Blasts from the past: Jenkins kicks Wales to first SA beating

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Blasts from the past: Jenkins kicks Wales to first SA beating

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Today in SA sports history: June 26

1937 — The beginning of something special. The Springboks play their first of five Tests of their tour of Australia and New Zealand. They kick off in Sydney in their first-ever away match against the Wallabies, and they narrowly beat the home side 9-5, with tries by flanker Ebbo Bastard and lock Ferdie Bergh. Fullback Gerry Brand added a penalty. Australian captain Cyril Towers scored all his team’s points, converting his own try.

1965 — The Springboks lose narrowly to Australia in Brisbane, going down 8-12 to lose the two-match series 2-0 and extend their losing streak to five matches. The visitors even won the try count 2-0, with legendary centre John Gainsford and winger Trix Truter dotting down. But four penalties by Australia give them the win...

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