963 1965-1989 1949 All Black tour to South Africa A most disappointing tour for the mighty All Blacks T he first tour, by an International team to South-Africa after world war II, was undertaken by Fred Allen’s All Blacks of 1949. The team came here with the intention to avenge the 1937 series loss to the Springboks. The All Blacks failed to win a single test match and were white-washed, 4-0 by the Springboks. “Never before in the history of rugby had a South African side beaten a touring team in all four Test Matches played in this country, yet this was what happened in the 1949 series against the only logical challengers to South Africa’s proud claim to be champions of the world at this great game. Yet, I would say that never before has there been such a wonderful team spirit as among the 1949 Springboks, and if they did not have the outstanding individuals of other years at least they had the will to win in full measure, and as the season progressed they showed all and sundry, especially their detractors, that there was very little wrong with South African rugby, 1949 vintage. For the New Zealanders it must have been a disappointing tour. But to say that the team was unworthy to wear the famous All Blacks colours is just idle chatter. Seldom has better rugby been played in Britain than provided by the 1945-46 Kiwis, and this 1949 touring team had quite a sprinkling of those stars - nine in all. Outstanding Fullback In Bob Scott, without doubt the finest post-war fullback in the world, they had the acknowledged successor to Gearge Nepia, no praise could be higher. Their skipper had successfully toured with the Kiwis in Britain and proved what an able captain he was in New Zealand in 1946 and in Australia in 1947, and had made over 80 appearances in first class rugby. Outside half, Jim Kearney, was known as the “man with the magic hands” and forwards Ray Dalton and “Ironman” Simpson were worthy successors to the Brownlie brothers, Richardson, Stewart, or Swain. What matter that perhaps three of these stars did not fulfil expectations here? There were others, such as Crowley, Skinner, Elvidge, Harvey, Johnstone and Henderson, who certainly enhanced their reputations while over here and have gone back to their native land most worthy All Blacks and considerably better players than when they left. Springboks Take Their Chances The “grand slam” in the Tests maybe was flattering to the Springboks who, however, made full use of all their chances whereas the tourists squandred theirs in a most unexpected manner. Before the series started if one had prophesied that Bob Scott would miss eleven out of thirteen reasonably easy kicks and that “Okey” Geffin, master as we all knew him to be in this department of the game, would convert ten out of sixteen penalties, rugby men who knew both players would have been astounded. Yet this is precisely what happened and it cost New Zealand one - the First - if not two International victories. One should hesitate to criticise Scott too harshly. As a place kicker he failed miserably but throughout the tour his positional play could not be faulted and he kicked, handled and tackled superbly. Rather do I think team tactics were wrong. Out of luck with his place kicking, Scott lost confidence and it was obvious long before the Third Test that another player should have been appointed to take penalties and conversions. With his strictly limited opportunities, Jack Goddard actually converted more tries (10) than Scott (9) on the tour and besides was always reliable. Scott showed more than once that he was such a grand player that he could have been played on the wing, much as Gerry Brand was , in place of Meates or Boggs. One other excuse could be made for the 1949 New Zealanders, though they would be the last people to seek excuses for their Test failures. Never in the history of New Zealand rugby can an All Black side have fielded such a Springbok Documentary: 1949-1989 (1949 All Black Tour to South Africa) 4 1949 © Johan Jooste - 2011


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The Springboks - 1949-1989 1949-1962 1963 1965-1989 poor pair of half backs. The trouble began at the base of the scrum where plucky, but inexperienced, Larry Savage was far from up to international standard and Bill Conrad would, any day, have had to give second best to at least six scrumhalves in South Africa. So much below All Black standards was their play that Neville Black, who had only operated at the base of the scrum in his school days, had to be tried there - not altogether with success one might add. In only one of the Test Matches did the New Zealand scrumhalf give his side adequate service and this tended to slow up back division already sadly harassed by energetic wing forwards (flankers). Kearney Disappointing To add to these troubles, neither Jim Kearney nor “Red” Delamore played up to their known form, Kearney in particular being most disappointing. When touring with the Kiwis in Britain in 1945-46, Kearney was rated on all sides in Wales, of all places, as the finest flyhalf seen there for many years. Believe me, coming from hardened Welch critics that is praise indeed. Before the tourists left New Zealand it was generally conceded that his was the safest pair of hands in the side. Yet cheerful, snowy, Kearney was just not able to strike his best form here and, indirectly, was probably responsible more than any other player for his side’s poor Test record. Hard words those may be about a most charming fellow but there is not the slightest doubt that poor half back play contributed to at least one International defeat. Kearney Bright Future Let not the foregoing detract from the splendid record of the 1949 Springboks. New as every one of them necessarily was to international rugby, almost to a man they played like seasoned veterans and the future is indeed bright for rugby in this country with so many talented youngsters available. 1950 South African Rugby Annual (Ron Aldidge) Muller and Geffin It was mainly due to the highly individual, effective style of play of Hennie Muller at number eight and the deadly boot of Okey Geffin, that sank the All Blacks of 1949. Apart from that, they also struggled in the scrums and later on, Dr. Danie Craven, although a Springbok selector and coach at the time, lectured them on the Springboks’ scrummaging methods. Another factor, which sank the All Black ship, was the poor goal-kicking of their otherwise magnificent fullback, Bob Scott. Lock Felix du Plessis as the Springbok captain, for the first test match against the All Blacks, was the best lineout-jumper and therefore had the respect of his teammates. He however lost his place in the team and also the captaincy after the third test match. According to what Hennie Muller wrote in his book “Tot Siens To Test Rugby”, the Springboks were lucky to escape with a win during the first test at Newlands. Was it not for the boot of Okey Geffin, who slotted a world record five penalties for South Africa, then the All Blacks might have won. The Springboks, all new, were finding that they lost the forward battle and that their backs had no cohesion, mainly because they have never played together as a team before. For the second test at Ellispark, the Springbok selectors made four changes and the All Blacks three. This time the Springboks proved a vastly different proposition from the ragged side that had scraped through via Geffin’s boot at Newlands. At flyhalf, Hansie Brewis played a masterly game after being paired with his Northern-Transvaal scrumhalf, Fonnie du Toit. Hennie Muller felt that this test was his best ever display, which was reflected by some comments from journalists: Winston McCarthy wrote, “Bubbles Koch played a magnificent game for South Africa, but no forward meant more to the Springboks than did that menace of menaces, Hennie Muller.” H.B. Keartland of The Star wrote, “ Hennie Muller, breaking like a flash in the wake of the ball, bowled Kearney over several times, and the flyhalf’s play was definitely affected...Muller again showed himself something of a genius in the loose...” C.O. Medworth of the Natal Mercury wrote, “Hennie Muller played the game of his life at number 8. He broke up innumerable All Black attacks. He initiated movements on his own, and because the Springbok seven were functioning smoothly as well, their eighth in number was the better able to display his judgement, speed and undoubted capabilities.” Hansie Brewis scored one of the most famous tries ever for the Springboks when he faked a dropped goal. Early in the second half, centre Tjol Lategan, sealed victory with a try of his own and the big roar from the 70 000 crowd proclaimed victory, which did much to wipe out the memory Hennie Muller Springbok Documentary: 1949-1989 (1949 All Black Tour to South Africa) 5 1949 © Johan Jooste - 2011


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The Springboks - 1949-1989 1949-1962 1963 1965-1989 of Newlands. The third test in Durban was played in 90 degree heat, (in the shade), and that chiefly attributed in a disappointing test which saw the Springboks win by three goals to one solitary try by the All Blacks. The All Blacks were very displeased by two penalties that referee Eddie Hofmeyr gave against them that cost them the game. Hennie Muller agrees with the referee on one of these penalties, because of obstruction by their world class fullback, Bob Scott, as he ran behind a teammate to dodge Muller. The All Blacks played much better and the Springboks had to defend with determination to hold them out. Although the rubber was won by the Springboks already, the fourth test in Port Elizabeth was a sell-out. With the heat off, the Springboks were prepared to use their backs, and with the All Blacks having nothing to loose, the outcome was an exciting, action-filled test with the Springboks deserving their 11-8 victory after trailing 0-3 at half-time. Brewis showed that he could open up and run the ball just as expertly as he could use his boot. It was an undeniable fact that the Springbok backs had the better of their opponents when on the move. Fullback Bob Scott squandered a number of penalty chances for the All Blacks, and afterwards took the blame for the loss upon himself. The Springboks had scored a “Grand Slam” over the All Blacks, which seemed impossible, but true. To beat the All Blacks 4-0 in a test series, really hurt them badly and they vowed to put things strait when the Springboks next had to tour New Zealand in 1956. Trials In May 1948, New Zealand decided that at the end of that year they would choose a team to tour South Africa in May of the following year, which may well have been mistake number one. During 1948 they went through a series of no fewer than 16 trials. The team assembled in Wellington on April 8. The first match was on Union Day, 31 May. That may have been mistake number two. They had six days in New Zealand before they even sailed. On 14 April they set sail on the Tamaroa, via Perth where they played a match before arriving in Cape Town on 10 May, still three weeks ahead of their first match. That was undoubtedly mistake number three. They went of to Hermanus, then a small holiday resort on the Indian Ocean east of Cape Town. Danie Craven believed firmly that the All Blacks lost it there, through succumbing to the good life. That was mistake number four. No fewer than 112 South African trialists participated in a series of trials in Pretoria that lasted a week. It must be remembered that the last time the Springboks played before 1949 was in the series of 1938 against the British Lions, a period of little action of 11 years. So it was important for the selectors to get to see the full spectrum, the cream of the crop, of South African talent that was available. The South African selectors: from left, J. Kipling, F.W. Mellish, W.C. Zeller, Dr. D.H. Craven, and W.F.R. Schreiner (chairman) Springbok Documentary: 1949-1989 (1949 All Black Tour to South Africa) 6 1949 © Johan Jooste - 2011


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The Springboks - 1949-1989 1949-1962 1963 1965-1989 1949 All Blacks Fullbacks Wings Centres Flyhalves Scrumhalves Prop Forwards Lock Forwards Flankers Eighthmen Manager Assistant Manager Bob Scott, Jack Goddard Eric Boggs, Ian Botting, Peter Henderson, Bill Meates Morrie Goddard, Ron Elvidge, Fred Allen (Capt), Keith Gudsell Neville Black, Red Delamore, Jim Kearney Larry Savage, Bill Conrad Kevin Skinner, Ray Dalton, Des Christian, Johnny Simpson Charlie Willocks, Harry Frazer, Les Harvey, Morrie McHugh Jack McNab, Pat Crowley, Lauchie Grant Peter Johnstone, Neville Thornton J.H. Parker A. McDonald PLAYED 20 4 24 WON 14 0 14 LOST 3 4 7 DRAWN 3 0 3 FOR 202 28 230 AGAINST 99 47 146 PROVINCIAL TESTS FULL TOUR TOP POINTS SCORER TOP TRY SCORER Bob Scott Peter Henderson 60 Points 21 Points 1 Try; 9 Conv; 11 Pen; 2 Dropped Goals 7 Tries Springbok Documentary: 1949-1989 (1949 All Black Tour to South Africa) 7 1949 © Johan Jooste - 2011


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The Springboks - 1949-1989 1949-1962 1963 1965-1989 J.H. Parker Manager Fred Allen-Captain Centre Ray Dalton-ViceCaptain, Hooker A. McDonald Assistant Manager Bob Scott Fullback Jack Goddard Fullback Ian Botting Wing Peter HendersonWing Eric Boggs Wing Bill Meates Wing Morrie Goddard Centre Ron Elvidge Centre Keith Gudsell Flyhalf Jim Kearney Flyhalf Neville BlackFlyhalf Red Delamore Flyhalf Larry Savage Scrumhalf Bill Conrad Scrumhalf Haas Catley Hooker Norman Wilson Hooker Des Christian Prop Forward Johnny Simpson Prop Forward Kevin Skinner Prop Forward Pat CrowleyFlanker Jack McNabFlanker Lauchie GrantFlanker Morrie McHugh Lock Harry Frazer Lock 8 Les Harvey Lock Charlie Willocks Lock 1949 Neville Thornton Eighthman Peter Johnstone Eighthman © Johan Jooste - 2011 Springbok Documentary: 1949-1989 (1949 All Black Tour to South Africa)


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The Springboks - 1949-1989 1949-1962 1963 1965-1989 ITINERARY AND RESULTS - 1949 DATE PLACE TEAM SPECTATORS POINTS FOR AGAINST 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 31 May 1949 4 June 1949 8 June 1949 11 June 1949 15 June 1949 18 June 1949 22 June 1949 25 June 1949 29 June 1949 2 July 1949 9 July 1949 16 July 1949 23 July 1949 27 July 1949 30 July 1949 6 August 1949 13 August 1949 17 August 1949 20 August 1949 24 August 1949 27 August 1949 3 September 1949 10 September 1949 17 September 1949 21 September 1949 Cape Town Wellington Oudtshoorn Port Elizabeth East London Durban Potchefstroom Johannesburg Kroonstad Springs Cape Town Cape Town Johannesburg Bulawayo Salisbury Pretoria Johannesburg Pretoria Kimberley Aliwal-North Springbokpark Durban East London Port Elizabeth Cape Town Combined Universities Boland South Western Districts Eastern Province Border Natal Western Transvaal Transvaal Orange Free State Eastern Transvaal Western Province South Africa Transvaal Rhodesia Rhodesia Northern Transvaal South Africa Northern Universities Griqualand West North-Eastern Disrticts Orange Free State South Africa Border South Africa W.P. City Teams 35 000 20 000 8 000 25 000 15 000 22 000 10 000 44 177 15 000 30 000 30 000 40 000 50 000 8 000 12 000 28 000 70 000 20 000 13 000 7 000 22 000 30 000 18 000 30 000 20 000 11 8 21 6 0 8 19 6 9 5 6 11 13 8 3 6 6 17 8 28 14 3 6 8 11 9 5 3 3 9 0 3 3 9 6 3 15 3 10 3 3 12 3 6 3 9 9 6 11 11 Springbok Documentary: 1949-1989 (1949 All Black Tour to South Africa) 9 1949 © Johan Jooste - 2011


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The Springboks - 1949-1989 1949-1962 1963 1965-1989 Most Influential Springboks of the Series “Okey” Geffin A aron “Okey” Geffin, 225 lb, 6’1” prop forward, lovingly nicknamed “The Boot” by his admiring countrymen has kicked his way to rugby fame, as no other Springbok has done before him. His goal kicking was superlative and has proofed to be a match winner time and again. It was because of a missed kick at goal in a under-16 soccer game that he turned to rugby, and ten years later, “Okey” was kicking his country to a memorable victory over the mighty All Blacks at Newlands in Cape Town. He learned to kick as a youth in Johannesburg, and in 1938 he converted 12 out of 13 tries scored by his side. He started playing senior rugby after the war and in 1946 he played for Transvaal. Since then, Geffin scored more than 900 points in provincial and international rugby, and only 36 points came from tries. This is testimony of his immaculate boot, and he is meticulously and painstaking in preparing for a kick. He developed his own unique method of teeing the ball on a divot of turf and then counting his paces in a straight line back from the ball. As his heavy boot impacts with the leather ball, his right boot stretches to above his head in a follow through reminiscent of a golfer’s swing. “Okey” Geffin became mister reliable for the Springbok teams in which he did duty and it was due to his incredible kicking skills that the Springboks won the first Test match against the All Blacks of 1949. For him rugby was still a game to be enjoyed as a game. But when he came up to take a kick, he did so with a relentless purpose that amazed his teammates every time. To him, his kicking, like the placing of the ball, seam downwards, must be in his own often repeated words, well (“Okey”) “Just Right” Springbok Documentary: 1949-1989 (1949 All Black Tour to South Africa) 10 1949 © Johan Jooste - 2011


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The Springboks - 1949-1989 1949-1962 1963 1965-1989 Hennie Muller H ennie Muller was a swift, tough tackling eighthman who played a pivotal role in two of the most famous series triumphs in Springbok rugby history. He featured prominently in all four tests as the Boks whitewashed the 1949 All Blacks, and later captained the all-conquering South African side that cut a swath through the northern hemisphere on their Grand Slam-winning tour of 1951/2. In a brief, yet brilliant Bok career of just 13 tests, Muller was on the losing side just once, against the 1953 Australians in Cape Town. Muller had the captaincy thrust upon him for the 1951/2 series, stepping into the breach when incumbent Basil Kenyon was injured. His first test at the helm was one of the most celebrated in the long, lauded history of the green and gold. At a packed Murrayfield, the Springboks annihilated Scotland 44-0, a world record victory in an era where a try was worth just three points. Indeed, the Boks’ tally that day of nine tries, seven conversions and a drop goal would have equated to a present day score of 62-0. Muller scored one of his three test tries in the Edinburgh rout, as the Springboks went on to complete the Grand Slam with victories over Ireland (17-5), Wales (6-3), and England (8-3). They also crossed the channel and whipped France 25-3 for good measure. The sole blemish on the 31-match tour was defeat in the final match against London Counties. Muller was just a month old, the youngest of five brothers, when he was forced to move in with his uncle and aunt in Ficksburg after the death of his mother. The family later moved to Wakkerstroom, where Hennie played flyhalf and Springbok Documentary: 1949-1989 wing for the school team. After school he began working at East Rand Premier gold mine, and played a number of different positions in club rugby - first in the backline, then at flank, and eventually in the position where he would make his name. Like fellow Springbok great Frik du Preez, Muller was neither particularly tall nor heavy for a loose forward, but his speed was awesome, and earned him the nickname ‘Windhond’(greyhound). Pace was an attribute that Muller retained throughout his career, and his propensity to appear from nowhere to execute a devastating tackle made him the nemesis of many a flyhalf and inside centre. Muller retired from test rugby after the northern hemisphere tour of 1952, but returned to the game in 1960, when he was named Springbok coach. His record was demonstrably less successful than when he played, with just seven wins and a draw from 16 tests in charge. (1949 All Black Tour to South Africa) 11 1949 © Johan Jooste - 2011


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The Springboks - 1949-1989 1949-1962 1963 1965-1989 D Hansie Brewis flyhalves, Harry Joffe of Free State and Dennis Fry of Western Province. He played his last Test against the Wallabies in 1953 but played on for Pretoria Police (He was a detective sergeant) and Northern Transvaal till 1955. Johannes Daniel Brewis was born on June, 5, 1920, in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. This policeman had a test career of 10 tests only from 1949-53, the same time as Hennie Muller. Nicknamed “Kiewiet”, which means Plover, he weighed only 69 kg and did not look like a great rugby player, but he certainly was. In the second test, against the All Blacks of 1949, Brewis made it “his” test, before a crowd of 72 000 people. The All Blacks knocked on some ten yards from their line and the Springboks won the scrum. Fonnie du Toit fed Brewis, who thought of a drop-goal to the right, but Kearney came charging up to block his kick. Brewis checked, and with electric pace, swung round the back of the scrum to the left. He was looking for support but with no one close to him, he wanted to kick for the corner, but suddenly a gap appeared. Again he showed remarkable speed to sprint twenty yards and through the narrowest of gaps, he went over to score in front of All Black fullback, Bob Scott. This was regarded as one of the great flyhalf tries of all time. Brewis had a hand in the Springboks’ next try as well, when he chipped the ball in front of Lategan who scored. He sealed victory with a dropped goal, after he put the Springboks on attack with a long kick into the All Blacks ‘25. As a member of the famous 195152 Springboks to Britain and France, his talents shone gloriously, and he outplayed the veteran Jackie Kyle (27 test played) and the novice Cliff Morgan in the process. In the Murrayfield massacre against Scotland, which the Springboks won by a record margin of 44-0, Brewis did not kick a lot as running and handling the ball between forwards and backs, was the order of the day. The French called Hansie “Le Genie” after the Springboks thumped them 25-3 in Paris. He had blistering speed of the mark and displayed remarkable ball sense. In any situation on the rugby field he instinctively knew what to do. This unsung hero of South Africa deserves more accolades than he has received, but his legend lives on, even today. What a pity that Brewis and others like Muller, Van Schoor and Lategan, could only play in a few test matches because of the effects of World War II. They were already in the latter stage of their careers when International rugby was resumed for the Springboks in 1949. oc Craven nicknamed him Kiewiet - the Plover - with his hunched shoulders and sudden speed off the mark. He was also a flyhalf with a great boot. It was a kick of his that set up the winning try in the Currie Cup final of 1946, the first time Northern Transvaal had won the prized trophy. Western Province were winning 9-8 when Brewis kicked downfield for his wing Johnny Lourens. Con de Kock, the Western Province fullback came across to flykick the ball into touch and end the match, but the ball hopped awkwardly and beat De Kock. Lourens swooped on it and in the corner scored the try which won the match. When the All Blacks came to South Africa in 1949, Brewis, at 29 years of age, began a Test career of ten successive Tests, never on the losing side. He got in against two highly rated Springbok Documentary: 1949-1989 (1949 All Black Tour to South Africa) 12 1949 © Johan Jooste - 2011


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The Springboks - 1949-1989 1949-1962 1963 1965-1989 R Ryk van Schoor & Tjol Lategan yk van Schoor was not a big man but a powerful, broad-shouldered one. At Paarl Boys’ High he was regarded as too small to play rugby and he played hockey instead. After the first Test the All Blacks went north by train and played twice against Rhodesia. The first match was in Bulawayo and Ryk, who had not been chosen by Western Province in 1948 and had not been invited to the Springbok trials in 1949, was at centre for Rhodesia. Two national selectors were at the match - Danie Craven and Bert Kipling. Rhodesia won 10-8. The second Test in Harare was a 30-all draw. Two of the Rhodesian side were in the Springbok team for the second Test - Salty du Rand and Ryk van Schoor who tackled every All Black who came into his sights. Ryk played with Tjol Lategan in the second Test and from them on for 12 Tests. He played on in Rhodesia till 1951 and then came back to Western Province where he played centre with Tjol at Van der Stel RFC in Stellenbosch. He was never dropped form a Springbok team. After the whitewash of the 1949 All Blacks, Ryk was at centre in the great Springbok team of 1951-52 when all five Tests were won and then played in all four Tests against the `1953 Wallabies. That was his last season. In his autobiography, Bob Scott, the legendary All Black fullback, spoke of Ryk “who was played purely for his amazing defensive qualities and who, in association with Hennie Muller, tore our midfield attack to shreds. If you saw a cloud of dust rising from midfield like an atom-bomb cloud, you knew Van Schoor was at work. He was big and strong and nerveless. He was not really fast but he got such a kick out of making the perfect tackle that he used to clap on all speed just before going into his dive - and boy, was it a powerful dive!” T jol Lategan was originally not selected for the Springboks, when the New Zealand All Blacks arrived in South Africa for their 1949 tour. Playing his club rugby for Stellenbosch University, he had been dropped to the University’s second team when New Zealand faced Western Province, for which Lategan was also not required. But after the Western Province back line produced a disappointing display in that match he was called directly into the South Africa squad for the first Test at Cape Town. In his first Test he was partnered at centre with Floors Duvenage, the only time in his Test career he would not be partnered with Ryk van Schoor. The Springboks won 15-11, and from that point Lategan would appear in every South Africa international match until 19 September 1953. In the second Test the selectors chose Rhodesian crash ball expert, Ryk van Schoor to partner Lategan, beginning a record South African partnership of ten Tests. South Africa won 126, Lategan scoring his first international points in the game when he scored a try. The final two games of the tour, in Durban and the Port Elizabeth, saw Lategan collect his third and fourth caps in two further Springbok victories. Springbok Documentary: 1949-1989 (1949 All Black Tour to South Africa) 13 1949 © Johan Jooste - 2011


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The Springboks - 1949-1989 1949-1962 1963 1965-1989 Springbok Team, 1st Test, Newlands, 16 July 1949 BACK ROW: MIDDLE ROW: SEATED: Bubbles Koch, Okey Geffin, Fiks van der Merwe, Jack van der Schyff, Buks Marais Tjol Lategan, Hansie Brewis, Ballie Wahl, Louis Strydom, Hennie Muller, Cecil Moss Jorrie Jordaan, Felix du Plessis (Captain), Dr. Danie Craven (Manager), Floors Duwenhage, Hoppy van Jaarsveld Springbok Documentary: 1949-1989 (1949 All Black Tour to South Africa) 14 1949 © Johan Jooste - 2011


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The Springboks - 1949-1989 1949-1962 1963 1965-1989 First Test, Newlands, Cape Town, 16 July 1949 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 1 2 3 6 4 5 7 8 Jack van der Schyff * Buks Marais * Floors Duwenhage (vice-captain) * Tjol Lategan * Cecil Moss * Hansie Brewis * Ballie Wahl * “Okey” Geffin * Jorrie Jordaan * Hoppy van Jaarsveld * Fiks van der Merwe * Bubbles Koch * Felix du Plessis (captain) * Louis Strydom * Hennie Muller * SOUTH AFRICA POINTS 5 x Penalties Bob Scott Eric Boggs Ron Elvidge Fred Allen (captain) Peter Henderson Jim Kearney Larry Savage Johnny Simpson Has Catley Kevin Skinner Lauchie Grant Charlie Willocks Les Harvey Jack McNab Neville Thornton NEW ZEALAND 1 x Penalty, 1 x Conversion POINTS 1 x Try 1 x Dropped Goal 15 * New Cap 11 Crowd Attendance: 42 000 No Replacements Allowed Try Conversion Penalty Dropped Goal Referee Eddie Hofmeyr (South Africa) 15 3 Points 2 Points 3 Points 3 Points The South African selectors: from left, J. Kipling, F.W. Mellish, W.C. Zeller, Dr. D.H. Craven, and W.F.R. Schreiner (chairman) (1949 All Black Tour to South Africa) 1949 © Johan Jooste - 2011 Springbok Documentary: 1949-1989



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