Blasts from the past: Gysie Pienaar bursts out on debut


Blasts from the past: Gysie Pienaar bursts out on debut

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: May 3
1971 — Boxer Arnold Taylor wins the first of five fights in Melbourne, beating Willie Cordova on points, to get his erratic career back on track. His four-month stint in Australia, during which he rejected the idea of emigrating, helped set him up for his famous world title shot in 1973.
1980 — Gysie Pienaar makes his Springbok debut, coming on as a replacement for fullback Pierre Edwards in the second Test against South America in Durban. The home side won the match 18-9, with captain Morne du Plessis scoring the only try of the game and Naas Botha adding the conversion, three drop goals and a penalty. Pienaar would go on to play a starring role for the Springboks in the series against the British and Irish Lions later in the year.

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