Blasts from the past: Skipper Roo scores but Bafana lose out
Today in SA sports history: June 12
1951 — South Africa end the longest winless streak in their history, of 28 matches (14 draws and 14 losses) dating back to 1935, as they beat England by 71 runs at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Skipper Dudley Nourse scored 208 before getting run out in South Africa’s first innings of 483/9 declared. On the final day England needed 186 to win but were bowled out for 114, with Athol Rowan taking 5/68 and Tufty Mann 4/24. At the time 28 was the longest winless streak in world cricket, although New Zealand overhauled that a few years later when they hit 44 in 1956, followed by Bangladesh (34) and India (31, from 1981 to 1984).
1971 — The Springboks beat France 22-9 in Bloemfontein in the first of two Tests, scoring two tries to one. The boot of fullback Ian McCallum takes the game away from them, converting the tries by Gert Muller and Joggie Viljoen and adding three penalties. Flyhalf Piet Visagie added a drop.
1998 — Bafana Bafana play their first-ever Soccer World Cup match, going up against hosts France at Stade Velodrome in Marseille. But it ends in disaster, with the home side winning 3-0. Substitute Christophe Dugarry scored in the 36th minute, and then Bafana’s French defender Pierre Issa was credited with an own goal in the 77th minute. Forward Thierry Henry put the nail into the coffin in optional time. France would go on to win the World Cup, beating Brazil in the final.
1998 — Corrie Sanders makes the first defence of his marginal WBU heavyweight title, knocking out former world light-heavyweight champion Bobby Czyz in the second round at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut. The American, who had given Evander Holyfield a tough time for five rounds two years earlier, had boasted in the days before that Sanders “with a baseball bat” couldn’t knock him out. He hung up his gloves after that.
2002 — Bafana Bafana exit the World Cup, but only after a brave 2-3 defeat at the hands of Spain in Daejeon, South Korea. A Benni McCarthy strike in the 31st minute cancelled out a Raul goal. Gaizka Mendieta put Spain 2-1 up just before the break, but South Africa skipper Lucas Radebe equalised in the 53rd minute. Raul scored his second goal a few minutes later to clinch victory. Bafana ended with the same number of points and the same goal difference as Paraguay in Group B, but the South Americans advanced because they had scored six goals in total and South Africa five.
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