FLASHBACK: June 1959

MAORI prop, Joe Ratima scored two tries before being sent off in New Zealand’s June 1959crushing 36-8 win over Brisbane at the Exhibition Grounds in front of a crowd of 21,888.
Having been beaten 9-8 by Australia in the First Test in Sydney, the Kiwi tourists arrived in Queensland determined to take their game to a new level, and Brisbane took the full force of their wrath.
The Kiwi backs were brilliant with centre, Cyril Eastlake in superb form, repeatedly beating opponents with a swerve and change of  pace.
Five eighth, George Menzies, widely regarded as the best number six in the world, ensured Brisbane representative rookie, John Catton had a torrid night. (Catton’s son, Tony, went on to represent Queensland residents on their 1989 tour of France).
Only one incumbent Test forward played for the Kiwis – hooker, Jock Butterfield who played as prop.
Ratima put in a strong claim for inclusion in the Second Test team, but his dismissal by referee, Jack Casey – for kneeing rival forward, Henry Holloway – soured his night.
Brisbane fullback, Clive Churchill (the Australian coach) saved a number of tries with desperate defence while hooker, Bob Gehrke won the scrums 20-12. Casey penalised NZ 26-5.
The Kiwis also went on to beat Queensland 34-19, but lost the Second Test 38-10.

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