Oxlee fitted this game plan perfectly with his "sleight of hand passing, constant switches of direction and astute tactical kicking". Oxlee played in outgoing tours against the British and Ireland as well as France —61 , Scotland , and Australia and New Zealand As at Oxlee's debut, the score again read , but this time it was South Africa that had failed to score. In the first test of Oxlee's first tour through Britain, he kicked South Africa's only points a penalty goal in their defeat of Wales at a rain-sodden Cardiff Arms Park on 3 December Up to that point Oxlee had not been the team's regular goal-kicker, as scrum-half Dick Lockyear was preferred; but Lockyear was unavailable due to injury.
Oxlee missed his first two kicks at goal, but succeeded just before half-time. Oxlee is perhaps best-remembered for the try that he scored in the first test against the Wallabies at Ellis Park on 5 August He had been the target of heavy tackling by the Australians, to the extent that he had to receive stitches above his eye. He was so dazed that he was moved to centre after refusing to leave the field. Oxlee retained his playing instincts and scored a try in the dying minutes of the game, enabling his team to win with a record score of In recognition of his sporting prowess Oxlee was named Natal Sportsman of the Year for On 10 August Oxlee kicked the conversion following the first penalty try awarded in a test on South African soil.
Despite Oxlee's contribution to rugby history, the South Africans lost by 5 points to 9.
Oxlee's penchant for unpredictable play was acknowledged by the captain of the British Lions, Arthur Smith , who said that "the problem with Oxlee is that you never know what the blighter will be doing next. To celebrate Oxlee's retirement from provincial rugby in , Natal held a farewell game in which they defeated by a South African Barbarians team that fielded 10 Springboks. Oxlee was later appointed provincial selector, but was enticed to come out of retirement at the age of 36 to "guide a young backline" for four matches in Oxlee was married to Barbara, with whom he had a son, Grant, and a daughter, Leanne.
An adept lawn bowler , Oxlee once defeated the national champion. Oxlee died in at the age of 63 from a blood clot after complications following a hip operation. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 22 December Enslin's Springbok Rugby Hall of Fame. Retrieved 23 December South African Rugby Union.
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