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#1 Rodill Rover

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 09:44 PM

I hope that this has not been posted before, found this clip of The Rovers beating Australia in 1963, I don't think many others teams did.

I remember going to the game, I am sure it was a midweek game, had permission to leave school to go see this piece of history.

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=72qdgCRCjQ0



#2 Jimmy B

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 10:29 PM

Yes great memories, If I remember correctly  Rovers and Cas. were the only club sides beat the tourists on this particular tour.

Interesting to see the Aussies performing their own pre-match war cry.


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#3 TheTerminator

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 01:04 AM

Absolutely love that kit design. IMO still the smartest in RL.

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#4 Andrew Vause

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:24 PM

Great footage, I think Terry posted it about 3 years sgo. It's interesting to see the ground absolutely packed but the crowd nowhere near the gate achieved against St.Helens. I can only imagine what the crowd looked like that day. If you look closely at the Aussie footage the only sparsely populated area was at the Railway side of the Bullock Shed. There is just one hefty bloke and no one else near him, he must have been on the sprouts/Tetley's etc. A la Robin at Widnes 4 years back.

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#5 Andrew Vause

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:43 PM

The daft thing is had we won a couple more games in the 93/94 season we would possibly have played the 94/95 Aussies. The mind boggles Darren Hughes v Mal Menninga. Brett Rodger v Steve Renouf. Graham Southernwood ripping the knickers off of Benny Elias. Aston out foxing Allan Langer and Laurie Daley getting skinned by Warren Wilson. They might have just edged it in the forwards though.

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#6 The Phantom Horseman

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 04:13 PM

The footage at the end of that marvellous clip is of the game against Australia on November 18 1973, the official crowd was 5,659, more than double Castleford's crowd for their game against the tourists. From memory we rested one or two players (Billy Harris replacing Vince Farrar is one switch that's obvious from the clip, unless Vince was injured at the time, and one or two others like Cyril Kellett and Mick Smith). The move that we scored the try from in the first half had produced a try at Wembley earlier that year and remained a Rovers staple until well into the 1980s, indeed at one stage whenever we got inside the opponents' 20 for some years our whole attacking philosophy seemed to be to set up the position for Dave Hobbs to get the ball from 5 yards out, and it seemed to work more often than not. The last footage of the Youtube clip is one of several instances of foul play by the Australians that culminated in Paul Sait being sent off by referee Sam Shepherd.

#7 oldrover

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 05:09 PM

i have the programme from the 1973 game. i was looking at it only yesterday.


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#8 Steve Slater

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 09:43 PM

I think Vince was out injured for virtually all that season (73-74). It was knee ligament damage which nearly ended his career, but he was put right by the same Durham specialist that fixed Jimmy Thompson up (Does anyone know the name of the specialist?). Vince's injury gave Billy Harris his chance, and he just missed out on selection to the '74 tour to Oz. Vince returned the following season and Billy moved on.






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