1998 Ireland rugby union tour of South Africa
ManagerDonal Lenihan
Coach(es)Warren Gatland
Tour captain(s)Paddy Johns
Top test point scorer(s)Stefan Terblanche (20)
Top test try scorer(s)Stefan Terblanche (4)
Summary
P W D L
Total
07 02 00 05
Test match
02 00 00 02
Opponent
P W D L
 South Africa
2 0 0 2
Tour chronology
Previous tourAustralia 1994
Next tourAustralia 1999

[[Category:1998 rugby union tours|Ireland]]

The 1998 Ireland rugby union tour of South Africa was the team's third tour, having previously visited in 1961 and 1981. Both Paul Wallace and Keith Wood had previously been on a tour to South Africa with the British and Irish Lions in 1997. Cape Town-born Dion O'Cuinneagain, had captained South Africa at both schoolboy and sevens level, before he switched allegiances. He made his senior international debut for Ireland in the 37–13 defeat against South Africa on 13 June 1998.[1] Justin Fitzpatrick and Trevor Brennan also made their senior international debuts in the same game. A fourth debutant, Justin Bishop, scored a try while Eric Elwood added a conversion and two penalties.[2] South Africa won the series 2-0, but unfortunately the series was marred by violence and ill-will between the two teams.[3]

Non-International Matches

Scores and results list Ireland's points tally first.
Opposing Team For Against Date Venue
Boland Cavaliers 48 35 30 May 1998 Boland Stadium, Wellington, Western Cape[4]
SWD Eagles 20 27 3 June 1998 Outeniqua Park, George, Western Cape[4]
Western Province 6 12 6 June 1998 Newlands, Cape Town[4]
Griquas 13 52 9 June 1998 Eclectic CG[4]
Leopards 26 18 16 June 1998 Olën Park, Potchefstroom, North West[4]

Test matches

First Test

Many predicted South Africa, who were wearing white jerseys due to the colour clash with Ireland's green jumper, to win their first test match of the season comfortably. While they eventually did so, the visitors competed admirably in the first half, trailing by only three points at half time, 13−10. The Springboks, who looked rusty in the first half, finally clicked in the second half and debutant winger Stefan Terblanche scored four tries.[5]

13 June 1998
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  37–13  Ireland
Try: Terblanche 3' c, 51', 56' c, 66'
Andrews 78' c
Con: du Toit (3/5) 3', 56', 78'
Pen: du Toit 29', 40'
Report[6] Try: Bishop 20' c
Con: Elwood (1/1) 20'
Pen: Elwood 7', 54'
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: Ed Morrison (England)
FB 15 Percy Montgomery
RW 14 Stefan Terblanche
OC 13 Andre Snyman
IC 12 Pieter Muller
LW 11 Pieter Rossouw
FH 10 Gaffie du Toit downward-facing red arrow
SH 9 Joost van der Westhuizen
N8 8 Gary Teichmann (c)
BF 7 Andre Venter
OF 6 Rassie Erasmus
RL 5 Mark Andrews
LL 4 Krynauw Otto
TP 3 Adrian Garvey
HK 2 James Dalton
LP 1 Ollie le Roux
Replacements:
FH 16 Franco Smith upward-facing green arrow
WG 17 McNeil Hendricks
HK 18 Werner Swanepoel
LK 19 Andrew Aitken
N8 20 Bobby Skinstad
PR 21 Robbie Kempson
HK 22 Naka Drotske
Coach:
South Africa Nick Mallett
FB 15 Conor O'Shea
RW 14 Justin Bishop
OC 13 Kevin Maggs
IC 12 Mark McCall
LW 11 Denis Hickie
FH 10 Eric Elwood
SH 9 Conor McGuinness
N8 8 Victor Costello
OF 7 Andy Ward
BF 6 Dion O'Cuinneagain
RL 5 Paddy Johns (c)
LL 4 Malcolm O'Kelly
TP 3 Paul Wallace
HK 2 Keith Wood
LP 1 Justin Fitzpatrick
Replacements:
CT 16 Rob Henderson upward-facing green arrow
FL 17 Trevor Brennan upward-facing green arrow
LK 18 Gabriel Fulcher upward-facing green arrow
LK 19 David Humphreys
FL 20 Brian O'Meara
SH 21 Allen Clarke
FH 22 Peter Clohessy
Coach:
New Zealand Warren Gatland

Second Test

The Springboks had to make one change to their line-up for the second test in Pretoria, with Gaffie du Toit unavailable due to a rib injury and replaced by Franco Smith. The Springboks completed a shut-out to seal the series and scored five tries in the process, but the match was a very spiteful one marred by numerous cynical incidents and brawls which eventually resulted in Springbok lock Krynauw Otto getting time in the sin bin.[7]

20 June 1998
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  33–0  Ireland
Try: van der Westhuizen 17'
Erasmus 35' c
Dalton 40' c
Teichmann 66' c
Rossouw 77' c
Con: Montgomery (4/5) 35', 40', 66', 77'
Report[8]
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Attendance: 34,850
Referee: Joël Dumé (France)
FB 15 Percy Montgomery
RW 14 Stefan Terblanche downward-facing red arrow 45'
OC 13 Andre Snyman
IC 12 Pieter Muller
LW 11 Pieter Rossouw
FH 10 Franco Smith
SH 9 Joost van der Westhuizen downward-facing red arrow 75'
N8 8 Gary Teichmann (c)
BF 7 Andre Venter
OF 6 Rassie Erasmus downward-facing red arrow 75'
RL 5 Mark Andrews
LL 4 Krynauw Otto yellow card 58' to 68'
TP 3 Adrian Garvey
HK 2 James Dalton downward-facing red arrow 64'
LP 1 Ollie le Roux downward-facing red arrow 56'
Replacements:
WG 16 McNeil Hendricks upward-facing green arrow 45'
PR 17 Robbie Kempson upward-facing green arrow 56'
HK 18 Naka Drotske upward-facing green arrow 64'
FL 19 Andrew Aitken upward-facing green arrow 75'
SH 20 Werner Swanepoel upward-facing green arrow 75'
FH 21 Henry Honiball
N8 22 Bobby Skinstad
Coach:
South Africa Nick Mallett
FB 15 Conor O'Shea
RW 14 Justin Bishop
OC 13 Kevin Maggs
IC 12 Mark McCall
LW 11 Denis Hickie downward-facing red arrow 38'
FH 10 Eric Elwood downward-facing red arrow 55'
SH 9 Conor McGuinness
N8 8 Victor Costello downward-facing red arrow 55'
OF 7 Andy Ward
BF 6 Dion O'Cuinneagain
RL 5 Paddy Johns (c)
LL 4 Malcolm O'Kelly
TP 3 Paul Wallace
HK 2 Keith Wood
LP 1 Justin Fitzpatrick downward-facing red arrow 63'
Replacements:
FH 16 David Humphreys upward-facing green arrow 55'
CT 17 Rob Henderson upward-facing green arrow 38'
FL 18 Trevor Brennan upward-facing green arrow 55'
PR 19 Peter Clohessy upward-facing green arrow 63'
FL 20 Brian O'Meara
LK 21 Gabriel Fulcher
FH 22 Allen Clarke
Coach:
New Zealand Warren Gatland

Touring party

Backs

Forwards

See also

References

  1. ^ Divided loyalties? Ireland's flanker was born in South Africa
  2. ^ www.irishrugby.ie
  3. ^ Kelly, David (28 November 2009). "Who fears to speak of summer '98". Irish Independent. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Ireland Rugby tours". Irish Rugby. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  5. ^ English, Tom (14 June 1998). "Terblanche runs Ireland ragged". No. 9068. The Sunday Times. p. 14.
  6. ^ "South Africa vs Ireland at Bloemfontein, 13 Jun 1998". ESPN.com.
  7. ^ English, Tom (21 June 1998). "Five tries leave Ireland punch-drunk". No. 9069. The Sunday Times. p. 17.
  8. ^ "South Africa vs Ireland at Pretoria, 20 Jun 1998". ESPN.com.