August 29 down the years
Botha kicks Boks to victory
South Africa fly-half Naas Botha looks to pass the ball, France v South Africa, Parc des Princes, Paris, France, October 24, 1992
Naas Botha inspired the Springboks to victory over New Zealand on this day in 1981 © Getty Images

Naas Botha inspired South Africa to a series-levelling 24-12 win over New Zealand in Wellington.

Botha scored 20 points in the second Test, the fly-half kicking five penalties, a conversion and a drop goal. The All Blacks bounced back to win the deciding test, though, triumphing 25-22 in an epic encounter in Auckland.

There was more disappointment to follow for the Springboks, too, as the anti-apartheid protests littered throughout their controversial tour of New Zealand indirectly led to them being banned from international competition.

The Lions battled their way to 3-0 victory over South Africa at Kimberley.

Fullback Will Mitchell's goal from a mark was the only score of a fiercely-contested encounter.

The Lions went 3-0 up in their four-Test series with South Africa courtesy of a 9-3 victory in Kimberley. Percy Twentyman-Jones touched down for the Lions.

New Zealand routed the Lions 22-8 in Christchurch, clinching the series with one game to spare. Ralph Caulton bagged a brace of tries for the All Blacks, while Don Clarke added ten points with the boot.

Winger Stewart Boyce helped himself to two tries as Australia recorded a sensational 20-5 win over the All Blacks in Wellington. Boyce's twin brother also lined out for the Wallabies on the day.

Hugo Porta kicked 13 points as Argentina posted a 21-10 victory over Manawatu at Palmerston North.


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