THE farcical nature of international rugby league
rules in the 1970s again came to the fore on New Zealand’s tour of Australia.
The best props in the Sydney premiership were Kiwis, Bill Noonan and Dane
Sorensen, but neither was eligible for New Zealand because only Kiwi residents
could be considered.
The same situation had applied in 1974 when the Great Britain tourists could
not call on the services of Sydney based Poms like Mal Reilly, Bill Ashurst and
Mick Stephenson, therefore lessening the appeal of the Test matches.
The Kiwis were beaten 24-2 in the First Test at the SCG in June, ’78 and then
embarked on the Queensland leg.
They beat Combined Brisbane 22-12; Toowoomba 18-13 and Central Qld 40-2 before
suffering a morale destroying 27-20 loss against North Qld in Townsville, with
18-year-old Innisfail winger, Kerry Boustead scoring two tries for the locals.
Boustead had made his test debut in Sydney after a fine inter-state series and
was retained for the return match in Brisbane on July 15, which the Aussies won
Boustead and fellow winger, Neville Glover scored two tries each.kerryb

One response to “FLASHBACK: JULY 1978

  1. I was at the game at the Townsville Reserve where Boustead scored the two tries. His pace and use of the sideline were amazing. For a young man of small stature he also gave the Kiwis plenty of lip which made the game interesting. I’ve still got this game program in a box somewhere.

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