1958 NSWRFL season


1958 NSWRFL season
1958 NSWRFL season
Teams 10
Premiers St. George colours.svg St. George (5th title)
Minor premiers St. George colours.svg St. George (5th title)
Matches played 95
Points scored 3050 (total)
32.105 (per match)
Attendance 1,030,272 (total)
10,845 (per match)
Top try scorer(s) St. George colours.svg Eddie Lumsden (18)

1958's New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the fifty-first season of the rugby league competition based in Sydney. Ten teams from across the city competed for the J. J. Giltinan Shield during the season, which culminated in a grand final between St. George and Western Suburbs.

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Season summary

Having been wooden spooners in NSWRFL season 1955, Wests embarked on a massive spending spree to recruit internationals Harry Wells, Kel O'Shea, Arthur Summons, Dick Poole, Darcy Henry and Ian Moir over a five-year period. The fruits of this labour began to show in 1958 when they finished in second place for the minor premiership and posed a challenge to St George in the finals.

Harry Bath was the competition's leading goal scorer in 1958, with his St George teammate Eddie Lumsden the leading try scorer. Bath shattered the Dragons club's point scoring record with 225 season points from three tries and 108 goals.

19-year-old Reg Gasnier, later to be honoured as one of the Australian game's Immortals, made his 3rd grade debut in 1958 and was immediately noticed, regularly scoring length-of-the-field tries.

The 1958 season also saw the retirement from the League of future Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame inductee, Clive Churchill.

Teams

Balmain home jersey 1940.svg
Balmain
Canterbury home jersey 1935.svg
Canterbury-Bankstown
Eastern Suburbs home jersey 1953.svg
Eastern Suburbs
Manly Sea Eagles home jersey 1957.svg
Manly-Warringah
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
Newtown
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1951.svg
North Sydney
Parramatta Eels home jersey 1957.svg
Parramatta
South Sydney home jersey 1908.svg
South Sydney
St. George home jersey 1945.svg
St. George
Western Suburbs home jersey 1950.svg
Western Suburbs

Ladder

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 St. George colours.svg St. George 18 16 0 2 480 187 +293 32
2 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 18 12 0 6 379 263 +116 24
3 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 18 11 1 6 291 251 +40 23
4 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 18 10 0 8 297 252 +45 20
5 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 18 10 0 8 254 273 −19 20
6 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 18 9 0 9 279 322 −43 18
7 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 18 8 0 10 244 252 −8 16
8 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 18 6 0 12 246 391 −145 12
9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 18 4 1 13 207 276 −69 9
10 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 18 3 0 15 202 412 −210 6

Finals

The developing Western Suburbs side which would become such a force at the beginning of the 60s, was already building around the class of internationals Keith "Yappy" Holman, Harry "Dealer" Wells, Kel "Twigs" O'Shea along with their hard men Neville "Boxhead" Charlton, Mark Patch and fiery 19-year-old Peter Dimond. With a simple game plan of "retaliate first", the Magpies' aggression in the semi-final stunned St George who were coming off a coasting run through the end of the season. In spite of having beaten Wests twice in the regular season, the Dragons were mauled by them 34-10 in the major-semi final with Dimond dominating his opposite five-eighth Peter Carroll and forcing the Dragons to a sudden death final against Balmain for the right to defend their title.

The lessons from this loss sat heavily with St George - how an early forward onslaught designed to knock the spirit of the rival pack could determine the course of the entire game. For the next eight years, in all of their finals appearances, the Dragons would play a deliberate tactic of giving the opposition the ball in the first 15 minutes and setting about demoralising them with brutal defence.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Playoff
Newtown colours.svg Newtown 4-15 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 19 August 1958 Redfern Oval 10,430
Semi Finals
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 10-22 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 23 August 1958 Sydney Cricket Ground Darcy Lawler 27,985
St. George colours.svg St. George 10-34 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 30 August 1958 Sydney Cricket Ground Darcy Lawler 38,857
Preliminary Final
St. George colours.svg St. George 26-21 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 6 September 1958 Sydney Cricket Ground Darcy Lawler 39,132
Grand Final
Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 9-20 St. George colours.svg St. George 13 September 1958 Sydney Cricket Ground Darcy Lawler 62,283

Grand Final

St. George Position Western Suburbs
Brian Graham FB Darcy Russell
Eddie Lumsden WG Bernard Kelly
Ray Smith CE Harry Wells (c)
Geoff Weekes CE Darcy Henry
Brian Messiter WG Don Malone
Brian Clay FE Peter Dimond
Bob Bugden HB Keith Holman
Harry Bath PR Mark Patch
Ken Kearney (Ca./Co.) HK Bede Goff
Billy Wilson PR Neville Charlton
Monty Porter SR Bill Carson
Norm Provan SR Jack "Buddy" Bowman
Peter Provan LK Doug Jones
Coach Vic Hey

In an effort to negate Peter Dimond, Saints' dropped Peter Carroll for the Grand Final, selecting lock and hard hitting defender, Brian Clay at five-eighth. From the kick-off, the record crowd saw a furious St George team lay into Wests. High tackles and punches were the order of the day and referee Darcy Lawler penalised the Dragons seventeen times to Wests seven.

Wests were unable to counter the onslaught which saw a ruthless Dragons' defence advancing upon them at every opportunity although the score remained close for most of the match. Eventually with the Magpies subdued, Norm Provan and Bob Bugden cut loose, with Provan scroing two tries and Bugden snatching an intercept try near the end. Saints won the fight, and the match. For 80 minutes Clay was all over Dimond who ended the match dazed and bleeding.

The Sydney Morning Herald described the match as the most 'savage' game of the season.

St George 20 (Tries: N. Provan 2, Bugden, Lumsden. Goals: Bath 4.)

Wests 9 (Tries: Russell. Goals: Russell 3 )

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