BULAWAYO, Monday, August 29, 1966 — Old Miltonians, showing few signs of their gruelling game against Marandellas yesterday, beat Odzi by 17 points (a goal, two tries and two penalties) to six (two tries) in the final of the Globe and Phoenix rugby shield in Que Que today. At the interval, the Bulawayo side led 6-3. This was another hard game, played mainly at forward, and it was surprising to see Old Boys coming back so strongly towards the end.
There was little in it in the set pieces but Old Boys had the edge when the ball was loose. They had the better back line and fly half Joe Deysel put his side on the attack with many long touches.
Odzi should have ignored their opponents’ reputation for hard play and concentrated on the ball. But they played into their opponents’ hands in trying to match them in the hard rucks.
Old Miltonians got off to a quick start with a Deysel penalty in the first minute and followed up with a fine try by left winger Alan French, who rounded off a good backline movement.
This stung Odzi into action and in the 13th minute, centre Vivian Steyn rounded off another good backline movement.
The teams appeared to be well-balanced when Odzi equalised ten minutes after the interval through a try by left wing Drobopoulos and they pressed hard.
But Old Boys staged a fine revival. Deysel forced Odzi back with some good touches and then a little punt ahead was gathered by centre Jimmy Stobbs, who dived over for a try.
Only two minutes later, McLaughlin charged down a kick in goal and fell over for another try. Deysel converted and Old Miltonians were 14-6 ahead.
Deysel made victory safe in the second half, converting his second penalty.