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Blasts from the past: Andrews helps thump England


Blasts from the past: Andrews helps thump England

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: November 29

1956 — Daan Bekker secures an Olympic heavyweight boxing medal for SA at the Melbourne Games as he wins his quarterfinal bout by knocking out Argentinian Jose Giorgetti in the first round. Bekker, a policeman, put his opponent through the ropes at one point.  Henry Loubscher, a fitter and turner, also advanced to the light-welterweight semifinals by outpointing American Joseph Shaw, a Golden Gloves champion from St Louis. Both Bekker and Loubscher went on to lose their semifinal bouts, which meant they became automatic bronze medallists. Bekker was beaten by eventual gold medallist Pete Rademacher of the US, who later unsuccessfully challenged Floyd Patterson for the world heavyweight crown in his professional debut. Loubscher also lost to the eventual champion, Vladimir Yengibaryan of the Soviet Union.

1997 — Bobby Skinstad makes his Springbok debut from the bench as SA beat England 29-11 at Twickenham. Lock Mark Andrews, prop Adrian Garvey, centre Andre Snyman and scrumhalf Werner Swanepoel scored tries, with flyhalf Henry Honiball kicking two conversions and a penalty, and fullback Percy Montgomery adding one conversion...

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