They were a team of giants, possibly the greatest Bok team ever
There are certain moments in rugby history that are impossible to leave behind
On Wednesday, I got stuck down a rabbit hole, falling there while researching the 1998 Tri-Nations for an interview/shoot that was going to happen on Thursday morning. It was a last-minute thing. I was given a day. I didn’t need it, but I took it and loved it.
When I’d come up for air, it felt like I had relived most of that romp of a series in real time. I certainly watched just about every minute of the Boks beating the All Blacks in Durban on August 15, a victory that seemed likely, then improbable, then produced a miraculous, manic 13 minutes of mayhem, hope and disbelief.
It was such an incredible match, it could have been a fitting end to the 1998 Tri-Nations, but there was one more match, Australia at Ellis Park a week later. Indeed, the Boks probably played their best rugby of the year in Johannesburg. Nick Mallett, the coach, certainly thought so. ..