FLASHBACK: November 1959

Yorkshire Cup winners, Featherstone Rovers embarrassed the touring Kangaroos, scoring three tries to one in a stunning 23-15 win at Post Office Road.
The Kangaroos had started November with good wins over Bradford Northern and Halifax, but were sent crashing back to earth by a Featherstone team spearheaded by Don Fox and Terry Clawson.
It was an amazing win by a club representing a town of barely 16,000 people, with the attendance that day 7,600.
The only Australian try came 10 minutes from the end when halves, Bobby Bugden and Brian ‘Poppa’ Clay worked a deceptive move at a scrum inside the home team’s 25 yard area, and Murwillumbah product, Bugden, scored.

Featherstone had beaten Hull 15-14 in the Yorkshire Cup final, but were not given much chance against the Kangaroos, who had beaten Great Britain 22-14 in the First Test in Leeds.

But Australia’s pack lacked fire, and defenders too often fell for dummies.
Centre, Reg Gasnier scored two tries in the November 4, 29-8 win over Bradford at Odsal Stadium.
Gasnier scored one try in the 17-5 win over Halifax at a fog shrouded Thrum Hall, and was rested for the Featherstone match.
Don Fox scores for Featherstone with referee, Eric Clay on the spot to award the try. Australian defenders are nowhere to be seen.

Don Fox scores for Featherstone with referee, Eric Clay on the spot to award the try. Australian defenders are nowhere to be seen.

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