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The day Donald put hakka-dancing Twose in his place.

ALLAN Donald had the last laugh over best pal Roger Twose when South Africa won the rugby union World Cup.

Now Donald is hoping history will repeat itself at Edgbaston on Thursday.

The former Warwickshire team-mates lock horns as South Africa meet New Zealand in cricket's World Cup Super Six.

And the Warwickshire whirlwind will be aiming to kick Twose into touch - just like the Springboks did to the All Blacks in 1995.

Donald in his recently released autobiography 'White Lightning' reveals, "We were playing Yorkshire at home on that June Saturday, and I was desperate for us to wrap up the match before the start of the Rugby Union World Cup final.

"All week I had been having a go about the result at Roger, who was engaged to a New Zealand girl, and was looking to emigrate out there at the end of the season.

"Roger was just as convinced that the All Blacks, the favourites, would beat us, and it all added extra spice to the occasion.

"But first we had to roll over Yorkshire. I'd already broken Martyn Moxon's thumb, then had David Byas taken in the gully, a stinging catch to Dominic Ostler.

"Dougie Brown then got the ball to swing, they lost their last seven wickets for six runs in five overs and we were all sat in front of the dressing room television for the big kick-off at two o'clock.

"Perfect and we beat the All Blacks! This despite Roger Twose doing the hakka in front of me.

"This is the ceremonial dance of the All Blacks, designed to throw down the gauntlet of defiance against the opposition and Roger was never shy of performing it in restaurants or bars when the mood took him.

"This time he really meant it, doing all the actions, grabbing me by the shirt, getting in my face.

"He was wearing just his jock strap - never a pretty sight - and the gist of his message was 'let's see who the real men are.' We found out a couple of hours later.

"Near the end, the winning points came for us when Joel Stransky dropped a goal and I just screamed my head off.

"Roger had tears in his eyes, although he did shake hands at the final whistle.

"What an afternoon! I couldn't believe it when President Mandela walked onto the pitch at the final whistle, wearing Francois Pienaar's shirt. I was overwhelmed."

Donald accepts Twose will pose a big threat to the South Africans at Edgbaston.

He said: "Roger is an underrated cricketer, with a no-frills approach."
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Title Annotation:Cricket
Author:Skidmore, Roger
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jun 6, 1999
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