Blasts from the past: War clouds rain on Boks’ parade

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Blasts from the past: War clouds rain on Boks’ parade

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Today in SA sports history: September 10
1938 — With the series already wrapped up, the Springboks lose the third and final Test against Britain as they go down 16-21 at Newlands. The visitors won the try count 4-3. With World War 2 a year away, this was the last time the Boks played a Test until 1949. That meant a few greats in the team never had full international careers, such as 28-year-old hooker Jan Lotz, one of the try scorers that day, as well as winger DO Williams, 25, and scrumhalf Danie Craven, 27. Prop Boy Louw, another legend, was already 32.
1960 — Police sergeant Daan Bekker fights for the Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medal at the Rome Games, but his dreams of making history end early when he is stopped in the first round by Italy’s Francesco de Piccoli. Bekker, the reigning Commonwealth Games champion, had at least upgraded from the Olympic bronze he took in Melbourne four years earlier. “Buller” Meyers finished with a featherweight bronze to give SA two boxing medals. That’s the last time SA boxers have won Olympic silverware, with not a single fighter winning more than one bout at a Games since.
1993 — Brett Schultz finishes with nine wickets in the match as SA hammer Sri Lanka by an innings and 208 runs in the second test in Colombo. With the other matches ending in draws, that victory would give the visitors, touring Sri Lanka for the first time, a 1-0 series victory. Schultz took 5/48 in the first innings and 4/58 in the second.

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