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Saturday, 28 March 2015

“I’ve got to live here lad”

21st November 1959    Great Britain 11  v  Australia 10                        Leeds

In 1959, the Kangaroos again thought they had won the elusive Ashes Trophy when Barry Muir scored a try under the posts but referee Gelder, to everybody’s amazement, ruled forward pass. They felt particularly aggrieved because they also hit a post and also questioned the validity of a Great Britain try. After the match, Kangaroos centre Harry Wells angrily confronted Gelder, and said:

“You’re a thief and you cheated us”

Gelder replied,

“I’ve got to live here lad”

Great Britain
 went on to win the third and deciding test 18-12 to win the series

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