The Otago Daily Times counts down the 150 greatest
moments in Otago sport.
No 58: The 'Bok Beaters (1994)
Otago captain David Latta (right) accepts the springbok
head from South Africa captain Tiaan Strauss at the
after-match function under Carisbrook's Rose Stand. Photo
from ODT archives.
The Springbok head, given to the first provincial team to
beat the touring South Africans, had long been a prized
Canterbury won it in 1921, Waikato in 1956 and Wellington in
Otago had beaten the Lions four times but victory over the
Springboks had eluded it - until July 27, 1994.
Two days of continual rain had caused flooding throughout
Otago and there were pools of water over Carisbrook as 22,000
fans braved the wet.
Otago made the worst possible start when halfback Joost van
der Westhuizen charged down Stephen Bachop's clearance from
the kick-off and scored in the Rose Stand corner.
But Otago struck back when Stu Forster darted from a tap
penalty, Bachop carried on and John Leslie, running on an
angle, wrong-footed the defence to score under the posts.
Goal-kicking proved crucial.
Jeff Wilson kicked five out of six for Otago but Andre
Joubert and Hennie le Roux just one out of six for South
Africa as the home side won 19-12.
Otago captain David Latta played one of his greatest games as
he and his team-mates outplayed the much bigger Springbok
Because of the appalling weather, the traditional handing
over of the Springbok head, by captain Tiaan Strauss to
Latta, did not take place in front of the main stand but at
the after-match function under the Rose Stand.