Blast from the past: Boks conquer House of Pain at last

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Blast from the past: Boks conquer House of Pain at last

David Isaacson

Today in SA sports history: June 12

1951 — SA win their first cricket Test to end a winless streak of 28 matches (14 draws and 14 losses) dating back to 1935, beating England by 71 runs at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Skipper Dudley Nourse scored 208 before getting run out in SA’s first innings of 483/9 declared. On the final day England needed 186 to win, but were bowled out for 114, with Athol Rowan taking 5/68 and Tufty Mann 4/24. At the time 28 was the longest winless streak in world cricket, although New Zealand overhauled that a few years later as they hit 44 in 1956, followed by Bangladesh (34) and India (31, from 1981 to 1984).

1971 — The Springboks beat France 22-9 in Bloemfontein in the first of two Tests, scoring two tries to one. The boot of fullback Ian McCallum takes the game away from them, converting the tries by Gert Muller and Joggie Viljoen and adding three penalties. Flyhalf Piet Visagie added a drop...

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