Saturday 17 March 2018 / 09:25 PM


As the Wallabies attempt to chalk up their first-ever win at Loftus Versfeld this weekend, they could take some inspiration from their 1992 predecessors.

Throwback Thursday relives the historic encounter between Australia and South Africa at Newlands – the first clash between the nations since 1971 after two decades of apartheid-related exile for the Springboks.

South Africa has always been a graveyard for touring teams, particularly so prior to the Springboks’ 1990s reinstatement. The Wallabies won just five of their 19 away Tests against the Springboks from 1933-71.

But world champs produced one of their finest performances of a halcyon era in the one-off Cape Town clash in 1992.

Fresh from a drought-breaking Bledisloe Cup series win over the All Blacks on home soil, Nick Farr-Jones’ Australian side swept to a 26-3 rout of the South Africans.

On a muddy Newlands pitch, Tim Horan producing one of his greatest displays in a green-and-gold jumper, diminutive winger Paul Carozza scoring a sensational double, and veteran David Campese becoming the first player in history to register 50 Test tries.

Accentuating the achievement of the ’92 Wallabies – and accentuating the difficulties they have had winning in the Republic – South Africa have won 19 of the subsequent 23 home Tests against Australia.

[YouTube – 99waylon]

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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