THE ‘Prince of Centres’, Reg Gasnier was at his attacking best as Australia defeated France 27-2 at Lang Park in the Second Test, to clinch a first ever home series win over the French. France had won the 1951 and ’55 series and drew in 1960.
Gasnier scored three tries through a combination of effortless speed, amazing anticipation and footwork, with all three tries coming in the second half.
France dominated territorially in the first half, but could not crack the Australian defence, with lock, Johnny Raper frustrating the tourists time and time again, when it seemed they must score.
Forwards George Allieres, Serge Stoestiau and halfback, Louis Berge tried every trick in the book to give their team an advantage, but in the end class told.
France came into the Test with confidence high after wins over Gold Coast (16-0) at Tweed Heads Recreation Ground, and then the prized scalp of Toowoomba, 28-15.
In Toowoomba, second rower, Dennis Manteit and prop, Mick Veivers were outstanding for the Clydesdales, but there was little penetration from the local backs.