St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

100 Seasons Ago St George's Park - 100 Seasons Ago
The week ending May 30, 1903

Added 30 / 5 / 2003

On Saturday, in splendid weather, the Algoa team entertained the Crusaders, and a game of some interest was expected, though in view of the dismal failure of the Algoas last week, it was felt that the play of the visitors would result in a triumph for them.

Last season, when these teams met, a most disappointing match took place, for the Crusaders waltzed home by 40 points to nil.

Yesterday afternoon there was a large attendance on the Crusaders ground, when the home team entertained the Bedford XV, and inflicted defeat to the tune of 18 points to nil, five points of which were secured in the first half.

A strong wind rendered the play on both sides slightly erratic, but the home team had the advantage, and though there was a strong visiting back line, this was not helped out by good forward play.

Peake and Davidson were missing from the home team, but their places were taken by Allison and Chenowith.

After the opening exchanges, end to end play was followed by a strong attempt to score by the visitors, but this was unsuccessful, and attempts on behalf of the home team to gain a lead were mulled by bad combination until just before half-time, when Heddon registered a try near the sticks, and Hudson majorised.

After lemon time the Crusaders were favoured at the cross over, and taking advantage of an opening Heddon notched his second try, Hudson converting.

Olorenshaw followed this up and gave the home team an increased lead, putting on the third try of the game. Hudson, who took the kick, was unsuccessful in trying to convert.

The home team had now matters their own way and Gray added another try, which was majorised by Hudson. The Bedford men pressed strongly, but could not reduce the lead, time arriving to the final score: Crusaders - 18 points, Bedford - Nil.
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