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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Zinzan Brooke's 1996 drop goal secures the series win in South Africa

A year after his famous drop goal against England in the Semi Final of 1995 World Cup, Zinzan Brooke once again slotted an important kick in South Africa. This time though, it sealed the fate of the Springboks as the 3 points extended the All Blacks’ lead in Pretoria, thus securing the historic series win of 1996.

The win was significant in that it was not only revenge for their loss to the Boks in the previous year’s World Cup, but it was the first time the All Blacks had won a Test series in South Africa. Inspirational leader Sean Fitzpatrick even went as far to say that he rated this series win higher than the 1987 World Cup victory.

The week before the Loftus Versfeld meeting, the All Blacks had beaten the Springboks 23-19, setting up the game in Pretoria to be a classic, with a win for New Zealand resulting in a series victory.

Despite the Springboks scoring an early try, the All Blacks led at halftime by 21-11. Late in the game the score was 30-26 when Zinzan Brooke set up in mid-field and calmly slotted a drop-goal for a 33-26 lead. Despite intense pressure for the rest of the match, the All Black defence held firm and the first series win in South Africa was achieved to the delight of the New Zealand players and the nation.

It was a special moment in the history of rugby, and one that went a long way to cementing Zinzan’s reputation as one of the best number 8’s to ever grace the pitch. He scored 17 test tries, a record for a forward, and slotted three drop goals, making him a giant of the game and a legend both on and off the pitch.

Final Score: 33-26 to New Zealand



  • That cat is a legend, hard as granite and used his brain too! Excellent drop goal, i wonder why teams dont invest in pure drop goal artists...i mean the freaking things cant be defended and are an easy 3 points.

    Frans Steyn is one to watch...i heard from the guys at work he dropped a 60meter bomb, is that true?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 10, 2008 5:18 pm  

  • Steyn has hit a few big kicks.. But he misses them far more often than not..

    Nice to see the confidence from the lad but eventually I hope he puts the confidence in his ability to run it back instead..

    By Anonymous Will, at July 10, 2008 5:26 pm  

  • nice kick. it looks so effortless there

    By Anonymous Harry Oliver O'Neill, at July 10, 2008 5:38 pm  

  • Steyn's got a big boot, there are videos here with one of his 55-60m kicks. It's not that he hasn't got the accuracy, many misses are off by a few meters, closer than other kickers are from half the range.

    Are there any kicking forwards in professional teams(other than Dunning :P)? I ones saw a fijian flanker kick, other than that I don't know any.

    By Anonymous Kewne, at July 10, 2008 6:45 pm  

  • Kewne, I've added a related link to a vid with other forwards slotting drops. Dunning is in there for the fun of it, but the other two are eighth men too actually. Zinzan was brilliant though as he was pretty much the original modern forward. Miles ahead of the rest in his day.

    He also wasn't afraid to back himself try those things back then, which made him so good.

    By Blogger Rugbydump, at July 10, 2008 7:08 pm  

  • Great kick! What I don't get is why the flyhalf didn't take the kick? Usually they are the designated kickers...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 10, 2008 8:36 pm  

  • @RD

    I've seen those, what I wondered was about forwards taking care of place kicks as well. Not just one or two kicks, Collins for example, but all game. As I've been a kicking lock sometimes I'm wondering if there's anyone like me :P

    By Anonymous Kewne, at July 10, 2008 9:29 pm  

  • Holy crap. I didn't realise he did it again...The one against England was just for fun and there was no pressure on him. But this...While it was a heck of a lot closer than the one against England this had quite a lot of pressure on him.

    Wasn't that Andrew Mehrtens in number 17? Marshall went with Zinny instead of him? He's an absolute legend.

    By Anonymous V99, at July 11, 2008 12:04 am  

  • Kewne, John Eales is the man you're after then. Another absolute legend. Pretty much first choice goal kicker for the Wallabies at one stage, which at 2m tall and 115kg's was pretty impressive.

    Kicked a few winning kicks too, most famous one in particular being in 2000/1 I think. Legend. I'll try feature a vid of his famous winning kick at some stage.

    By Blogger Rugbydump, at July 11, 2008 12:39 am  

  • yeah i was gonna mention eales.

    as for zinzan, this wasn't just random. he practiced this stuff and the team/coaches/scrum half all knew he could nail it. not taking anything away from him, it's awesome for a forward to have these skills.

    the guy is a genuinely good kicker. I went to university in coventry and Zinzan used to play for Coventry in national division 1. his technical knowledge is that good that he even used to give the fly-half one-on-one kicking coaching.

    By Anonymous felix, at July 11, 2008 2:31 am  

  • @ anonymous

    there are 2 vids of Steyn dropping 55 m goals in 2 different super14 matches

    and 1 vid of him dropping 2 goals in one SA test vs Aussie in the Tri-nations to win the game (one of the 2 drops from about 50 m)

    By Anonymous Cheis, at July 11, 2008 9:53 am  

  • all thee vids on this site ;)

    By Anonymous Cheis, at July 11, 2008 9:53 am  

  • don't want to rain on anyone's parade but why didn't the fly half take the kick at such an important stage? someone already mentioned mehrtens, a man whose job it was to kick so surely at such a vital point in the game he would have been better placed? still a pretty mint kick!

    By Anonymous Dave, at July 11, 2008 11:35 am  

  • sergio parisse too in heineken cup has put an impressive dropgoal earlier this year...
    awesome from a forward

    By Blogger pav8, at July 11, 2008 4:22 pm  

  • drop kicks are good but only when they do a coule in a game, u dont want to be watching a game where they r just kicking the ball

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 03, 2008 8:29 am  

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