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Sound: Winston McCarthy commentating

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Hear Winston McCarthy's famous rugby commentary, ''s a goal!' - from the fourth test in the 1956 Springbok Tour at Eden Park when Don Clarke kicked a goal to take the All Black's lead to 11-0. The final result was 11-5.


And here is Clarke to take a long-range penalty kick for New Zealand. Seven yards inside halfway and I would say 12 yards from his right-hand touch line. Now he's got to kick into a bit of a breeze here. But for a man of his calibre that bit of a breeze might not matter if it doesn't go particularly high because they say a well-hit golf ball into the wind the wind never worries it. But back comes Clarke now. He moves up, he's kicking and it's a long one, listen, it's a goal!

Co-commentator: That's the one that does it, Winston.

Winston: It's a goal!

Co-commentator: That's the one that does it I think, and look at that crowd again!

Winston: The crowd is going absolutely crazy over on the bank, 11-0 to New Zealand.


Sound file reference:Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Reference 'Highlights in NZ Sport' compilation.

Image reference: Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Detail of Advertisement for Winston McCarthy's column in the New Zealand Listener, 1958. Eph-C-RUGBY-1958-01
Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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