Blasts from the past: Triumph of the Du Plessis brothers
Today in sports history: March 27
1982 — Left wing Carel du Plessis scores a try on his international debut as the Springboks run in eight tries to trounce a South American team 50-18 at Loftus Versfeld in the first Test of a two-match series. Du Plessis’s brother Willie, a centre, also scored a try, while Danie Gerber, the other centre, went over for three and right wing Ray Mordt two. The visitors responded with just one try through winger Alejandro Puccio, with flyhalf and captain, the legendary Hugo Porta, adding four penalties and a conversion. A week later the visitors would stun the South Africans in the second Test to draw the series.
1998 — Sugarboy Malinga’s second reign as WBC super-middleweight champion ends as he is outpointed by Englishman Richie Woodhall in Telford, England. Malinga had reclaimed the belt a few months earlier from another Englishman, Robin Reid, having lost it to Vincenzo Nardiello of Italy in a lacklustre performance in 1996. Already in his forties by that time, Malinga would become a world champion one more time, briefly holding the marginal WBF title.
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