Blasts from the past: Losing streak for 1997 Boks drags on


Blasts from the past: Losing streak for 1997 Boks drags on


This day in SA sports history: July 19
1908 —  Charles Hefferon is the first South African to finish fourth at an Olympics, an unfortunate result that has afflicted the nation at every Games it has competed at up until and including Rio 2016. Hefferon missed the podium in the five miles event by less than seven seconds, failing to hold on after taking the lead with two laps to go. But he had the consolation of winning a marathon medal five days later.
1997 — Fresh from losing the series against the Lions, the Springboks are beaten 32-35 by the All Blacks in a Tri Nations match at Ellis Park. New Zealand centre  Frank Bunce scored two of his team’s four tries, with the Springboks retaliating with only two of their own, through fullback Russell Bennett and hooker Naka Drotske. Flyhalf Jannie de Beer kept the margin tight with two conversions, four penalties and two drops.

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