FLASHBACK: JULY 1953

KIWIAustralia scored a dramatic 18-16 win over New Zealand
in the Third Test at Auckland’s Carlaw Park, with Harry Wells crossing for a
try three minutes from fulltime. Noel Pidding landed the difficult conversion
on a muddy pitch to prevent a series clean sweep by the Kiwis.
Australian forward, Brian Davies was carried from the field on a stretcher in
the eighth minute, but after having his damaged ribs strapped, the Brisbane
Brothers star returned 14 minutes later.
But Davies could barely walk, and often did not pack down in scrums.
Five eighth, Bobby Banks made a mockery of the heavy surface in a 70 metre dash
for the try of the match.
It was great theatre and the crowd stood and applauded until all 26 players
left the field.
It was a different matter a week later when the American All Stars tour of
Australia finished in wild scenes at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Yanks were beaten 27-18 by New South Wales in front of a crowd of 20,686,
with two second half incidents the only worthwhile talking points.
In the first, American fullback, Bill Albans lashed out with his boot after
being tackled by prop, Roy Bull, and Bull retaliated with Albans needing first
aid.
In the second, American five eighth, Gary Kerkorian punched NSW captain, Clive
Churchill.
The Americans finished with their tour with so many injuries, they recruited
Australian stars, Mick Crocker, Brian Davies, Ken McCaffery and Alec Watson for
the New Zealand leg of their tour.

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