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1981 New Zealand v South Africa First Test Part 1 Add Video

South Africa vs New Zealand what a rivalry, the history and the passion when these two teams meet on the pitch is just amazing. My word with all the protest, the plane dropping stuff and the ref making insane decisions this certainly was one of the most dramatic rugby tours ever.

Posted by All Blacks 1996 on July 20, 2013 at 9:51 PM 366 Views

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Reply Kimbo
5:03 AM on July 21, 2013 
"11 minutes in on this clip Daruis Botha intercepted a ball with a clear run but was too slow to finish off. If Germishuys was on the field that would probably have been a try".

Yep. Typical of the gutless nature of Darius Botha. More hungry wingers would have finished it off. What were the Boks thinking off, dropping a player like Germishuys, with that wonderful outside swerve?!

"Is the Mark Shaw punch down of Eben Jansen on the clip? I fast tracked at some places but didn't see it."

No. It is in the second half, at a lineout on the Springbok goal line, on the near side of the field to the camera. I remember it VERY well! :)
Reply McLook
4:40 AM on July 21, 2013 
11 minutes in on this clip Daruis Botha intercepted a ball with a clear run but was too slow to finish off. If Germishuys was on the field that would probably have been a try.

Is the Mark Shaw punch down of Eben Jansen on the clip? I fast tracked at some places but didn't see it.
Reply Kimbo
2:59 AM on July 21, 2013 
Ah, I remember this game like it was yesterday.

I got the chance to pick a book for winning a school prize at the end of 1981, and the choice was obvious - the New Zealand Rugby Annual - which had a picture of Stu Wilson scoring in this game on the cover.

If memory serves me right, and as per the 'angle' the book took in summarising this game, not long after this video sequence ends, at about the 20 minute mark of the first half, the 'crucial' moment of the game occurred. With the big Springbok forwards starting to show the first signs of getting on top courtsey of Botha's line and up-and-under kicking, the Springboks had the feed to an attacking scrum deep in NZ territory. Botha was no doubt setting himself for another drop goal as he had done in the opening minutes. Instead Andy Dalton won a tighthead. So much for the All Blacks being smashed by the Springbok scrum.

The All Blacks cleared long and deep, and then basically began dominating position, possession, and the tempo and tactical character of the game.

It was only when the Springboks were 3-14 down, with about 15 minutes to play that they stopped kicking away possesion, and began to chance their arm, on a couple of occasions from behind their own goal line - and Gerber ripped our midfield apart. Jefferd never played again for New Zealand!

A deserved win for a more enterprising and resourceful New Zealand on the day against a poorly selected, and tactically obtuse Springbok team.
Reply McLook
12:02 AM on July 21, 2013 
Thanks for this AB96.

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