ENGQLDvNSWLISH referee, Mick Naughton received high praise for
his efficient, if unorthodox control of the first two matches of the
inter-state series in Brisbane.
Naughton, from Widnes in Cheshire, was not only a fitness fanatic and stickler
for fast, flowing football, he also was instrumental in the establishment of
the Tigers junior club in his home town, with the youngsters embarking on
ground breaking tours in mainland southern France and the island of Corsica
where this year’s Tour de France begins.
He delighted Queensland fans with his dramatic signals and “hands-on” approach,
which included pushing NSW prop, Arthur Beetson’s head back into a scrum, and
kicking Qld prop, John Sattler in the shins after ‘Satts’ blocked the tunnel of
the scrum with his legs.
Remember, these were pre-Origin days, and Beetson was playing for Easts in
Sydney, while Sattler, a former NSW captain, was contracted to Wests in
The Blues had too much speed and skill for Qld in Game 1 in 1973, scoring four
tries in a 16-0 result under lights at Lang Park in front of a crowd of 27,000.
Beetson was man of the match, his flick pass for a Ted Goodwin try the
highlight of a sublime performance.
Sattler should have been sent off for a blatant late shot on giant NSW prop,
Bill Hamilton, with the incident somehow escaping the attention of the touch judges.
In a curtain raiser, Brisbane colts defeated NSW Second Division 11-9 with
Brothers star, Ian Dauth scoring all 11 points from a try and four goals. In
the other early match Gold Coast defeated Public Service 11-8 with giant
Burleigh forward, Graham Ambrose scoring a try for the Coast.
Valleys bearded centre, Gerry Fitzpatrick was brought into the Queensland team
for the return inter-state match, forcing Dave Applebee back to the reserves.
Fitzpatrick, who died last month following a heart attack, did a fine job
alongside John Grant in controlling NSW aces, Bob Fulton and Steve Rogers in
the return match.
But the Blues again had too much class, winning the day time match 10-0 with
Rogers and fullback, Graeme Langlands the try scorers.
Langlands made magnificent try saving tackles on Wayne Bennett and Warren Orr.

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