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Newlands no Bok fortress

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Springboks on 13 Aug 2008 at 06:47

South Africa won in Dunedin for the first time ever this year. They will have to win this year and next year as well just to catch up with New Zealand at Newlands.

Rugby 365 reports that it is clearly a ground the All Blacks like. Perhaps it is the cool weather, the winter rain, the soft turf. Whatever it is they lead South Africa 5-3 at the famous ground that hosted its first Test in 1891, one of the oldest grounds in the world of international rugby.

The teams have met eight times at Newlands. The All Blacks have won five, the Springboks three.

We shall give details of each Test in two tranches.

This week’s Test will be a few days short of 80 years since the first Test – the umbrella Test when Mark Nicholls outplayed Bennie Osler and enabled the All Blacks to draw the series.

The next All Black visit was 21 years later and this time the Springboks won, but then they won all four Tests in the series.

They won the series in 1960 and 1970 but lost at Newlands.

They won in 1976 but threw it away in 1996 and 2001 before they won three years ago.

Results at Newlands:

1928: New Zealand won 13-5
1949: South Africa won 15-11
1960: New Zealand won 11-3
1970: New Zealand won 9-8
1976: South Africa won 15-10
1996: New Zealand won 29-18
2001: New Zealand won 12-3
2005: South Africa won 22-16


  • Only played 8 times at Newlands :shock:

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.08.08 07:01:32 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Some VERY interesting figures for ALL matches betweem SA & NZ. (Well to me anyway)

    Games played: 74
    Games won by SA: 30 (40.54%)
    Games won by NZ: 41 (55.41%)
    Games drawn: 3 (4.05%)

    Most wins in a row for SA : 6
    Most wins in a row for NZ : 8

    Largest points for SA: 46 (46 – 40)
    Largest points for NZ: 55 (55 – 35)

    Largest winning margin for SA: 17 (17 – 0)
    Largest winning margin for NZ: 36 (16 – 52)

    Total points for SA: 1,119
    Total points for NZ: 1,336
    Average points for SA per game: 15.12
    Average points for NZ per game: 18.05

    Average points difference per game between SA and NZ: -2.93

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.08.08 07:24:50 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : the last stat shows just why the ab and bok game is such a big game in world rugby. they are always close and you only know the result at after 85 minutes. most games are won/lost at the death.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.08.08 08:49:25 by try time Reply
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  • i also am not happy this big game is at newlands, we have a better chance of beating them on the highveld. but i suppose the rwc champs should be able to win anywhere. so here is hoping that the boks can level the newlands series since re admission to 2 all.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.08.08 08:52:43 by try time Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : how then can they lead SA 8-5? Surely 8 + 5 = 13?

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.08.08 09:23:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • The most important game, I’ve been told is the last game. So do we take thw Dunedin game or Puma game last week.

    Whatever it’s going to be Big.

    I doubt the Bokke will win :lol:

    By more than 5 points :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.08.08 09:34:55 by Ernie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    Should be 5-3 :oops:

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.08.08 10:07:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : s’what I thought :twisted:

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.08.08 10:25:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • Boks to win, history in the making … :cool:

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.08.08 10:41:50 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 9) : and a hat-trick for number 13

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.08.08 10:47:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • History and stats taught us that our fortress was Boet Erasmus Stadium in Port Elizabeth and not Newlands! :razz:

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.08.08 19:11:47 by Die Jood Reply

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