August 7 down the years
Tear-gassing the unwelcome Springboks
Unwelcome tourists © Getty Images

Anti-apartheid demonstrators dropped a tear-gas bomb into the South Africa team bus as it travelled to the Sydney Cricket Ground for the third and final Test against the Wallabies. Even though three Springbok players fell ill as a result of the attack, the tourists still managed to complete a series whitewash courtesy of an 18-6 win. South Africa's visit had been the subject of much controversy within Australia and Queensland premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen was even moved to declare a month-long state of emergency because of the local unrest.

Ten years later and a similar story. Under police advice the NZRFU called off a match between the Springbok tourists and South Canterbury after police advised it that security at the venue in Timaru could not be guaranteed. Local organisers were less than impressed as they were only told once the decision had been made.

New Zealand retained the Bledisloe Cup and edged nearer to reclaiming the Tri-Nations crown with a 20-10 victory over Australia at the AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

Australia drew level with New Zealand at the top of the Tri-Nations table with a 23-18 win over their great rivals in Sydney. Lote Tuqiri scored the only try of a scrappy game in the second half after Ali Williams had been sent to the sin bin, and all that after the All Blacks had edged 9-0 ahead.

Christian Cullen, deployed in the unfamiliar role of centre, helped himself to a brace of tries as New Zealand beat South Africa 34-18 in Pretoria.

John Bevan crossed in the final minute of the Lions' 11-5 victory over North Auckland to equal Tony O'Reilly's record of most tries scored on a tour of New Zealand (17).

Winger Dai Williams bagged a hat-trick as South Africa rout Wellington 29-0 in their final provincial fixture before the Test series against New Zealand.


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