?>
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Throwback Thursday: New Zealand and South Africa don't hold back in 1981 Christchurch brawls

BY Grant Constable  ·  Thursday Jun 27, 2019

Rugby was very different back in 1981. Still very much amateur, play was as intense as ever but there certainly wasn’t much control regarding foul play. And with a fierce rivalry between New Zealand and South Africa, it was almost a given that things would boil over.

ADVERTISEMENT

After a tense series in South Africa in 1976, which the hosts had won 3-1, the first Test in Christchurch’s Lancaster Park was always going to be fiery.

The tone for the series was set with a number of brief punch ups that the officials could do little about.

New Zealand won the match 14-9, lost the second Test 24-12 but then won the controversial third ‘Flower Bomb Test’ 25-22, securing a memorable series win.

Due to politics and sanctions against South Africa’s racial policies, it was the last time the two sides played officially until 1992, when they met again in Johannesburg.

The two teams will face off in their respective opening games of the Rugby World Cup in 2019, and while there surely won’t be any of this kind of behaviour, you can bet that the match will carry the same kind of passion and intensity that All Black vs Springbok matches have held for many a year.

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Fiji Drua player Lomani slapped with ban...

  • 23 WEEKS AGO

    The sending off that rocked the Six Nations...

  • 24 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Wallabies star Filipo Daugunu commites daylight robbery for superb try against Wales

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Wallabies score incredible end-to-end try under immense pressure from Wales

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Beauden Barrett sets up EXCEPTIONAL All Blacks try to take the lead against England

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: Smith and Freeman combine to put England in front in Auckland

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Two incredible tries in the space of two minutes as All Blacks and England come out swinging

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    England enforcer's tour could be over following red card vs Japan

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Pitch invader melted in thunderous tackle

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath's Beno Obano shown red in the Premiership final

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    World Player of the Year BANNED heading into Paris Olympics following horror challenge during Madrid SVNS

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Debate surrounding ludicrous rugby league tackle leaves union fans baffled

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Magnificent Frawley drop goal seals Irish victory in Durban as Kolbe accused of 'diving'

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Northampton fans dismayed as 'dismal' new badge revealed

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Fans bemused as France make use of 'attacking' new rule for defensive purpsoes

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Crazy end to France vs All Blacks match as TMO involved in final kick

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby 25 early access given shock release

View All

Funnies

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Wild changing room scenes as Toulouse begin their Top 14 victory celebrations

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Footage emerges of Handre Pollard before his famous RWC semi penalty

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    'I don't think I've found a front rower that is normal' - Joe Marler

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Rassie Erasmus's underrated mental warfare ahead of Ireland series

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby brotherhood on full display between three South African Rugby legends

View All

Amateur

  • 79 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 79 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 102 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 102 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 102 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Ringrose in for Aki as Farrell names Ireland squad to face Springboks

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Match preview: All Blacks vs England

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Japanese club confirms three big name overseas signings

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Semi-finalists decided after torrential rain disrupts final round of pool matches

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Ireland to face most capped starting XV in Springbok history

View All