The controversy over the captaincy of the South African Rugby Union side to meet New Zealand's All Blacks in the first test in Durban next Saturday has been settled.
GV All Blacks (in dark strip) attacking and scoring try
GV All Blacks attacking again and scoring another try
GV White crowd watching
GV Western Province attacking and missing try
GV Play resumes and Western Province retrieve ball from All Blacks to score try by number 14
GV Western Province taking conversion kick
GV Midfield play before final whistle
"Batty's on to the loose ball and so is Stewart - Kirkpatrick - ten metres line - Kirkpatrick - it's Jaffray; Williams outside and in the clear - Williams going for the corner. Bossy Clarke is in, and inside to Jaffray and that's four points. Osborne 22 metres; took Leslie with him, inside to Kirkpatrick - the easiest of plays to Duncan Robertson. That's Serfontein now Blair; and Snyman did not bother to look where he was. That's short left, the overlap is here (indistinct), Bossy Clark and Batty nearly the intercept, Snyman the advantage rule. Away goes Morne Du Plessis inside to Chris Pope. Weight of the world on his shoulders at the moment and he gets it. The ball kicked away, Williams will try a drop for sure if he can get himself into position, Brian Williams, spilling the ball, and this a chance - away go the Western Province with Chris Pope in the van - Bill Osborne, Bill Osborne, Osborne away up the middle for himself; back is Snyman - across - and that's it, Western Province have beaten the All Blacks and a deserved victory with tries to New Zealand by Jaffray and Duncan Robertson."
This was the first defeat the All Blacks has suffered since 1973 when they lost to England at Eden Park, and it thrilled the home team's supporters. A great deal of controversy surrounds this tour by the All Blacks. It led to, among other things, a walkout at the Olympics by 21 African nations in protest against New Zealand's sporting links with South Africa.
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Background: The controversy over the captaincy of the South African Rugby Union side to meet New Zealand's All Blacks in the first test in Durban next Saturday has been settled. Named as Captain is Morne Du Plessis, who led a Western Provincial side to a thrilling win against the All Blacks - 12 points to 11. Watched by 43,000 people at Newlands in Cape Town, the All Blacks led three-nil at half time through a lone penalty goal by fullback Laurie Mains. A commentator from the South African Broadcasting Corporation takes up the story.