Blast from the past: Sad week in SA rugby as Burger, Stander die

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Blast from the past: Sad week in SA rugby as Burger, Stander die

Today in SA sports history: August 31

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Today in SA sports history: August 31

1980 — Chris Burger dies about 12 hours after suffering a broken neck in a Currie Cup match between Western Province and Free State in Bloemfontein. Burger, a utility player, was at fullback for WP on the day. He had been caught in possession deep inside his own half and a maul formed. Burger is believed to have suffered the fatal injury when two Free State players charged in and collapsed the maul. After all the players got up, Burger continued to lie there, motionless, but conscious. Just before the start of the match both teams had stood for a minute’s silence to honour Free State prop Rampie Stander, who had collapsed and died after a training session just three days earlier. Free State won the encounter 7-6.

1996 — The Springboks score a consolation win as they beat New Zealand 32-22 at Ellis Park in the final Test, reducing the series deficit to 1-2. Scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen went over for two tries and fullback André Joubert one. The All Blacks also scored three tries, but flyhalf Henry Honiball and Joubert kicked five penalties between them...

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