Blasts from the past: 1937 Boks show how to win in Christchurch
Today in SA sports history: September 4
1937 — Flanker Ebbo Bastard and winger Freddy Turner score tries as the Springboks bounce back to beat New Zealand 13-6 in the second Test and level the series at 1-1 with one match to go. Kiwi centre Jack Sullivan scored two unconverted tries in the first half to give his team a 6-0 halftime lead at Lancaster Park in Christchurch. SA fullback Gerry Brand converted both his team’s tries and added a penalty.
1965 — The Springboks end a seven-match losing streak dating back more than a year as they down the All Blacks 19-16 in the third Test at Lancaster Park. Trailing 5-16 at the break, the South Africans hit back to finish with four tries in all, two by legendary centre John Gainsford and another two by wing Gertjie Brynard. That streak — of losses to France, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand — remains SA’s worst.
1976 — The Springboks win the third Test against New Zealand 15-10 to take a crucial 2-1 lead in the four-match series. Western Province centre Johan Oosthuizen scored the Boks’ only try, dotting down on his home pitch at Newlands. Centre Bruce Robertson went over for the visitors, but the difference was the boot of flyhalf Gerald Bosch, landing the conversion and two penalties.
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