Blasts from the past: Masinga is the man for Bafana again
Today in SA sports history: November 9
1968 — France outscore the Springboks three tries to nil in Bordeaux, but the visitors still win the first Test of the two-match series 12-9. Flyhalf Piet Visagie nailed four penalties, three of them in the first half.
2002 — The Springboks suffer their worst defeat to France as they go down 10-30 in Marseille. Eighthman Joe van Niekerk scored SA’s only try in a match where flyhalf Francois Gelez punished the visitors with five penalties. Wings Vincent Clerc and Cedric Heymans scored tries for the home side. The losing margin eclipsed the 13-point deficit SA had endured in 1992.
1996 — Frans Botha is stopped in the 12th round by IBF heavyweight champion Michael Moorer in Las Vegas. On the same bill, SA strawweight champion Morgan Ndumo was stopped in the sixth round by Mexican legend Ricardo Lopez. In the main bout, underdog Evander Holyfield stunned the world by stopping Mike Tyson to take the WBA heavyweight crown.
1996 — Bafana Bafana, crowned African champions early in the year, kick off their 1998 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Zaire at the FNB stadium. Striker Phil Masinga scored the winning goal in the 72nd minute.
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