South Africa won the first Rugby Union test against New Zealand - the "All Blacks" - at Pretoria on Saturday by the convincing margin of 17 points to 6.
South Africa won the first Rugby Union test against New Zealand - the "All Blacks" - at Pretoria on Saturday by the convincing margin of 17 points to 6. This ended a run by the New Zealanders of 17 internationals without defeat in the past five years.
The South Africans tore into the match right from the start. Within 12 minutes, they had amassed 9 points; a try by their captain, Dawie de Villiers, a dropped goal by stand-off half Visagie, and a penalty kicked by full back McCallum. Visagie's dropped goal brought him a total of 100 points in test matches.
Before half-time, McCallum, one of four new caps, kicked another penalty, to put South Africa in the lead by 12 points to nil.
New Zealand came back into the match in the second half, when their full back McCormick scored a penalty, and their wing three-quarter Williams scored a brilliant try in the corner. But four minutes from the end, South Africa went still further ahead, with a try by their wing three-quarter, Syd Nomis, which McCallum converted.
The New Zealanders had won all ten of the run-up matches on their present tour, as well as achieving their five-year unbroken record in internationals. But in clashes between them and South Africa, the visiting side has never yet won the first test match; and this record the South Africans kept intact.