King Country vs Hawke's Bay programme

Souvenir programme for King Country’s Ranfurly Shield challenge against Hawke’s Bay at McLean Park, Napier, on 9 August 1969.

This game was the closest King Country has ever come to winning the Ranfurly Shield. Trailing 19–6 early in the second half, King Country was inspired by Colin Meads to score two converted tries, making the score 19–16. Meads seemed to be everywhere. Legend has it that one of the touch judges asked the referee to count how many Bay players were on the field – ‘I think Meads might have eaten one’. The Bay held on to win the match and keep the Log o’ Wood.

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