The 1965 Springboks on tour – matches 4, 5 and 6

The Springboks made their South Island debut against Otago in their fourth tour match. Otago had a reputation of being tough opposition against the Springboks, on previous tours, and the Springboks approached them with the necessary respect and caution. 

South Africa 8, Otago 6

The field was wet and heavy and a disappointing crowd of 21,000 showed up for the game. 

The Otago team fielded 3 All Blacks namely in Don Clark, Chris Laidlaw and Earle Kirton. Morrison (no 8) and Duncan (no 2) were South Island representative players and Don Montgomery (no 14) has played for the New Zealand University team. 

The only points scored in the first half was a penalty by Otago, after Jan Ellis was penalized for late tackling Creswell (no 11) while he was in process of kicking for touch. The penalty was awarded in the Springboks 25-yards area where the ball landed. 

Seven minutes into the second half Don Clark (no 6) was penalised and Boet Mulder untested as kicker was successful with an excellent 35-yards kick. South Africa took the lead shortly afterwards when Gainsford made a line break after the ball was send down the backline from a lineout. Gainsford send Engelbrecht away for a try in the corner. Mulder succeeded with the difficult conversion. 

There were no further scoring until 1 minute before the end of the match; Kirton held on to a difficult pass from Laidlaw, after a scrum in the Springboks 25-yard area, and managed to kick the ball ahead. The ball jumped right for Cresswell (no 11) who picked it up on the run and passed to Collins (12 no) who scored in the corner. Taylor failed with the conversion and the Springboks won with 2 points. Final score, 8-6. 

The Springbok backline struggled in the wet conditions and Boet Mulder was the only Springbok backline player who looked like he was able to cope with the wet and sticky mud of Carisbrook. The best forward on the field was Frik du Preez who had an outstanding game. 

Jan Ellis once again stood out with his speed and high work rate while Tiny Naude played his best match so far on tour. 

  Boet Mulder

Mulder never played in a test match for South Africa.  He was selected for the 1965 team as a totally unknown player after an outstanding performance during the Springbok trials on a wet field.  

Based on this performance and the perception that the Springboks wil be confronted with wet conditions, in New Zealand, he was included in the 1965 touring side. 

Mulder played in 11 tour matches and scored a total 20 points in a Springbok jersey.

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