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100 Years in the making – The 100th Test match All Blacks v Springboks


There are many that believe the form of the current Springbok side will not be able to live up to the hype around the 100th test match between the two proud rugby nations.

The All Blacks have been brutal again in the Rugby Championship with the Springbok losing twice now against the Wallabies, but it will always be a huge game when these two teams run onto the field and we believe this time will be no different.

It all began in 1921 the Springboks toured to New Zealand for the first time. They were describe as giant forwards and Olympic like sprinters on the wings.

The Springboks toured Australia and New Zealand in only the third tour by a Springbok team. The Springboks played three test against the All Blacks. At the end the series was draw 1-all.

All-in-All the Springboks played 19 matches in New Zealand on that tour winning fifteen, losing two and drawing two.

The first test on the 13 August the two nations played each other for the first time.

This first tour by the Springboks was just after the New Zealand Army tour of South Africa in 1919. That tour of 1919 gave the Springboks an idea what to expect in New Zealand.

The Springboks impressed with the power of their pack having a huge impact with their 3-2-3 scrum against the 2-3-2 scrum the New Zealanders were playing.

Before the first test the Springboks played Wanganui, Taranaki, Wairarapa, Wellington, West Coast-Buller, Canterbury (the only provincial team to beat them on the tour), South Canterbury, Southland (the Ranfurly Shield holders) and Otago.

Like always their was plenty of controversy specially in the last match when captain ‘Boy’ Morkel threaten to take his team off the field if the fighting wasn’t stopped.

The game did not live up to the expectations. Attie Van Heerden, score a try(worth only three points at the time) to give South Africa a 5-0 lead at halftime.

The All Blacks managed three tries in the second half with Ces Badeley featuring in two of them. One of them saw Badley kicked the ball in the in-goal area for Belliss to score but again some controversy when the South Africans believed two Springboks grounded the ball only to slip out for Belliss to score.

Nicholls got the conversion over to level the scoreboard. The second try came off Badeley kick again to Steel on the wing. The ball bounced between two Springboks with Steel taking the ball behind his head to run half the field and score.

Nicholls again converted the try and Storey got their third try too give the the All Blacks a 13-5 win in the first ever test match between the two nations.

South Africa won the second test 9-5 to level the series and funny enough the third test played out to a 0-0 draw. It was a massive rainstorm in Wellington.

Unfortunately this tour will be also be remembered for the Springboks turning their backs on the Haka when they played the Native Maori team. A then South African correspondent wrote how they were “disgusted” by thousands of whites cheering “colored men to defeat members of their own race.”

Now there was  some of the classic test matches between the two nations over the years.

1992 New Zealand 27 South Africa 24

This was the return to international rugby for the Springboks. The final score will make you believe it was a tight game but the All Blacks completely outplayed the Springboks on the day.

The years in Apartheid isolation was clear to see and only the brilliance of Danie Gerber, who scored two tries made the final score look better than it really was.

Pieter Muller scored the other try for South Africa.

Even though they were outclassed by the All Blacks the Springboks could have still won the game with Gerber that could have scored three tries and James Small that dropped the ball with an open try line.

This was the first test between the two teams in 11 years.

1995 South Africa 15 New Zealand 12

Who can forget the 1995 World Cup Final?

The All Blacks swept everyone away before the final but met a Springbok side in the final that just did not let go. There was no tries and the match and at the end Stransky drop goal in extra time gave the Springboks the win in their first World Cup.

1996 New Zealand 33  South Africa 26

Since the first tour of an All Black team to South Africa, they could never beat the Springboks in a series and this is were it all ended.

All Black legend Zinzan Brook were brilliant throughout the series and even got a drop goal over. Jeff Wilson scored some brilliant tries. The visitors led 21-11 at halftime.

Many of the All Blacks were too exhausted to celebrate as they lay on the turf in Pretoria trying to deal with all the emotion of the historic moment.

1998 All Blacks 3 Springboks 13 

This was the Springboks first win in New Zealand since 1981 when Pieter Rossouw with nine minutes to go scored one of the memorable tries from a set piece.

He ghosted in from the blindside to take flyhalf Henry Honiball’s pass and score between the posts. The result could have been different though, had All Blacks flyhalf Carlos Spencer not missed five penalty goal attempts.

1998 Springboks 24 All Blacks 23 

This must be one of the greatest comebacks by any Springbok team in history.

The All Blacks swept the Springbok away and was leading 23-5 with only 15 minutes to go before tries by Joost van der Westhuizen and Bob Skinstad saw them get back in the game.

It was then James Dalton who got over for the winning try in injury time to give the Springboks one of the memorable wins over the All Blacks.


2018 – All Blacks 34 Springboks 36

This was the test that put Rassie Erasmus Springboks on the road to eventually start believing they could have a chance in the 2019 World Cup.

It was their first win against New Zealand since 2009 and what a memorable day it was for the Springboks and their fans will remember for years to go.

The Springboks never let the All Blacks get away form them on the scoreboard even when they got into an early 12-0 lead.

Dyantyi was first to cross for the Boks on the night and that was followed by a try by Willie Le Roux who outsmart the All Blacks taking a quick lineout.

Marx try put the Springboks in the lead for the first time of the test match.

Just after halftime Cheslin Kolbe showed the world who he is scoring his first try in a Springbok jersey from an intercept with Dyantyi scoring a second try as well.

But the defence at the end of the test match was what set the two teams apart at the end and will be remembered for years to come.

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