Blast from the past: Many a Benni breakthrough on this day

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Blast from the past: Many a Benni breakthrough on this day

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Today in SA sports history: June 4

1994 – England score two tries as they stun the Springboks 32-15 at Loftus Versfeld in the first of a two-Test series. Flyhalf Rob Andrew and flank Ben Clarke went over for the visitors, while SA were unable to breach the English defence. Fullback Andre Joubert kicked five penalties.

1998 – Thulani “Sugar Boy” Malinga, having lost his WBC super-middleweight crown for the second time, wins the marginal WBF belt when he stops Sweden’s Frederic Alvarez in the 11th round in Copenhagen. Malinga had lost his SA licence earlier in the year after a brain scan worried local authorities. He had no problem getting a licence in Denmark. On the same bill in Denmark, Patrick Quka and Vuyani Nene were beaten by Danes. Quka lost his peripheral WBU bantamweight belt by getting knocked out by Johnny Bredahl in the fifth round, and Nene was outpointed by Jesper Jensen, holder of the less-than-marginal IBC flyweight belt...

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