Blasts from the past: Cheers as Wales beat SA
Today in SA sports history: June 22
1968 — The Springboks maintain their 1-0 lead in the four-match series against the British and Irish Lions when they draw the second Test in Port Elizabeth 6-6.Flyhalf Piet Visagie and lock Tiny Naude converted one penalty each for the hosts, while fullback and skipper Tom Kiernan kicked two for the visitors.
1974 — Down 0-1 in the series against the British and Irish Lions, the Springbok selectors bring in seven debutants for the second Test at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. It’s a disaster as the tourists run in five tries, two of them by flyer JJ Williams, to win 28-9. Among the new faces for SA is winger Gerrie Germishuys who, although being dropped for the next Test, would star against the Lions on their next tour to South Africa six years later.
2010 — Bafana Bafana beat France 2-1 at the Free State stadium in Bloemfontein, but still South Africa becomes the first host nation in World Cup history to fail to advance to the knockout stages. With Uruguay beating Mexico 1-0 in the other Group A match, Bafana had needed to beat the French by four goals to get through. And for a while it seemed possible after they were 2-0 up through goals by Bongani Khumalo and Katlego Mphela, and France had been reduced to 10 men when Yoann Gourcuff was red-carded.The French had also gone into the game in disarray after an internal implosion during which Nicholas Anelka was booted out the team. But Florent Malouda, assisted by Frank Ribery, pulled one back for the visitors. After the match France coach Raymond Domenech refused to shake the hand of Bafana counterpart Carlos Alberto Parreira, claiming the Brazilian had said France shouldn’t have qualified for the showpiece in the first place because of Thierry Henry’s controversial handball that led to a winning goal at the expense of Ireland. Parreira denied having said that.
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