Blasts from the past: Samuels scores SA’s first-ever points


Blasts from the past: Samuels scores SA’s first-ever points


Today in SA sports history: August 22

1896 — Wing Theo Samuels becomes the first man to score points for SA in an international rugby match, dotting down twice at the Wanderers ground in Johannesburg in the second Test of the four-match series against Britain. It was SA’s fifth Test overall. Fullback Davie Cope added a conversion. But the eight points were not enough for victory, with the visitors scoring three tries, two conversions and a drop goal (four points) to win 17-8.

1998 — Johannesburg-based Namibian Harry Simon edges Winky Wright to lift the WBO junior-middleweight crown at the Carousel casino, north of Pretoria. The decision was initially announced as a majority draw with two of the three officials’ scorecards ending even. But US judge Julie Lederman realised her card had been added up incorrectly and the decision was changed with two cards in Simon’s favour and one a draw. Wright went on to enjoy an illustrious career, winning more world titles and beating big names Sugar Shane Mosley, Felix Trinidad and Ike Quartey. Simon, who was trained by Brian Mitchell at the time, cut ties with his SA camp and went on to win the WBO middleweight crown. But he enjoyed the good life too much and effectively ended his career in a bad car accident that left three Belgian tourists dead. He was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for culpable homicide...

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