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Blast from the past: Thobela punches above his weight for third crown

Today in SA sports history: September 1

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Today in SA sports history: September 1

1928 — New Zealand beat the Springboks 13-5 in the fourth Test at Newlands in Cape Town to draw the four-match series 2-2. Centre JC van der Westhuizen scored SA’s only try, with flyhalf Bennie Osler adding the conversion. Forward Tuna Swain scored the visitors’ only try, but centre Mark Nicholls slotted two penalties and a drop, worth four points in those days.

1956 — The Springboks miss a chance to share the series with the All Blacks in New Zealand as they go down 5-11 in the final Test at Eden Park in Auckland. It was one try apiece, with winger Roy Dryburgh going over for SA and the conversion landed by fullback and captain Basie Vivier. For the home side, fullback Don Clarke converted Tiger Hilton-Jones’s try and added two penalties. New Zealand took the series 3-1...

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