Blast from the past: Boks in try fest against Porta’s men


Blast from the past: Boks in try fest against Porta’s men


Today in SA sports history: March 27

1982 — Left wing Carel du Plessis scores a try on his international debut as the Springboks run in eight tries to trounce a South American team 50-18 at Loftus Versfeld in the first test of a two-match series. Du Plessis’s brother Willie, a centre, also scored a try, while Danie Gerber, the other centre, went over for three and right wing Ray Mordt two. The visitors responded with just one try through winger Alejandro Puccio, with flyhalf and captain, the legendary Hugo Porta, adding four penalties and a conversion. A week later the visitors would stun the South Africans in the second test.

1987 — Brian Mitchell defends his WBA junior-lightweight title for the first time with a 15-round draw against Joe Rivera of Puerto Rico in San Juan. Mitchell’s next draw would be in his 12th defence in 1991...

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