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.
GV Africans queuing outside stadium
SV African team leaving coach
SV Chief Matanzima arriving
CU Spectators with painted faces
GV PAN Bantu team onto field to join English team
GV Crowd applaud
GV England in white (right to left) kick off, with loose serum following
GV England win ball from scrum, up right wing and score
SV Scoreboard (England 4; Bantuo)
LV England score second try
GV Scoreboard Bantu nil; England 8
GV Bantu penalty kick just fails
GV Scrummage near Bantu line - England attack and score try through Richards
GV Scoreboard at half-time (4-0)
GV Bantu long penalty kick attempt fails - England clear up field
GV Scrummage near Bantu line - England attack, but ball cleared - England carry back and score
GV Scoreboard 0-29
GV Successful Bantu penalty kick (36-3 final score)
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Background: 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.