Blast from the past: Danie Craven has a Wales of a time


Blast from the past: Danie Craven has a Wales of a time


Today in SA sports history: December 5
1931 — Danie Craven is one of nine debutants as the Springboks down Wales 8-3 in Swansea in the first Test of their tour of Britain. Lock Ferdie Bergh, also making his debut, scored one of SA’s two tries, with eighthman George Daneel getting the other. Flyhalf and captain Bennie Osler added one conversion. It’s SA’s third match against Wales and the first time the Welsh have scored points, courtesy of a try by flanker Sgili Davies.
1981 — Cape Town fighter Bashew Sibaca loses his world title shot as he is knocked out in the fifth round by WBA featherweight king Eusebio Pedroza, one of the division’s greats, in Panama City.
1998 — The Springboks’ record-equalling run of 17 wins in a row comes to an end as they are beaten 7-13 by England at Twickenham. Both sides scored a converted try — through SA winger Pieter Rossouw and England centre Jeremy Guscott — but the difference was the boot of scrumhalf Matt Dawson, who landed two penalties. The record had been held by New Zealand since 1969, but has since been raised to 18 by New Zealand and England.

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