Blasts from the past: Kiwis clobber post-isolation Boks
Today in SA sports history: July 9
1949 — Bobby Locke becomes the first South African to win a golf major when he wins the first of his four British Open titles. Playing at Royal St George’s, Locke and Ireland’s Harry Bradshaw ended tied on five-under-par 283 after four rounds. They returned the following day for a 36-hole play-off, but Locke dominated, shooting nine-under-par to beat Bradshaw by 12 strokes.
1992 — South Africa’s fledgling soccer team, two days after beating Cameroon 1-0 in their first official international following years of isolation, get their first taste of defeat as Cameroon win the second friendly 2-1 in Cape Town. The home team scored in the eighth minute, but it was credited as an own goal to Jules-Denis Onana.
1994 — Touring New Zealand for the first time since 1981, the Springboks are beaten 14-22 in the opening Test of the three-match series in Dunedin. Rudolf Straeuli, making his debut for the Boks, scores his team’s only try, with fullback Andre Joubert adding three penalties. All Black legend John Kirwan scores the only other try of the game. Fullback Shane Howarth added the conversion and five penalties for the hosts.
2005 — The Springboks fail to score a try as they go down 12-30 against Australia in Sydney, fullback Percy Montgomery amassing all the points for the visitors with four penalties. Matt Giteau scored two of his team’s five tries.
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