Blasts from the past: All-time greatest Boks set the bar high

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Blasts from the past: All-time greatest Boks set the bar high

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Today in SA sports history: September 25
1937 — Centre Louis Brabow scored two tries as the Springboks ripped through the Kiwis 17-6 to win the deciding third Test at Eden Park in Auckland to achieve what has turned out to be their only series victory in New Zealand. SA scored five tries in all, with wingers Freddy Turner and DO Williams and eighthman Ferdie Bergh also dotting down. Fullback Gerry Brand managed one conversion. New Zealand replied with two penalties by flyhalf David Trevathan. The hosts won the first Test with the visitors taking the second. SA had lost all four subsequent tours to New Zealand. Back then, that was only the third series between these teams, and the previous two – in New Zealand in 1921 and in SA in 1928 – were drawn.
1981 — Just 30 spectators watch the Springboks thump the US national team 38-7 at the Owl Creek Polo field in Glenville. The visitors scored eight tries in all, with right wing Ray Mordt bagging a hat-trick and Gerrie Germishuys on the left dotting down twice. That was the last time the Boks played a match outside SA for 11 years.
1999 — Lehlohonolo Ledwaba stops Colombian Edison Diaz in the fifth round in Temecula, California, as he defends his IBF junior-featherweight title for the first time.
2000 — Frantz Kruger wins Olympic bronze in the men’s discus as he throws a 68.19m SA record at the Sydney Games. He threw the distance on his third attempt, but even the 68.06m he managed on his fourth go would have got him to the podium. Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania won with 69.30m ahead of German Lars Riedel on 68.50m.

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