Welcome back to Newlands! The All Blacks will be playing the Springboks at Newlands for the first time since 2008. looks back at the previous three clashes between the nations at the iconic Cape venue.
IN INCLEMENT conditions, the Springbok forwards took control of the game from the first minute and rarely has an All Blacks pack been so thoroughly dominated.
But the home back-line could not get the ball over the line in the game in the rain and it came down to a battle between the goal kickers.
Percy Montgomery was having an off day and the hero for the Kiwis was flyhalf Tony Brown, who showed poise and nerve to nail four penalties, mostly against the run of play.
The Bok tight five of Robbie Kempson, Lukas van Biljon, Cobus Visagie, Mark Andrews and Victor Matfield was outstanding.
Few who were present will forget Van Biljon stampeding through the opposition forwards like a runaway freight train and knocking out lock Norm Maxwell with a swing of his hips.
Andrews recalls: “We were just about kicking ourselves in the change room after the game. We knew that was one that got away. We had completely stuffed them up and then let them get away with it.”