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First test Ireland 1981 Add Video

Features two tries by Danie Gerber and a try by Rob Louw. Errol Tobias plays in his first test; check-out his hand-off in the lead-up to Rob Louw's try.

This is also the match in which Danie Gerber scored his classic try. Probably the best try by and inside center that I've seen in a test match.

Posted by McLook on January 2, 2014 at 2:57 AM 1616 Views

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Reply All Blacks 1996
6:13 AM on January 4, 2014 
McLook says...
The more I look at footage of this 1980/81 Springboks the more I foster the thought that this team might have been the most talented Springbok side ever. Just imagine this team with modern training methods.

The biggest mistake they made in 1981 is not running the ball more against the AB. Gerber just needed half a meter space and the AB watched him so dilligently that he almost never had that space. On the one or three occations the Boks did move the ball down the backline he was boxed in which caused them to stop trying. In the second test Germishuys scored a briiliant try and a couple of minutes later he almost scored a second one. In the third test when the match was 'lost' they stared running the ball and Mordt scored his hat trick.

Imagine what they would have done to England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland had they gone on a EOYT 1981/82. These players would have been highly experienced by 84 or 1985 if they were to meet the AB at home again. You think 86 was a 'slautering' just think EOYT 81/82, international rugby; 82 another EOYT 82/83; another international season 1983 followed by yet another EOYT 83/84 and then playing the AB at home with all that experience under the belt.


Yes McLook I have to agree with you the 1980s Springboks were pretty awesome. Such a shame about the political issues of the day getting in the way of a good game..
Reply McLook
12:15 AM on January 4, 2014 
The more I look at footage of this 1980/81 Springboks the more I foster the thought that this team might have been the most talented Springbok side ever. Just imagine this team with modern training methods.

The biggest mistake they made in 1981 is not running the ball more against the AB. Gerber just needed half a meter space and the AB watched him so dilligently that he almost never had that space. On the one or three occations the Boks did move the ball down the backline he was boxed in which caused them to stop trying. In the second test Germishuys scored a briiliant try and a couple of minutes later he almost scored a second one. In the third test when the match was 'lost' they stared running the ball and Mordt scored his hat trick.

Imagine what they would have done to England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland had they gone on a EOYT 1981/82. These players would have been highly experienced by 84 or 1985 if they were to meet the AB at home again. You think 86 was a 'slautering' just think EOYT 81/82, international rugby; 82 another EOYT 82/83; another international season 1983 followed by yet another EOYT 83/84 and then playing the AB at home with all that experience under the belt.
Reply McLook
9:54 PM on January 3, 2014 
One of the things that made Gerber one of the best ever was his ability to run himself into position. Have a look at were he finds himself when Pienaar get the ball the first time in the run-up to Gerber's second try. Notice how he reads play and get himself in position to receive the ball from Pienaar after Pienaar gets it back from Germishuys.

With Rob Louw's try - appreciate the speed and linking ability of both Stofberg and Rob Louw to get into a position to get the ball from Edrich Krantz.