Springboks

'Battle of Boet Erasmus' remembered

2015-06-03 11:00
Rod Snow and James Dalton receive their marching orders...

Cape Town - June 3, 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the infamous "Battle of Boet Erasmus" when the Springboks duelled Canada in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

It was a memorable tournament for the Springboks, who went on to beat New Zealand 15-12 in the final later that month.

However, the match in Port Elizabeth against the Canadians will be remembered for the wrong reasons, despite the Springboks' 20-0 victory on the night.

The match was delayed for 45 minutes due to a power failure, which only added to the tension.

It was a hard, physical match, which eventually boiled over with a major brawl in the second half.

There was a scuffle between Bok wing Pieter Hendriks and Canadian counterpart Winston Stanley, before Canada fullback Scott Stewart came flying in with a hit to the back of Hendriks' head.

Bok hooker James Dalton joined the scuffle to help his team-mate, but appeared to spark things even more, before a mass brawl ensued.

Irish referee Dave McHugh opted to send off Dalton, Canadian captain Gareth Rees and prop Rod Snow.

Hendriks was cited afterwards and both he and Dalton were banned from the tournament, which allowed Chester Williams a way back into the Bok squad, after the Western Province wing had initially missed selection for the tournament due to injury.

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