Blasts from the past: Rose of Soweto wins debut pro bout
Today in SA sports history: June 28
1975 — Springbok captain Morne du Plessis and winger Tossie Fourie score tries to lead the home team to a 33-18 victory over France at Loftus Versfeld to win the two-match series 2-0. Flyhalf Gerald Bosch converted both tries and kicked six penalties, with Fourie adding one three-pointer.
1980 — Left wing Gerrie Germishuys is the hero as the Springboks edge the British and Irish Lions 12-10 in the third Test in Port Elizabeth to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. The Boks were trailing 6-10 with eight minutes remaining at a rain-lashed Boet Erasmus when the Boks won a lineout. The Lions forwards were slow getting back and Germishuys took a quick throw-in, tossing the ball to Theuns Stofberg who drove forward before passing back for him to go over for his third try of the series. Naas Botha landed the conversion from just a few metres in from the touchline to secure the win.
1986 — Dingaan “Rose of Soweto” Thobela, one of South Africa’s top boxers of all time, makes his professional debut, beating Quinton Ryan on points over four rounds at the Eldorado Park stadium.
1997 — The Springboks outscore the British and Irish Lions by three tries to nil, but they still lose the second Test at King’s Park and the three-match series with it. Fullback Neil Jenkins kicked five penalties and centre Jeremy Guscott one drop to secure an unlikely 18-15 triumph. Fullback Andre Joubert, Percy Montgomery, making his debut at centre, and scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen scored the tries, but Henry Honiball, Joubert and Montgomery failed to land a kick at posts between them.
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