Blast from the past: Mandela and Pienaar lift the RWC

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Blast from the past: Mandela and Pienaar lift the RWC

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Today in SA sports history: June 24

1947 — SA cricket captain Alan Melville scores 117 at Lord’s, his fourth consecutive Test century in as many innings, but it’s not enough to prevent the follow-on in the second Test against England. Forced to bat again, Melville was dismissed for eight in the second innings later in the day. England won by 10 wickets the next day, knocking up the 26 runs needed to win in 12.1 overs.

1979 — In a display of total domination, Gerrie Coetzee stops former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks in the first round of their elimination bout in Monte Carlo. The fight lasted two minutes and three seconds, when the referee waved it over as Spinks went down for the third time. South African television audiences, however, didn’t get to watch it live because it took place on a Sunday — SABC screened it just after midnight instead. The win meant Coetzee would meet John Tate, who beat Kallie Knoetze in the other eliminator, for the WBA crown vacated by Muhammad Ali. Spinks briefly held the world title the previous year when he dethroned Ali, before losing it in the rematch several months later...

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