Blasts from the past: Ah, those sweet memories of 2002
Today in SA sports history: June 8
1968 — The Springboks score three tries as they beat the British and Irish Lions 25-20 in their opening Test in Pretoria. Captain Dawie de Villiers and locks Frik du Preez and Tiny Naude went over for the hosts, while Willie-John McBride, a future legend, scored the only try for the visitors.
1974 — The Springboks go into the first of four Tests against the British and Irish Lions at Newlands with much optimism, but it ends in a 3-12 defeat. The match is decided solely by kicks. A drop by flyhalf Dawie Snyman is overshadowed by three penalties by flyhalf Phil Bennett and a drop by scrumhalf Gareth Edwards. The Boks had six debutants in the team — centres Peter Whipp and Johan Oosthuizen, flanker Boland Coetzee, lock Kevin de Klerk, right wing Chris Pope and scrumhalf Roy McCallum, the brother of fullback Ian.
1997 — Gerrie Coetzee, South Africa’s WBA heavyweight champion from 1983/84, engages in his final bout, losing by technical knockout against Iran Barkley, a world middleweight titleholder in the late 1980s. Their bout in Hollywood was for the peripheral World Boxing Board’s heavyweight title which has been contested on just 10 occasions from 1996 to 2018, mostly by no-name brands. The most recent champion was Andreas Sidon of Germany, 52 years old when he last wore the belt into the ring.
2002 — Bafana Bafana achieve their first-ever World Cup victory, downing Slovenia 1-0 in their Group B encounter in Daegu, South Korea after Siyabonga Nomvethe’s strike in the fourth minute. After drawing 2-2 with Paraguay in their opening match, South Africa would have everything to play for in their last group game against Spain.
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