Springboks beat Wales at start of new era
Tempers flare during an ill-tempered clash between South Africa and Wales on this day in 1995 © Getty Images
Centre Japie Mulder, captain and flanker Francois Pienaar, winger James Small and lock Kobus Wiese all crossed for tries for the hosts in their first outing since winning the Rugby World Cup with fly-half Joel Stransky weighing in with three penalties and three conversions. Flanker Mark Bennett dotted down for Wales' only try while replacement hooker Garin Jenkins saw red for a punch.
Wiese was lucky to escape a similar punishment for a punch on Wales lock Derwyn Jones during an ill-tempered clash but he was cited after the game, along with Jenkins, with both players subsequently handed 30-day bans.
Edward Griffiths, the Sarfu chief executive, said afterwards, "Professionalism doesn't only imply being paid, but implies high standards of conduct too."
Skipper Ian Kirkpatrick grabbed two tries for the hosts with Alan Sutherland, Graham Whiting and Bryan Williams also getting amongst the scorers. Fullback Trevor Morris rounded out the scoring with two penalties and two conversions. Jeff McLean also notched a brace for the Wallabies with John Cole adding another but they were unable to overhaul New Zealand.
The All Blacks' victory followed a 29-6 victory in Wellington the previous month that together with the Christchurch success ensured the sizeable Bledisloe silverware remained on New Zealand's side of the Tasman. New Zealand would not relinquish the trophy until 1978 when Australia finally ended their domination after a record 27-year reign.
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