Blasts from the past: Morne ends epic run on a high note
Today in SA sports history: November 8
1980 — Morne du Plessis leads the Springboks for the last time as they trounce France 37-15 in a one-off Test at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. Du Plessis, who made his debut against Australia in 1971, had taken over the captaincy against France in 1975. Under his leadership the Boks won 13 of 15 Tests, including series triumphs against the All Blacks in 1976 and the British Lions in 1980. Mercurial winger Gerrie Germishuys, who scored seven tries in nine Tests that year, was one of SA’s five try-scorers against France, who dotted down only once. Legendary French fullback Serge Blanco made his international debut that day.
1996 — Mzukisi Sikali wears down Nungdiaw Sakcharuporn before stopping him in the 10th round in Bangkok to lift the WBU junior-flyweight title. The deposed champion was taken to hospital for observation. Sikali was only the second SA boxer to win a world title – albeit a marginal one – in Thailand.
1997 — Centre Dick Muir scores a try on debut as the Springboks hammer Italy 62-31 in Bologna. Flanker Rassie Erasmus and wingers James Small and Pieter Rossouw each scored two tries. SA scored nine tries in all, conceding three.
2003 — The All Blacks score three tries without reply as they knock the Springboks out of the World Cup. Three penalties by flyhalf Derick Hougaard was all SA could manage as they went down 9-29 in Melbourne. It was also the last match captain Corne Krige played for the Boks. Of the 18 matches he was at the helm, SA won seven games.
2008 — Centres Adriaan Jacobs and Jean de Villiers score SA’s two tries to help the Springboks beat Wales 20-15 at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
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