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South Africa vs. New Zealand: 5 Greatest Tries in Springbok-All Blacks Matches

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2013

South Africa vs. New Zealand: 5 Greatest Tries in Springbok-All Blacks Matches

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    This weekend will see either New Zealand or South Africa crowned as victors of this year's Rugby Championship.

    The All Blacks travel to Cape Town looking to uphold their 100 percent winning record in the tournament, while the Coca-Cola Park hosts are merely hopeful of reversing the luck they had in Auckland three weeks ago.

    With two of the Southern Hemisphere's giants ready to clash once more, it's time to look back and recollect the best tries in the historical fixture between the Springboks and All Blacks.

5. Richard Kahui: 2011 Tri Nations

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    In a move straight from the New Zealand training ground, Sir Graham Henry's All Blacks show just how quickly they can tend to punish their opponents, switching flanks in just a handful of passes for Richard Kahui to score in the 2011 Tri Nations.

    From a Keven Mealamu line-out on the left flank, an inside pass from Sonny Bill Williams opens up the necessary space for Hosea Gear before a sweet offload to Kahui sets up a terrific score.

    The All Blacks are undoubtedly among the most dangerous, if not the most threatening side to defend against when given a shred of space, this score being a perfect testament to that.

4. Gerrie Germishuys: New Zealand 1976 New Zealand Tour to South Africa

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    Just over 35 years ago, South Africa were enjoying their most fruitful period of success against New Zealand, and the 1976 series between these two nations was the second consecutive tour that the Springboks won against their fierce rivals.

    Gerrie Germishuys scored a couple of memorable tries against New Zealand in his 20-match test career, the most impressive of which was this jinking run around the All Blacks' defence in '76.

    Capitalising on an extremely staggered back line, the winger-cum-centre put the accelerators on to added the finishing touch to this quick-counter try.

3. Thinus Delport: 2000 Tri Nations

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    2000 is widely regarded as being one of the best years for rugby, with numerous Southern Hemisphere matches of that year holding particularly high standing for the quality displayed in that era.

    Thinus Delport is responsible for running in one of the scores that best sums the exciting style of rugby that came out so often at the time, sprinting home from 55 yards and evading the challenges of several defenders along the way.

    South Africa would eventually go on to win the match 46-40 in what's now regarded as one of the best matches of all time.

2. Israel Dagg: 2010 Tri Nations

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    A player couldn't ask for a better way to score their first international test try than Israel Dagg did in the 2010 Tri Nations series, propelling New Zealand to Johannesburg victory with this 79th-minute score.

    The All Blacks fullback, clearly unfazed by the massive occasion around him, collects the ball with plenty of obstacles in his way but somehow managing to outrun the challenges of Schalk Burger, Zane Kirchner and Danie Roussouw.

    Silkily slipping his way through the Springboks defence, Dagg set the wheels in motion for what's already been an illustrious All Blacks career and one that is only likely to get better.

1. Bryan Habana: 2012 IRPA Try of the Year

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    In 2012's inaugural Rugby Championship, Bryan Habana scored the finest of his five tries against New Zealand, taking a crash ball off a finely worked move before chipping in to celebrate in front of a Dunedin crowd.

    Combining pace, power and skill of the highest order, Habana's goes down as one of the best scores ever, despite only taking a few seconds to go from start to end.

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