Blast from the past: ‘Wooden spoonists’ give Boks a hiding


Blast from the past: ‘Wooden spoonists’ give Boks a hiding


Today in SA sports history: June 3

1972 — Five Nations wooden spoonists England take on the Springboks in a one-off Test at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. They were expected to be easy meat, but they stunned the home team as they ran out 18-9 winners, with winger Alan Morley scoring the only try of the match. Fullback Sam Doble converted and added four penalties, while South African flyhalf Dawie Snyman responded with three penalties.

1995 — The Springboks beat Canada 20-0 in their third and final World Cup group match in Port Elizabeth, but it is overshadowed by a massive fight that sees the game dubbed the Battle of Boet Erasmus. Bok hooker James Dalton is red-carded along with two Canadian players, captain Gareth Rees and prop Rod Snow. Left wing Pieter Hendricks is later cited and he and Dalton are thrown out the team for the rest of the tournament, opening the way for Chester Williams to return to the South African side. The night match was also delayed because of a power failure. Playing for Canada was South Africa-born Christian Stewart, who would subsequently play for the Springboks...

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