Thames Valley beat Australia 16-14

Full article Scene from the 1962 win over Australia

This article about Thames Valley’s most famous victory – over Australia, 16–14 – appeared in the New Zealand Herald, 19 September 1962.

The match, played the previous day, was the Wallabies’ last provincial game before the third and final test at Eden Park. Australia led at halftime, but J.P. Maxwell and T.J. Kilpin scored tries before T.E. Shaw secured victory for the Swamp Foxes by kicking his second dropped goal from 40 m. Shaw also converted both tries.

The Australians lost the second and third tests narrowly after drawing the first. However, they were also defeated by Canterbury, Southland – and North Otago!

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wallaby historian

Posted: 30 Jun 2013

Of course T E Shaw is the father-in law of the present Welsh and Lions coach, Warren Gatland.

Susan Monk

Posted: 19 Sep 2012

My Mum and Dad have an audio tape of this game as My Dad was playing in it. Sounds like it was an exciting game.