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Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if New Zealand and its All Blacks last for a thousand years, men will still say, Loftus Versfeld 1996 was their finest hour.

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Reply All Blacks 1996
9:36 PM on August 13, 2016 
All Blacks: High Drama on Highveld in historic series victory

Wynne Gray looks back at how the All Blacks clinched victory in part two of his story about New Zealand?s first series win in South Africa.
Reply All Blacks 1996
5:37 PM on November 6, 2014 
In 1996 the All Blacks beat South Africa four times in a row before the Springboks got one back at Ellis Park.

The All Blacks are on the eve of their 217th test since their first professional outing against Samoa in 1996.

Back in 1996 the All Blacks beat the Springboks four times but they also lost another test against our greatest rival. Those were heady times as rugby bounced around in its professional infancy.

It's extraordinary to recall that half of the All Blacks' 10 tests that year were against South Africa as they duelled in five of their last six tests for the year.

They met at Lancaster Park, then Newlands, Kings Park, Loftus Versfeld and Ellis Park in a torrid sequence until the All Blacks could finally claim their first series victory in South Africa.

The only respite for the sides came after Andrew Mehrtens kicked five penalties on his home track to give the All Blacks a 15-11 margin.

A detour through Brisbane was the interruption before the All Blacks won 29-18, 23-19 and then 33-26 at Loftus Versfeld to nail the series.

That was four in a row before the Boks retrieved some credit with a 32-22 win at Ellis Park.

TEXT by Wynne Gray a NZ Herald columnist, "Chance for All Blacks to go for four-peat" Friday Nov 7, 2014