SA vs NZ at Newlands Part 2, 1976-2005

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Springboks on 13 Aug 2008 at 16:56
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We have already given the matches played between South Africa and New Zealand in 1928, 1949, 1960 and 1970. This second installment has the last four.

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South Africa vs New Zealand, 15-10 on 4 September 1976

When the All Blacks arrived in Cape Town, the major topic of conversation was the New Zealand team for the third Test.

Surprisingly coach Jay Stewart made as many as four changes to his line-up – two of them enforced which evened the balance after the blunders by the Springbok selectors.

The dropping of jaguar-like flank Kevin Eveleigh and polished flyhalf Doug Bruce were cases in point. Both had been king-pins in the Bloemfontein victory.

Stewart believed Billy Bush’s injured ankle would not stand up to a hammering Test battle so he brought in another front ranker in Percy Harris.

His gamble was to cost the All Blacks dearly as strongman Johan Strauss buckled, bent and finally destroyed his opposite number.

This disrupted the Kiwis’ pack which served to mastermind the worst ball he had received in the series. From supreme commander of the second Test, Stewart slid down the slope to mediocrity at Newlands.

South African locks Moaner van Heerden and Kevin de Klerk locked the scrums in a vice-like grip while flanks Boland Coetzee and rising hero Theuns Stofberg were able to keep a parity with Stewart and Kirkpatrick when the play was channelled close to the confines of the scrums and rucks.


For South Africa:
Try: Oosthuizen.
Con: Bosch.
Pens: Bosch 2.
Drop: Snyman.

For New Zealand:
Try: Robertson.
Pens: Williams 2

South Africa: DSL Snyman, CF Pope, JJ Oosthuizen, PJM Whipp, JS Germishuys, GR Bosch, PCR Bayvel, M du Plessis (captain), MTS Stofberg, JHH Coetzee, KBH de Klerk, JL van Heerden, JHP Strauss, JFB van Wyk, JCJ Stander.

New Zealand: CL Fawcett, BG Williams, BJ Robertson, JE Morgan, GB Batty, DJ Robertson, SM Going, AR Leslie (captain), KW Stewart, IA Kirkpatrick, PJ Whiting, HH Macdonald, KK Lambert, RW Norton, PC Harris.

Referee: GP Bezuidenhout South Africa.


New Zealand vs South Africa, 29-18 on 0 August 1996

The curtain came down on François Pienaar’s great Springbok career as Sean Fitzpatrick’s All Blacks arrived in South Africa chasing their first series win here and confident of success. A passionate onslaught by the Springboks saw them score well-worked tries through Japie Mulder and Os du Randt and rattling up a lead of 18-6.

Brave defence meant it took the tourists 70 minutes before they led on the scoreboard, but by that stage, it had long been apparent that the Springboks were rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic as incredible ball retention by the Kiwis meant they simply never got any possession of note.

In the process, South Africa ironically proved itself the best defensive side in the world, but that was never going to suffice and Craig Dowd, who started the destruction in the scrums, ran over a game Joost van der Westhuizen in the dying minutes to put a fitting last nail in the home side’s coffin.

Michael Jones, fatally omitted from their World Cup squad, and Josh Kronfeld called the tune all day long and, with the quick, sure-fire possession they produced as if on an assembly line, the Kiwis could afford the patience and discipline which set them apart from the rest of the rugby world.


New Zealand:
Tries: Osborne, Dowd.
Con: Mehrtens 2.
Pens: Mehrtens 5.

South Africa:
Tries: Mulder, Du Randt.
Con: Stransky.
Pens: Stransky 2.


South Africa: JT Small, P Hendriks, JC Mulder, HP le Roux, J Swart, JT Stransky, JH van der Westhuizen, GH Teichmann, RJ Kruger, JF Pienaar (captain), JJ Strydom, MG Andrews, S Atherton, MH Hurter, J Allan, JP du Randt DF Theron.

New Zealand: CM Cullen, JW Wilson, FE Bunce, WK Little A Ieremia, GM Osborne, AP Mehrtens, JW Marshall, ZV Brooke, JA Kronfeld AF Blowers, MN Jones, RM Brooke, ID Jones, OM Brown, SBT Fitzpatrick (captain), CW Dowd.

Referee: DTM McHugh Ireland.


New Zealand vs South Africa, 12-3 on 21 July 2001

Like almost every year since 1996, the Springboks started the Tri-Nations with a lot of anticipation only to be disappointed at the first hurdle.

The All Blacks travelled to a soaking-wet Newlands and, after a hard-fought game decided by the boot, recorded a 12-3 victory over the Springboks. Incidentally, this was also the score at half-time in the first Tri-Nations game ever where no tries were scored.

The visitors won because their goal-kicker had a much better success rate. Between Percy Montgomery – scoring the Springboks’ only points of the game in the third minute in front of his home crowd – and Butch James, the home team missed four penalties, while the All Blacks’ Tony Brown kicked four out of four. Montgomery was then not a recognised kicker, nor was Butch Jmes, both of whom will be the kickers at Newlands in 2008.

The Cape Town winter weather really spoiled the level of rugby played, but the All Blacks showed that water-tight defence can win games, as they tackled the Springboks into the Newlands mud time after time.

Two young Springbok forwards caught the eye – lock Victor Matfield and hooker Lukas van Biljon – but it was to be a day for Brown and Black under the grey South African sky.


For New Zealand:
Pens: Brown 4.

For South Africa:
Pen: Montgomery.


New Zealand: JW Wilson LR MacDonald, DC Howlett, TJF Umaga, PPF Alatini, JT Lomu, TE Brown, JW Marshall, RT Cribb MR Holah, TC Randell, RD Thorne, TV Flavell, NMC Maxwell CR Jack, GM Somerville, AD Oliver (captain), CH Hoeft.

South Africa: PC Montgomery, BJ Paulse, MC Joubert DJ Kayser, RF Fleck, DB Hall, AD James, JH van der Westhuizen, RB Skinstad (captain), AG Venter, AN Vos JC van Niekerk, MG Andrews, V Matfield JN Ackermann, IJ Visagie, L van Biljon JW Smit, RB Kempson A-H le Roux.

Referee: SM Young Australia.


South Africa vs New Zealand, 22-16 on 6 August 2005

The Springboks generally led – by 13 points at one stage in the first half and saw it shrink to 16-13 at half-toime, then by nine points at one stage in the second half.

The sides scored a try apiece and the All Blacks had more of the ball, which meant yet another Springbok victory achieved by tackling.

Early in the match Victor Matfield swung an arm that left Byron Kelleher groggy and it was the All Black scrumhalf who gave the pass which Jean de Villiers intercepted for the try. Rico Gear was on the end of a three-man overlap which gave him an easy trot-in for the try.


For South Africa:
Try: De Villiers
Con: Montgomery
Pens: Montgomery 4
Drop: Pretorius

For New Zealand:
Try: Gear
Con: Carter
Pens: Carter 3


South Africa: PC Montgomery, BJ Paulse, J Fourie, J de Villiers, BG Habana, AS Pretorius, ER Januarie, JC an Niekerk, JH Smith, SWP Burger, V Matfield, JP Botha, CJ van der Linde, JW Smit (captain), JP du Randt
Replacements: HM Shimange, GG Steenkamp, PA van den Berg, J Cronje, PF du Preez, W Julies, JNB an der Westhuyzen

New Zealand: LR MacDonald, RL Gear, JF Umaga (captain), AJD Mauger, JM Muliaina, DW Carter, BT Kelleher, R So’oialo, RH McCaw, J Collins, AJ Williams, CR Jack, CJ Hayman, KF Mealamu, TD Woodcock.
Replacements: DJC Witcombe, GM Somerville, JAC Ryan, MR Holah, PAT Weepu, CL McAlister, JT Rokocoko.

Referee: AJ Cole Australia


  • wow – we are really kak at Newlands!

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.08.08 16:57:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Woohoo confidence boosters!

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.08.08 17:09:02 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • South African locks Moaner van Heerden and Kevin de Klerk locked the scrums in a vice-like grip while flanks Boland Coetzee and rising hero Theuns Stofberg

    Love this names man, really i freaken love em

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.08.08 17:10:40 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • Was 1996 not the test where Pienaar got injured, concussed or something? And when he left the field it all went tits up.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.08.08 17:14:38 by McLovin Reply

  • 2001 hurt.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.08.08 17:15:59 by McLovin Reply

  • Got concussed and never ever came back,that sucks.
    Dude im waiting all day for you, check this out

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.08.08 17:16:03 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 6) : hey pal… when we getting a write up on your Newlands trip? 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.08.08 17:27:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 6) : sweet – I have joined the group

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.08.08 17:28:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Actually transferring it from paper now dude.lunchtime tomorrow ok?

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.08.08 17:31:24 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • Gotsta run.peace

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.08.08 17:32:39 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 9) : of course! Later dude

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.08.08 17:52:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 6) : 😆 Has to be done.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.08.08 17:53:54 by McLovin Reply


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