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youngmunster
25th-July-2011, 04:27
Manu Samoa's win over Australia last weekend is one of the surprising reversals in world rugby. Here is David Leggat's and Dylan Cleaver's top 10.





(1) Wales 3 All Blacks 0, Cardiff, December 16, 1905


An upset? Well, consider the backdrop. The Originals were away from home almost five months, played 35 games, won 34.


No team reached double figures against them, and it was on this tour the legend both of All Black rugby, and the Wales-New Zealand rivalry was born.


The Welsh test came after wins over Scotland, 12-7, Ireland and England, both 15-0, and France were beaten 38-8 in Paris at the end of the tour.


On this day, New Zealand were off their game, tiring from the rigours of the travel and short of three key players, including first five-eighth Billy Stead and big forward Bill Cunningham.


Wales weren't in bad shape, with only one new cap, first five-eighth Percy Bush, and he'd played for Great Britain, as the Lions were then known, a year earlier in New Zealand and Australia.
<DIV id=DivC&#111;ntenect style="6200: " ="advert">The only try was scored by wing Teddy Morgan. One of rugby's great controversies happened that day, the try scored, or not, by Bob Deans. It was ruled out by a slow-moving referee who was well behind the play, wearing street shoes. </DIV>


However there was a view at the time that, for all that, New Zealand were the inferior team on the day.


(2) Newport 3 All Blacks 0, Rodney Parade, October 30, 1963


Just the third game of a 36-game, four-month tour and Newport carried on Wales' tradition of great club victories by Swansea and Cardiff.


In drizzly, muddy conditions at Rodney Parade, Newport, who had the dazzling future Lion and league international David Watkins at first five-eighth, were fired up.


The only points came from a skiddy dropped goal by centre Dick Uzzell in the first half.


It was a nightmare start to the All Black career of first five-eighth Earle Kirton, who unfairly copped a share of blame for the loss.


It's worth looking at the All Black side: Clarke D., Caulton, MacRae, Walsh, Davis, Kirton, Briscoe, Lochore, Nathan, Tremain, Meads, Horsley, Clarke I., Major, Whineray (c). Not exactly a lightweight combination.


Newport celebrated like there was no tomorrow. Indeed, a Welsh team has only beaten the All Blacks once since then. Read on ...


(3) England 18 South Africa 9, Ellis Park, Johannesburg, June 3, 1972


England's first tour to the republic, and a nightmare itinerary, seven games in 17 days, which sounds suspiciously ITM Cup-ish. They won six and drew 13-13 with Northern Transvaal in Pretoria.


There were notable English names in the squad, forwards such as captain and hooker John Pullin, Fran Cotton, Andy Ripley, Chris Ralston and Tony Neary, Lions all, and backs Alan Old - brother of test cricketer Chris - halfbacks Steve Smith and Jan Webster, centre Peter Preece, all handy performers.


South Africa were out of sorts, a mix of ageing heros and lesser performers. Their captain was Piet Greyling, scourge of the 1970 All Blacks, and other notables included his fellow flanker Jan Ellis, tough tackling centre Joggie Jansen, flying winger Gerd Muller and Fergie McCormick's old nemesis Sid Nomis.


England were unspectacular but diligent and fullback Sam Doble got England the win with four penalties, and converted wing Alan Morley's try. South Africa managed just three Dawie Snyman penalties.


England had to battle with seven-man scrums for a quarter of the match because of eight injuries, too.


Doble played in the All Blacks' 9-0 win over England a year later, but he only won three caps. Sadly he died of lymphatic cancer in 1977, aged just 33.


(4) Llanelli 9 All Blacks 3, Stradey Park, October 31, 1972


Welsh singer/comedian Max Boyce penned a celebrated (in Wales, anyway) ditty, '9-3', which included the famous line about "The day t

outside inside
25th-July-2011, 07:56
Fiji vs Wales 2007

Combatlogo
25th-July-2011, 08:52
That England side of the early 70's also won in Eden Park in 1973. France winning a series in SA in 1958 was also fiarly earth-shattering.

Balla Boy
25th-July-2011, 08:57
Birmingham (Pertemps) Bees knocking Wasps out of the last 8 of the Powergen Cup in 2004.

They abandoned all pro/am competition structures shortly afterwards, I think.

antipopper
25th-July-2011, 09:21
Does Lens count ?

Bosco
25th-July-2011, 09:34
Munster V Leinster, Croke Park 2009

Combatlogo
25th-July-2011, 09:49
Munster V Leinster, Croke Park 2009


Hmm, do you think there's a market for a play? We can have a rematch in 2039.

Bosco
25th-July-2011, 09:53
15 minutes, you are slipping up CL smileys/biggrin.gifsmileys/wink.gif

Shannonred
25th-July-2011, 10:01
Eddie o' Sullivan geting a contract renewal before the 2007 World Cup?? Very shocking and upsetting..

blackadder II
25th-July-2011, 10:33
Sad that Romania weren't able to maintain their level of the 1980s, however I guess overthrowing a dictator takes precedence.

BigLad
25th-July-2011, 10:42
tOULOUSE 24 Connacht 49 HEC 2011/12 group stage smileys/biggrin.gif

fredom1
25th-July-2011, 10:47
Ireland RWC 2007


South Africa RWC 1995

Mack the Knife
25th-July-2011, 12:59
Kenny Murphy at full back and Paul Hogan at number 8. Pat Murray and Sonny Kiely never getting full caps.

ustix
25th-July-2011, 14:07
Ireland beating the Boks in 1980

Combatlogo
25th-July-2011, 14:11
Ireland beating the Boks in 1980


What kind of year was 1980 on Planet Ustix?

ustix
25th-July-2011, 14:16
The finest my friend!
Nyom, nyom as they say.

Combatlogo
25th-July-2011, 14:28
Kenny Murphy at full back and Paul Hogan at number 8. Pat Murray and Sonny Kiely never getting full caps.


Murphy wasn't the worst, plenty of other duffers worse then he was got caps. Frank's young fella got one cap at 6, not 8.

ustix
25th-July-2011, 14:32
I can see this getting offensive.

Mack the Knife
25th-July-2011, 14:34
Kenny Murphy at full back and Paul Hogan at number 8. Pat Murray and Sonny Kiely never getting full caps.


Murphy wasn't the worst, plenty of other duffers worse then he was got caps. Frank's young fella got one cap at 6, not 8.

Correct and right CL. Derek McAleese was another shocker.

ustix
25th-July-2011, 14:40
Wasn't he connected to Mary?

kahalui
25th-July-2011, 14:55
The Argies beatingthe hostsin the opening game of WC 2007, making the semis, and thenbeating them againfor the 3rd place playoff by more than 20 points.

Combatlogo
25th-July-2011, 14:58
Kenny Murphy at full back and Paul Hogan at number 8. Pat Murray and Sonny Kiely never getting full caps.



Murphy wasn't the worst, plenty of other duffers worse then he was got caps. Frank's young fella got one cap at 6, not 8.




Correct and right CL. Derek McAleese was another shocker.


Peter Russell.


Don Whittle


Davy Morrow.


Richard Costello


Paul Flavin.


Ben Cronin.

ustix
25th-July-2011, 15:02
Kenny Murphy at full back and
Paul Hogan at number 8. Pat Murray and Sonny Kiely never
getting full caps.


Murphy wasn't the worst, plenty of other duffers worse
then he was got caps. Frank's young fella got one cap at 6,
not 8.


Correct and right CL. Derek McAleese was
another shocker.


Peter Russell.


Don Whittle


Davy Morrow.


Richard Costello


Paul Flavin.


Ben Cronin.

ustix
25th-July-2011, 15:03
Kenny Murphy at full back and
Paul Hogan at number 8. Pat Murray and Sonny Kiely never
getting full caps.


Murphy wasn't the worst, plenty of other duffers worse
then he was got caps. Frank's young fella got one cap at 6,
not 8.


Correct and right CL. Derek McAleese was
another shocker.


Peter Russell.


Don Whittle


Davy Morrow.


Richard Costello


Paul Flavin.


Ben Cronin.
Lovely hurling smileys/sad.gif

k974
26th-July-2011, 05:38
Ireland loosing to Namibia in 1991 twice!!


Ireland winning a test series in Australia 2-0 in 1979,





Italy beating France this yr??

lahinch_lass
26th-July-2011, 09:53
Munster beating australia when they were RWC champs..

Mack the Knife
26th-July-2011, 10:02
Donnachas jocks, deeeply upsetting, PG barging his way onto the Late Late show smileys/sad.gif

Cowboy
26th-July-2011, 10:07
Stringer lifted at 2 in the lineout, he looked like a toddler
getting the birthday bumps.

Combatlogo
26th-July-2011, 10:22
Ireland loosing to Namibia in 1991 twice!!


Ireland winning a test series in Australia 2-0 in 1979,





Italy beating France this yr??








Oz were s**te until 1984, 1979 wasn't a shock, we'd won there in 1967 anyway.

ustix
29th-July-2011, 15:34
Ireland loosing to Namibia in 1991 twice!!


Ireland winning a test series in Australia 2-0 in 1979,


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Italy beating France this yr??


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Oz were s**te until 1984, 1979 wasn't a shock, we'd won
there in 1967 anyway.
Tell me more, of '67

ustix
29th-July-2011, 15:35
Has Romania beating France in the 80's gotten a look-in?

Rolo Tomosi
2nd-August-2011, 09:49
1998: Ebbew Vale beating Touluse 19-11 after losing to them 108 - 16 a few weeks earlier.