As we wait for the 2022 Rugby Championship to kick off with the 102nd Test between the Springboks vs All Blacks, take a look back at when the two teams met in a thrilling 10-try showdown at Ellis Park in 2000.
Robbie Fleck and Werner Swanepoel each scored a try double as the Springboks crossed six times to record their highest score against the All Blacks in a pulsating 46-40 Tri-Nations victory that was their penultimate under coach Nick Mallett.
Captain Andre Vos was in the middle of a mobile loose trio that included Rassie Erasmus and Corne Krige, with Mark Andrews running the lineout, Thinus Delport joining the line from fullback, flyhalf Braam van Straaten kicking the points and recalled finisher Chester Williams and flyer Breyton Paulse the stars of the backline.
The bench included Bok icon Joost van der Westhuizen and future centurions Percy Montgomery and John Smit.
Mark Keohane picks his July internationals World XV
They faced a haka that included the lethal back three of Christian Cullen, Tana Umaga and Jonah Lomu, and potent halfback tandem of flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens and Justin Marshall.
Springboks: 15 Thinus Delport, 14 Chester Williams, 13 Grant Esterhuizen, 12 Robbie Fleck, 11 Breyton Paulse, 10 Braam van Straaten, 9 Werner Swanepoel, 8 Andre Vos, 7 Corne Krige, 6 Rassie Erasmus, 5 Mark Andrews, 4 Andre Venter, 3 Cobus Visagie, 2 Charl Marais, 1 Ollie le Roux
Subs: 16 Willie Meyer, 17 Albert vd Berg, 18 Warren Brosnihan, 19 John Smit, 20 Jaco vd Westhuyzen, 21 Joost vd Westhuizen, 22 Percy Montgomery
All Blacks: 15 Christian Cullen, 14 Tana Umaga, 13 Alam Ieremia, 12 Pita Alatini, 11 Jonah Lomu, 10 Andrew Mehrtens, 9 Justin Marshall, 8 Ron Cribb, 7 Josh Kronfeld, 6 Taine Randell, 5 Norm Maxwell, 4 Todd Blackadder, 3 Kees Meeuws, 2 Anton Oliver, 1 Carl Hoeft
Subs: 16 Leon MacDonald, 17 Scott Robertson, 18 Troy Flavell, 19 Greg Somerville, 20 Mark Hammett, 21 Tony Brown, 22 Byron Kelleher
MORE: Under-fire Foster to face Boks
Photo: Dave Rogers/Allsport/Getty Images
The post Classic clashes: Boks and All Blacks in 86-point thriller appeared first on SA Rugby magazine.
Leave a Reply