November 11 down the years
All Blacks seal controversial Welsh victory
Andy Haden later admitted: "With Wales in front by 12-10, I knew there could only be a minute or so left. I went to Frank Oliver, my locking partner... and told him the plan in four words: 'I'm going to dive" © Getty Images

Graham Mourie's New Zealand side beat Wales 13-12 at Cardiff Arms Park following a controversial last-minute penalty kicked by Brian McKechnie. Although Kiwi winger Stu Wilson scored the only try of the match, Wales had dominated possession, and with moments left on the clock, they led the tourists by two points. Lock Andy Haden dramatically threw himself out of the lineout in an attempt to win a penalty, to the fury of the Welsh players. English referee Roger Quittenton awarded a penalty for a push by Geoff Wheel on Frank Oliver. The Kiwi skipper later admitted he had planted the idea in Haden's mind the night before the match. "I know that some of the players later regretted it and their part in it," Mourie said. "But it was equally true that in that crucial, unforgiving minute in the searing heat of Cardiff Arms Park the match was won and the tour continued to its climax." The All Blacks went on to beat England 16-6 and Scotland 18-9 to complete their first Grand Slam victory.

Another New Zealand defeat of Wales, this time 13-6 in a dour affair in the mud at Cardiff in a game that was closer than the scoreline suggested. Wales were punished for three mistakes, with coach David Nash saying: "There was not much in it … we are catching them up fast … I reckon we are no more than two years behind in our coaching."

Ireland winger Denis Hickie scored a hat-trick as Ireland romped to a 78-9 victory over Japan. The result was Ireland's best ever result at Lansdowne Road. Ronan O'Gara kicked 23 points while Ireland ran home 11 tries.

France, the reigning Five Nations champions, were beaten 3-0 by Romania in Bucharest. The match, refereed by a Belgian official, was decided on the hour by a penalty goal.

Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Resistance leader, youngest general in the French Army and later Prime Minister of France, scored both tries for the French Forces in their 6-26 defeat by the RAF in Paris. Also on this day the South African Services beat the New Zealand Services 11-8 at Richmond Athletic Ground. The game is played with all the determination of a full-scale Test match between the countries.

Neath fly-half John Weaver dropped three goals in his side's 9-6 victory on tour in France against Tulle.


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