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Paulse on 1999 wonder-try against All Blacks: If there were TMOs, it wouldn't have been given

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Springbok wing Breyton Paulse on his way to scoring against the All Blacks in the 1999 Rugby World Cup.
Springbok wing Breyton Paulse on his way to scoring against the All Blacks in the 1999 Rugby World Cup.
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The 1999 Rugby World Cup third-place playoff against New Zealand at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff was Breyton Paulse's second Test against the All Blacks, and it was where his career properly took off.

Having eased into his career with two relatively easy games against Italy in June 1999, the All Blacks gave him and a number of teammates a dose of reality of what was to come in later years.

Paulse, though, was one of the rare players who had a better individual win record (5/13 – 38.5 percent) over the All Blacks as compared to the dismal post-1992 record of 16 wins in 62 matches (25.81 percent).

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