Blasts from the past: Morne leads 13 of 15 wins

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Blasts from the past: Morne leads 13 of 15 wins

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Today in SA sports history: November 8

1980 — Morne du Plessis leads the Springboks for the last time as they trounce France 37-15 in a one-off Test at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. Du Plessis, who made his debut against Australia in 1971, had taken over the captaincy against France in 1975. Under his leadership the Boks won 13 of 15 Tests, including series triumphs against the All Blacks in 1976 and the British Lions in 1980. Mercurial winger Gerrie Germishuys, who scored seven tries in nine Tests that year, was one of SA’s five try-scorers against France, who dotted down only once. Legendary French fullback Sergo Blanco made his international debut that day.

1996 — Mzukisi Sikali wears down Nungdiaw Sakcharuporn before stopping him in the 10th round in Bangkok to lift the WBU junior-flyweight title. The deposed champion was taken to hospital for observation. Sikali was only the second SA boxer to win a world title – albeit a marginal one – in Thailand...

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