May 28 1958

Counties beat Auckland for the first time.

Under a new coach Counties started the 1958 season on style on May 28 by beating “Big Brother” neighbours Auckland for the first time. They went on to win seven matches that season, easily their best result since the union was founded in 1955.


New coach and good results.

“In 1958, Arch Scott took over as coach. A lecturer at Ardmore Teachers College, he was a remarkable man. In 1946, he was awarded a Military Medal. The citation for the medal related to the action he took during the war to remain behind enemy lines in occupied Italy. In April 1945 when the last man under his care had left, Private Scott chose to return by boat to Ancond. The courage, leadership and initiative shown by Private Scott during the twenty months after his release from a POW camp were responsible for the safety of at least one hundred fellow escapers.

A dapper dresser and religious man, Arch Scott would sometimes invite his players to accompany him to church while on tour. On one occasion, Scott approached and asked Dick Brewer if he would like to come with him to a church service. Somewhat embarrassed, Dick’s reply was “I’ll go with Arch to church but only if he promises not to wear his plus fours.”

A quietly-spoken and careful strategist, Arch Scott did not mind playing people in unfamiliar positions. His rationale was that the players themselves often had little idea as to where on the field they were best suited.

Arch Scott’s tenure as coach could not have got off to a better start. The Counties team confounded all of the critics when they defeated Auckland for the first time 15 – 6 at Massey Park in Papakura. The forwards produced a tremendous performance, led by a rampant Ivan Rasmussen. Dick Brewer also had his best game in the Counties colours. Peter Raymond scored the first try while super- winger Bruce Scown outpaced the defence from halfway to score a brilliant try.

Winning seven matches, drawing against a strong North Auckland side and going close to winning the Ranfurly Shield off Taranaki, amounted to a successful 1958 season.”

From: “Enterprise and Agony 50 Years of Counties Rugby” by Paul Cochrane. Published 2005. Pp 52-4.

 The Teams:


Backs: F G Fruin, B V Scown, Peter Raymond, R R Cossey, R A Fraser, M D Eppingstall, C A Michie.

Forwards: Robt Penetito, L M Crowley, Robt Katterns, R J Brewer, K E Barry, D B Le Prou, D J Larmer, I M Rasmussen.


Backs: J L Briggs, Warren Moran, T R Lineen, L C Russell, D W McKay, T J S Riley, A A T Edgar.

Forwards: R H Graham, Ivan Sapich, R G Blockley, J B Buxton, G C Perry, D S Webb, H L White, J B S Hutchinson.


Counties: Peter Raymond & B V Scown tries. I M Rasmussen 3 pen.

Auckland: L C Russell try. T J S Riley pen.

Referee: Mr J G McMillan (Counties).

                                                             Kevin Barry – Counties captain