August 30 down the years
Nokwe rips Wallabies apart
Australia's Adam Ashley-Cooper of Australia fails to stop South African wing Jongi Nokwe from scoring in the corner, South Africa v Australia, Tri-Nations, Ellis Park, Johannesburg, August 30, 2008
Jongi Nokwe touches down in the corner for the Wallabies in Johannesburg © Getty Images
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South Africa winger Jongi Nokwe created a new Tri-Nations record by touching down four times in his side's 53-8 rout of Australia in Jonannesburg. Remarkably, Nokwe, who was playing in just his third Test for the Springboks, had been on the field for just 55 minutes, having been stretchered off after injuring his ankle whilst in the process of scoring his fourth try. South Africa crossed the Wallaby whitewash eight times in total, with Andries Bekker, Adrian Jacobs, Ruan Pienaar and Odwa Ndungane all scoring one try apiece. The victory halted a run of three successive defeats for the reigning world champions, who had been humbled 27-15 in Durban the week before.

New South Wales' 16-strong squad assembled in Sydney ahead of their historic seven-match tour of New Zealand. No other reprensentative side had ever before undertaken an overseas tour.

Tony Melrose made his senior Wallaby debut, the then 18-year-old coming on as a replacement in his country's 8-3 triumph over Wanganui at Spriggens Park. His first Test match came against the All Blacks later that year, when No.8 Greg Cornelson scored four famous tries in a 30-16 win.

The Lions claimed their first win in nine games with a 13-3 win over Cape Province in Kimberley.

The Lions were edged out 6-5 by the Wallabies in their one and only Test on Australian soil following their Tour of New Zealand. Winger Gordon McGhie and scrum-half Syd Malcolm scored for the Wallabies, while Lions skipper Doug Prenitce converted a try by England centre Tony Novis.

The Wallabies maintained their unbeaten record in New Zealand with a 12-9 victory over Otago.


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