27 OCTOBER 1973 – GREEN VIGO HAT-TRICK
On this Day, 47 years ago, Green Vigo, a Protea and representative player of the South African Rugby Football Federation and Saldanha Tigers, scored a hat-trick of tries for Wigan against Hull Kingston Rovers in a comprehensive 38–3 victory. This was his first year in professional rugby and a season in which he played 26 games and scored 11 tries. Along the way, he earned a string of nicknames, ranging from “Super Green” to the ‘Wizard of Wigan’ and the ‘Saldanha Iron Horse’. Possession blistering pace and displaying a physical approach to the game, he became a target of opposition players early on. As early as his full first professional game, he lost some teeth after a stiff-arm tackle. He won his first medal, in the Lancashire Cup Final against Salford on 13 October 1973.