Blasts from the past: Thobela fails to hold onto WBA crown
Today in SA sports history: October 30
1993 — Dingaan Thobela loses the WBA lightweight crown he’d won a few months earlier, being outpointed over 12 rounds by Russian Orzubek Nazarov in his first defence in Johannesburg.
1998 — The Proteas smash Sri Lanka by 92 runs on Duckworth/Lewis in Dhaka to advance to the Champions Trophy final. Jacques Kallis scored an unbeaten 113 as SA posted 240/7 in 39 overs. The Sri Lankan batsmen never got going and were bundled out for 132 in the 24th over, with Steve Elworthy and Pat Symcox taking three wickets each.
1999 — The Springboks’ World Cup campaign ends in heartbreak at Twickenham as they lose a try-less semifinal to Australia 27-21 after extra time. SA flyhalf Jannie de Beer had slotted two penalties in the final minutes of regulation time to draw level 18-18. But two penalties and a drop by the Aussies to a single De Beer penalty earned them a spot in the final.
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