Blasts from the past: Boks wobble against 1955 Lions
Today in SA sports history: September 3
1910 — SA run in four tries as they hammer Britain 21-5 in the decisive third Test at Newlands. Fullback Percy Allport, halfback Lammetjie Luyt and forwards Koot Reynecke and Gideon Roos dotted down to clinch the three-match series 2-1.
1949 — The Springboks beat the All Blacks 9-3 at Kingsmead in Durban for an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four-match series. Prop Okey Geffin kicked three penalties while New Zealand centre Maurice Goddard scored the only try of the match.
1955 — Willie Toweel challenges Frenchman Robert Cohen for the same world bantamweight crown his brother Vic had held a few years before. But the young Toweel, just 21, gets careless and is dropped three times in the second round at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg. Toweel recovered and fought back, and although he went down again in the 10th round, he boxed well enough to earn a draw over 15 rounds. Toweel didn’t lose, but the title stayed with Cohen and Vic’s younger brother didn’t get another shot again.
1955 — British Lions centre Jeff Butterfield scores the sole try of the game as the visitors beat the Springboks 9-6 in the third Test to take a 2-1 lead with one match remaining. Fullback Roy Dryburgh kicked two penalties for the home side.1995 — Mzukisi Sikali survives a flash knockdown in the third round to beat Argentinian Juan Cordoba over 12 rounds at the Centenary Hall in Port Elizabeth’s New Brighton township. The victory ultimately illustrated how underrated Sikali was as a boxer. Cordoba went on to win a bona fide world title, while Sikali would never do better than lift three peripheral belts.
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