Blast from the past: Boks throw down the gauntlet
Today in SA sports history: June 26
1937 — The beginning of something special. The Springboks play the first of five tests of their tour of Australia and New Zealand. They kick off in Sydney in their first away match against the Wallabies, and they narrowly beat the home side 9-5, with tries by flanker Ebbo Bastard and lock Ferdie Bergh. Fullback Gerry Brand added a penalty. Australian captain Cyril Towers scored all his team’s points, converting his own try.
1965 — The Springboks lose narrowly to Australia in Brisbane, going down 8-12 to lose the two-match series 2-0 – their first series defeat to Australia. The loss also extended their losing streak to five matches. The visitors even won the try count 2-0, with legendary centre John Gainsford and winger Trix Truter dotting down. But four penalties by Australia gave them the win...
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