St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Rugby St George's Park - 1928 All Blacks Rugby Tour of South Africa - Third Test
1928 All Blacks Rugby Tour of South Africa - Third Test
August 18, 1928 - Port Elizabeth

The third International match opened sensationally, for soon after the start the Springboks had scored five points. It also ended dramatically, for with the score 11 - 6 in the Springboks’ favour the All Blacks broke away and when Grenside received the ball on the wing he had a clear field.

Out of the blue appeared JC van der Westhuizen and Gerry Brand and as Grenside dived for the line they dived at him and saved a certain try. The whole match was, however, brimful of excitement, for it was a good and hard game.

Many tries were lost. Once Willie Rousseau went over, but was called back for a forward pass, and on another occasion Hadley scored, but he had failed to play the ball with his foot after Alley had been tackled.

Whereas in the other two International matches only one try was scored. Five were scored in this one. The first was scored by Philip Nel after Mostert had broken through with his whole pack in hot pursuit. Carleton picked the ball up and passed back to Lindsay.

The ball struck him on the shoulder and before he could retrieve it Nel had fallen on it. Osler converted with a good kick. The All Blacks replied by Finlayson breaking away and passing to Stewart. The latter dashed over with three Springboks hanging on to him.

The conversion struck the upright and bounced back.

After this try the Springboks were all over the All Blacks. First Brand was stopped near the line. Then the burly Oliver was brought down on the line. The Springboks remained on the attack.

Grenside brought temporary relief when he broke through and Tindall stopped him. Next the Springbok forwards got away again. Van Druten picked up and slung out a long pass to Osler who sent out to Rousseau, to Van der Westhuizen and ultimately to De Jongh who, with a broken nose, scored a good try.

The last try was scored in the second half. The All Blacks had been complete masters of the game when the Springboks broke away. A five yard scrum was eventually ordered from which the Springboks wheeled perfectly for Daneel to score.

Osler’s kick grazed the upright as it missed. After this the All Blacks broke right through with their backs and only a forward pass saved the situation. Then it was the Springboks again who threw away a try.

Their forwards wheeled and a dribbling rush was started which brushed all opposition aside. Pierre de Villiers picked up, passed to Osler, to Rousseau, to Brand, but a forward pass spoiled the movement.

From the resulting scrum Grenside intercepted when a try seemed imminent, but was overtaken by Rousseau. Shortly afterwards came the dramatic end when Grenside was bundled out on the corner flag.

Final Score:
All Blacks: 6 - South Africa: 11.

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