Thee sent off in Port Elizabeth
James Dalton and Rod Snow are sent off during the ill-tempered World Cup match in Port Elizabeth
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South Africa beat Canada 20-0 in a World Cup pool match in Port Elizabeth in a match remembered for the dismissal of three players in what was a brutal contest. Referee David McHugh dismissed South Africa's hooker James Dalton along with Canada's captain Gareth Rees and prop Rod Snow after a full-on brawl erupted in the second-half. Springbok wing Pieter Hendricks was cited after the game for kicking and punching a Canadian, while fullback Scott Stewart was deemed guilty of inciting the fight. The pair were kicked out of the tournament and suspended for 90 and 60 days respectively. Replays suggested the referee had got it wrong in all three instances.
After being whitewashed in the Five Nations, England were predicted to lose all their matches in South Africa, not just the one-off Test. On arrival, the local press described them as "the flops and faceless men of '72". But the journalists were left red-faced as fullback Sam Doble, on his debut, kicked the tourists to a famous 18-9 victory at Ellis Park, landing 14 of their points.
In their fifth New Zealand tour match, Doug Prentice's Lions were beaten for the first time, losing 12-8 to Wellington. The difference between the sides proved to be a four-point dropped goal kicked by the Wellington skipper, Cliff Porter.
Skipper Andy Irvine fired Scotland to a 32-9 win in New Zealand against Wairarapa-Bush with a full-house of scoring actions. In all he finished with 24 points from two tries, two conversions, three penalty goals and a dropped goal. It was closer than the final scoreline suggested, as the game was tied at 9-9 when Wairarapa-Bush scored a try shortly after the break.
Four Welshmen shared the points in the Lions 16-5 defeat of Canterbury. Ken Jones, Bleddyn Williams and Don Hayward scored tries; John Robins landed a penalty and two conversions.
As a result of one of the coldest European winters on record, the final of the French club championship was staged in June for the first time. The city of miracles, Lourdes, overwhelmed Dax 20-0 in Toulouse, with winning captain Jean Prat dropping two goals. It was the biggest victory margin in a French final for 43 years.
1968 Tom Kiernan's Lions made it six wins from six matches with a 32-6 victory over Rhodesia in Salisbury. Welsh prop John O'Shea scored two of the Lions' five tries.