Blasts from the past: What joy as SA finally beat the British

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Blasts from the past: What joy as SA finally beat the British

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Today in SA sports history: September 5
1896 — After six consecutive defeats, SA’s rugby team achieve their first-ever victory as they beat Britain 5-0 in the fourth and final Test in front of 3,500 fans at Newlands. Halfback Alf Larard scored the only try of the match, which was converted by centre Tommy Hepburn. The Springboks would not lose a series to a composite British side until 1974.
2015 — Kirsty McCann and Ursula Grobler become the first women to win a rowing world championship medal for SA, taking bronze in the lightweight women’s double sculls in Aiguebelette, France. Fourth by less than a second the previous year, McCann and Grobler were the only SA boat to reach the podium in 2015. The duo, traditionally fast starters, had led through the halfway mark before being overhauled by the crews from New Zealand and Britain. Grobler won a world championship medal in 2010, but representing the US in the non-Olympic lightweight quadruple sculls discipline. She returned to SA in 2013.

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