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The Invercargill-Old-/Boys rugby game in 1956 was evenly contested and the score of 11-3 to Invercargill did not reflect the game. The score at half-time was 3-3 with Old Boys having the better of the play.
Invercargill tried to keep the play in the forwards but Old Boys ensured that they got a supply of ball from set play, opened up the game at every opportunity. Some smooth passing of the wet ball was seen among the Old boys backs.
Old Boy's hooker I. Rance, opened the scoring with a try after bursting round a lineout near the gola line. Invercargill retaliated immediately and Tom Edie charged down a kick from T. Short and dribbled the ball 40 yards to score.
Invercargill produced some devastating forward rushes int he second half and one resulted in a try to B. Millar, which was converted by Les Crosswell.
The final try was a stroke of good fortune for Invercargill. Old Boys clearing kick from the in-goal area was charged down and it rocketed out to the open flank and W. Smith won the race for the ball to score.
Two good half-backs were seen in the action W. Moss (Invercargill) and W. Drummond (Old Boys), who was substituting for Alistair Tait. Moss received plenty of attention from the Old Boys forwards but managed to get his passes away well. Drummond too, handled the sodden ball in good style. The Old Boys backs looked the more dangerous combination and the game was notable for the return to form of R. Harrington, former Southland representative who was in the centre position. He made a number of strong runs and looked overall more the footballer of the previous season.
Brian Tall played a sound game at fullback for Old boys, positioning himself well and linking often with his backs. P. Burns (no. 8) was seen to advantage to several strong bursts in the loose.
The Invercargill backline received few opportunities from set play and the three-quarters in particular had to look for work int he loose. Jack Borland and B. S. Millar stood out in the forwards.
The referee was Mr B. Thomson.
Invercargill: T. Troon, B. Barton, W.. Smith, Les Crosswell, Tom Edie, R. Malcolm, W. Moss, W. Davidson, Jack Borland, F. Whaanga, A. Radka, R. Heathcote, A.J. Borland, L. Agnew, R. Millar, M. Shaw.
Old Boys: Brian Tall, R. Johnson, R. Harrington, B. Cockroft, Pl Beadle, T. Short, W. Drummond, A. Rankin, I.. Rance, J. Brown, Keith Rogerson, H. Pearson, Brian Padget, Owen Thomas, B. Burns.
Reference: Even Contest in Invercargill - Old Boys Game, The Southland Times June 1956
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