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5 epic Springboks v All Blacks Tests

The Springboks and All Blacks face off for the one hundredth time in Townsville, Australia on Saturday, extending an intense rivalry relationship again a century.

Kick-off is at 09:05 SA time.

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A glance beneath at FIVE traditional clashes between New Zealand and South Africa:

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Dunedin – August 13, 1921

New Zealand 13 South Africa 5

It all started earlier than a roaring crowd of 25,000 folks at Dunedin’s Carisbrook Stadium, nicknamed “The House of Pain”. 

The touring Springboks had lost solely one in all 9 warm-up matches in opposition to New Zealand provinces and had been up 5-0 at half-time.

But New Zealand bounced again with three unanswered tries after the break. 

The Springboks must wait till 2008 to style victory at Carisbrook, which closed two years later.

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Eden Park – September 25, 1937

New Zealand 6 South Africa 17

In 100 years of bitterly contested Test matches, solely the 1937 Springboks have ever received a collection on New Zealand soil.

The deciding match adopted a spiteful build-up, with the All Blacks elevating issues about violent play when South Africa got here from behind within the second Test to degree the collection.

The vacationers went on to defeat the All Blacks in type, thrashing them 5 tries to nil within the collection finale after producing a scrummaging masterclass.

Believing he had achieved all he might within the sport, skipper Philip Nel is alleged to have retired by throwing his boots into the ocean on the voyage again to South Africa.

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Christchurch – August 18, 1956

New Zealand 17 South Africa 10

By 1956, the head-to-head ledger between the groups was two collection drawn and two received by South Africa, who had not lost a Test collection to any workforce since 1896.

Desperate to dethrone them, New Zealand notched a 10-6 win within the first Test however panicked when South Africa received the second 8-3, with selectors calling up famend hardman Kevin Skinner. 

Skinner, a former novice nationwide heavyweight boxing champion who had not performed a Test for 2 years, set about subduing the Springboks entrance row.

He began the third Test as tighthead prop and went to work on South Africa’s Chris Koch, then switched to loosehead at halftime and did the identical to Jaap Bekker.

Skinner maintained he threw solely two punches throughout all the match however no matter he did was sufficient to quell the Springboks, who went on to lose the fourth Test and provides New Zealand a 3-1 collection victory.

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Eden Park – September 12, 1981

New Zealand 25 South Africa 22

The Springbok tour of 1981 was met with fierce anti-apartheid protests in New Zealand, sparking bloody scenes as demonstrators and police fought pitched road battles. 

For the ultimate Test in Auckland, greater than 2,000 police – about 40 % of all the nationwide pressure – fought in opposition to 7,000 protesters exterior an Eden Park stadium ringed with razor wire.

Protesters dropped flour bombs on the pitch from a light-weight aircraft, felling All Blacks prop Gary Knight with a direct hit to the pinnacle however failing to cease the match.

New Zealand received 25-22 but it surely was overshadowed by the highly effective anti-apartheid message.

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Ellis Park – June 24, 1995

South Africa 15 New Zealand 12 

The Jonah Lomu-inspired All Blacks had been red-hot favourites within the 1995 Rugby World Cup closing however South Africa had a secret weapon — political prisoner-turned-president Nelson Mandela. 

Mandela shocked a principally white crowd of 62,000 at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park – and gamers from either side – when he appeared earlier than kick-off sporting a Springbok jersey.

Lomu later stated Mandela’s presence and the gang’s response intimidated the New Zealanders, who by no means regained their equilibrium and lost to a Joel Stransky discipline purpose in further time.

Donning the green-and-gold jersey broadly seen as an emblem of the apartheid regime was an enormous gamble for Mandela. But it had the specified impact of fostering racial reconciliation within the fledgling Rainbow Nation and pictures of a beaming Mandela presenting the Webb Ellis Cup to Springbok captain Francois Pienaar grew to become iconic.

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