Top 10 Springbok tries

2014-01-29 10:43
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Top 10 Springbok Tries (Post-isolation)

scored some superb tries along the way. Here’s the top 10 Bok tries since 1992: with two World Cup titles since 1995. Sadly, they’ve lost their positive win/loss ratio against New Zealand, their fiercest foes, since being readmitted to Test rugby but thankfully they’ve scored some superb tries along the way. Here’s the top 10 Bok tries since 1992:

 10. Ireland vs SA, Dublin 1998 (Joost vd Westhuizen) A turnover scrum results in Bob Skinstad picking up the loose ball, sprinting 40 metres and drawing the defence before offloading to Henry Honiball, who flicks a basketball pass for the ever-present Joost to score under the poles untouched.

 9. SA vs NZ, Ellis Park 2000 (Thinus Delport) This high-octane, humdinger of a Test is best remembered for the 70 metre try which culminated Thinus Delport’s incision of the All Black’s steely defence and a turn of pace which even Christian Cullen couldn’t cope with.  

 8. SA vs NZ, Ellis Park 1992 (Danie Gerber) The Springboks foray into a new era of international rugby was christened by a Test against their biggest rivals. Danie Gerber missed out during isolation but got the opportunity to show the world his pure class by ghosting past Frank Bunce and Walter Little to score a gem of a try.

 7. SA vs NZ, Wellington 1998 (Pieter Roussouw) An iconic moment during the Nick Mallett era which gave the Boks their first win in New Zealand since 1981. A set piece move resulted in Roussouw receiving the ball against the grain – after Honiball had dummied Joost – to dive over untouched. Unbelievable!

 6. ENG vs SA, Twickenham 1997 (Andre Snyman) With England leading 11-7, Andre Snyman, playing at outside centre, decided to take on the Poms on his own. Standing in the flyhalf position, Snyman receives the ball on the halfway line, feints and dummies the entire English defence and proceeds to sprint all the way under the poles.

 5. SA vs AUS, Newlands 1995 (Pieter Hendricks) Chester Williams was injured before the start of the 1995 World Cup. It was the opening game, a must-win for the Boks. They trailed the Aussies. Enter Hendricks, a speedy winger with a deceptive sidestep, who rounds David Campese and scores a try which sets alight the Railway Stand and a nation.

 4. NZ vs SA, Dunedin 2003 (Richard Bands) An all-time favourite with Bok fans and front rankers alike. With the Boks staring down the barrel of defeat, Bands decides to take matters in his own hands by running onto a crash ball pass from Joost and sprints 40 metres before letting Carlos Spencer know that the bus is most definitely full.

 3. NZ vs SA, Dunedin 2008 (Ricky Januarie). Perhaps one of the most unlikeliest tries from Januarie but they all count. And boy did this one count! With the All Blacks leading 28-23 in the 79th minute, the Boks are on the attack but can’t make inroads until Januarie picks up the ball from a ruck, goes through a hole, dummies, breaks and chips his way to Bok glory and the history books as SA break their 87 year hoodoo in Dunedin. UNBELIEVABLE!!!

 2. NZ vs SA, Dunedin 2012 (Bryan Habana) The IRB 2012 Try of the Year was a piece of individual brilliance by Bryan Habana – making it a tough choice for greatest try. After Morne Steyn’s dreadful performance with the boot, Habana showed his world-class with a deft chip which flummoxed the New Zealand cover defence for an extraordinary score in the corner and gave the NZ commentary plenty to swoon over.

 1. SA vs British and Irish Lions, Loftus Versfeld (Jacque Fourie) A try that will live in the memory of millions of Springbok fans. With the ghosts of the 1997 Lions tour circling the hosts with an imminent defeat, in steps the courage of a champion team to score a great team try. The Boks were trailing 18-22; the ball is spun down the line until it reaches the safe hands of Jacque Fourie – who miraculously tiptoed down the touchline, bashed Ronan O’Gara out the way and stayed inside the field of play to score a try which helped win the series and was later named the IRB 2009 Try of the Year.


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