February 4 down the years
Barbarians tame the Springboks
Avril Malan's Springboks fell to the Barbarians on this day in 1961
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The touring Springboks were beaten for the only time on the Home Unions leg of their European tour, losing 6-0 to the Barbarians in Cardiff. Derek Morgan and Haydn Morgan, back-row boys from Gwent, scored the Baa-Baas' tries against the Grand Slam winners. Fullback Haydn Mainwaring, however, provided the lasting memory of the match with a bone-jarring touchline tackle that knocked-out Springbok skipper Avril Malan. Following the game the Barbarians were presented with a mounted Springbok head, which was hung in the Esplanade Hotel, Penarth.
Lawrence Dallaglio's cameo appearance off the bench added vim to England's team performance against Wales. England finished in a blaze of glory to blow away the reigning Grand Slam champions 47-13 at Twickenham. Mark Cueto, Matt Dawson, Lewis Moody, Mike Tindall and Tom Voyce also breached a Welsh line missing a number of leading players following the disastrous Lions tour to New Zealand. Flanker Martyn Williams scored their only try.
Gareth Edwards, winning his 50th cap, helped Wales to beat England 9-6 at Twickenham in wet, windy conditions. In Edwards' final season of Test rugby Wales recorded a Grand Slam, which began with Phil Bennett's three penalties securing victory over the English.
Wales defeated Scotland for the first time. London Welsh wing Tom Jenkins-Price scored the only try of the game staged at Newport, on his international debut,.
The first Welsh victory on Scottish soil. The men in red won 9-0 at Raeburn Place on their way to their first Triple Crown. Norman Biggs, Bert Gould and Billy McCutcheon scored the Welsh tries.
In the last official international to be staged at Cardiff Arms Park for eight
years Wilf Wooller led Wales by example in their 11-3 defeat of Scotland. In what proved to be his penultimate Test Wooller landed a penalty and conversion to go with tries from his centre partners Mickey Davies and hooker Bunner Travers.
All four captains of the Home Union teams were front-row players on the day Scotland beat England 18-6 (in the 100th fixture of the series) and Wales beat Ireland 18-9. Peter Wheeler led England while Jim Aitkin was in charge of Scotland and hookers Ciaran Fitzgerald and Mike Watkins went head to head for Ireland and Wales respectively.