/ On This Day

/ Story

August 18 down the years
Pumas make their mark
South Africa's Adriaan Strauss on the charge, South Africa v Argentina, The Rugby Championship, Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa, August 18, 2012
South Africa's Adriaan Strauss breaks the Pumas' defence © PA Photos

Argentina made history by playing their first Rugby Championship game. The Pumas were welcomed into the expanded competition - which replaced the Tri-Nations - by South Africa, who ran out 27-6 victors at Newlands in Cape Town. Zane Kirchner, Marcell Coetzee and Bryan Habana scored tries for the hosts, who lost hooker Bismarck du Plessis to a serious knee injury in the opening minutes. Earlier in the day, New Zealand beat Australia 27-19 in Sydney thanks to tries from Israel Dagg and Cory Jane.

Don Clarke made his Test debut for New Zealand, kicking a conversion and two penalties to propel the home side to a 17-10 victory that put the All Blacks 2-1 up in their series against South Africa.

The game took place at Lancaster Park, Christchurch and was the first of 31 Tests for the man who gained the nickname "The Boot" due to his phenomenal kicking ability, scoring 781 points for his country.

Australia and South Africa drew for the first time in 47 Tests. The Springboks survived the second half sin-binnings of Butch James and Bobby Skinstad and a late Stephen Larkham drop goal attempt to clinch a tie at the Subiaco Oval in Perth.

South Africa beat New Zealand 11-6 to go two-one ahead in its four-match series with the All Blacks at the Crusader Ground at Port Elizabeth. The series was the first between the two great rivals on South African soil and they tied over all as the All Blacks won the "Umbrella Test" at a wet Newlands on September 1st.

Australia's 21-9 win against the All Blacks in Wellington brought an end to New Zealand's world record unbeaten run of 23 Tests. A strong second half saw the Wallabies recover from a 9-6 half time deficit against the World Champions with Phil Kearns grabbing a try and Michael Lynagh scoring 17 points in front of 38,000 fans.

The Lions crashed to a 19-16 defeat against Eastern Transvaal in Springs, suffering only their second non-Test defeat in the penultimate match of the tour. Wally Labuschagne scored two tries for the hosts who came back from a 13-8 half time deficit to claim a famous victory in front of 25,000 spectators.

Wing Jim Boyce set a new record for a Wallaby on tour, scoring six tries in Australia's 43-0 rout of Wairarapa at Masterton.


Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Latest
  • Most Viewed
  • News
  • Features
  • Rugby

    Blues can still make Super finals: Kirwan

    A believer in sporting miracles, Sir John Kirwan hasn't given up on his beleaguered Blues making the Super Rugby finals despite their none-from-six start to the season

  • Boxing

    Brook makes perfect comeback on return from stabbing

    Six months after being victim of a machete attack that left him fearing for his life, Kell Brook dished out a vicious attack of his own in his a first world title defence

  • Tennis

    Heather Watson flounders at Miami Open wash-out

    Heather Watson's challenge at the Miami Open ended in the second round as Angelique Kerber won their rain-affected clash which spanned two days

  • Rugby

    Handre Pollard kicks Bulls into seventh place

    Bulls five-eighth Handre Pollard became the first Super Rugby player past the 100-point mark this season as his team defeated the Crusaders 31-19 in Pretoria

  • Rugby

    Disallowed tries hurt Force in loss

    Two disallowed tries ensured the Western Force ended their South African tour winless with the Sharks securing a 15-9 Super Rugby victory at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday

  • Football

    A Klose call

    Miroslav Klose scored goals in the World Cup final tournaments of 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. Has anyone else scored World Cup goals 12 years apart?

  • Formula 1

    F1 cost cutting: Not putting money where the mouth is

    Mudslinging and an agreement on something that will never happen, it's all in a day's work for a Formula One boss, as Maurice Hamilton explains...

  • Formula One

    Tough at the top

    Who has driven in the most GPs before taking pole position?

  • Rugby

    Unsavoury sledging did not end with Potgieter

    Fallout continues from the NSW-Brumbies derby, with one Tahs forward - not Potgieter - surprised by other unsavoury comments during the game, Greg Growden reports

  • Rugby

    Super Rugby preview, team news, line-ups: Round 7

    Greg Growden previews Super Rugby round 7. We've also got key stats, team news and all the line-ups to inform your ESPN Footytips Super Rugby picks

  • News
  • Features

Sponsored Links

Make Huge Income from your Home
Download your Free Guide And Learn How To Increase Your Monthly Income