South Africa vs New Zealand Tri Nations Test @ Ellis Park in 2000
The 2000 Tri Nations Series was contested from the 15th of July to the 26th of August between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In the end, Australia won the tournament for the first time after a thrilling 19-18 win over the Springboks in Durban. This was 1 week after South Africa took on New Zealand at Ellis Park (now Coca Cola Park) in Johannesburg (on the 19th of August 2000). The test match was a sold out 86 point affair. I still remember watching this test at Hatfield Square in Pretoria. Scrumhalf Werner Swanepoel and centre Robbie Fleck each scored 2 tries for the Springboks. Chester Williams and Thinus Delport each added a try as well. Braam van Straaten was on kicking duties for South Africa, converting all 5 of the tries and kicking over 2 penalties. New Zealand full back Christian Cullen and New Zealand centre Tana Umaga each scored 2 tries for their countries. Andrew Mehrtens was on kicking duty for the All Blacks. He kicked over 4 conversions, 3 penalties and 1 drop goal for the visitors. In the end the Springboks won the match by 46 points to 40. The match was a very close one. I remember biting my nails in the last 10 minutes. This Tri Nations test was definitely one of the most memorable ones, in my humble opinion.
This clip I found on YouTube features the highlights of the match:
The 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup kicks off in September in New Zealand. I can’t wait. I just hope the Springboks pull out all the tricks in their bag to retain their World Cup title. I’m sure that the whole of South Africa will be behind the Springboks in their World Cup campaign, urging them to do their country proud. Some of you reading this post will probably remember this test match. Feel free to comment on this post and let the readers of Running Wolf’s Rant know what they are.
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