Blasts from the past: Squeaky win over Wales in Wellington
Today in SA sports history: September 11
1999 — The All Africa Games kick off to a chilly start in Johannesburg as a cold snap reduces the air temperature around the Ellis Park sports precinct – including the open-air swimming venue – to finger-numbing levels. Some 6,000 athletes competed in the nine-day showpiece, with hosts SA topping the medals table in the end.
2001 — Zolani Petelo, who had relinquished his IBF straw-weight title, is in New York ahead of his shot against legendary Mexican Ricardo Lopez when the city is rocked by the attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Centre. The bout, due to take place a few days later, is postponed by a fortnight.
2011 — Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez puts replacement winger Francois Hougaard into the gap to score a crucial late try against Wales in their opening World Cup match in Wellington. Fullback Frans Steyn, who had scored SA’s other try early in the match, nailed the conversion from in front of the posts to seal the nail-biting 17-16 winning margin with 15 minutes remaining. The move between Du Preez and Hougaard was almost an exact replica of the try they had contrived for the Bulls in the Super Rugby final against the Stormers in 2010.
2012 — Bernard Parker scores twice — first in the seventh minute and again in the 88th — as Bafana Bafana beat Mozambique 2-0 in a friendly at Mbombela Stadium. Parker scored braces on five occasions for South Africa.