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I dont know if you know but Southland also played Fiji in 1951 and wondered if you had anything on that?
Southland Team that played against Fiji in 1951:
From Left - T. A. Budd (captain), C. O. Ballam, J. S. McDonald, C. E.Robinson, W. A. McCaw, M. B. Harrington, F. Boyle, A. Woods, A. L. Wilson, R. A. Harper, D. V. Smeaton,A. Eade, J. T. Millar, L. Ashby, P Creedy (obscured).
It was noted: All of these players (with the exception of Robinson) R. Rouse, T. Edie, G. Hillis, B. Thompson, R. Bowen, R. Wilson and R. E. Anderson will leave the express for Timaru, where they will play South Canterbury on their first game of their northern tour.
Southland v Fiji 1951....
The two teams kept the 12,000 crowd entertained with the Fijians living up to their reputation of playing unorthodox rugby.
It was well remembered that the Fijians were refreshing to watch, throwing the ball around with risk, instead of copybook rugby, which although is very effective can be boring to watch.
From the first minute of play when Len Wilson dropped a perfect goal from 45 yards, until the last whistle the crowd were enthralled.
The result really did reflect the game at 11-11 with the run of play being very even.
Levula, the youngest in the Fiji team, and a champion sprinter, thrilled the crowd with his long running stride, and throw likened to 'gridiron'. It was not an easy task for J. S. McDonald, Southland's strongest tackler to mark this man.
Davie Smeaton showed speed, but the problem was his team mates could not keep up with him, which saw him offloading too early with no one in support.
Bill McCaw worked hard as usual and scored a great try for Southland.
Probably the best play of the game was when Budd called Ashby to punt the ball high instead of taking an easy three points from a penalty in front of the posts.
Later Budd again won praise when he granted a second kick off instead of a scrum in the middle when the Fijian kick off had not gone the required 10 yards.
Along with the referee F. W. Butler, from South Canterbury, who played the advantage rule freely, did not pull up minor breeches and refereed in a 'free spirit' made the game one of the most memorable for the crowd.
How the points were scored:
1 min dropped goal - Len Wilson 3
15 min try - Len Wilson - Con - Lloyd Ashby 5
18 min penalty goa - Radrodro 3
30 min try - Bill McCaw 3
Half time 11 3
50 min try - Trove 3
70 min try - Cavulati - Con - Radrodro 5
Full time 11 11
Reference: Fijians and Southland draw 11- All.
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