Blast from the past: grim early days for Brit-bashed Boks

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Blast from the past: grim early days for Brit-bashed Boks

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Today in SA sports history: July 30

1891 — SA field a rugby team for the first time, taking on Great Britain in Port Elizabeth in the opening test of their three-match series. The visitors scored two tries (one point each) and one conversion (two points) to win 4-0. 

1896 — SA take on Britain in the first test of only their second rugby series in history, and fail to score a point as they go down 0-8 (two three-point tries and a conversion) in Port Elizabeth. It’s SA’s fourth test, fourth defeat and the fourth time they failed to score a point...

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