Blast from the past: Boks bounce Black to stop the rot


Blast from the past: Boks bounce Black to stop the rot

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: September 4

1937 — Flanker Ebbo Bastard and winger Freddy Turner score tries as the Springboks bounce back to beat New Zealand 13-6 in the second test and level the series at 1-1 with one test to go. Kiwi centre Jack Sullivan scored two unconverted tries in the first half to give his team a 6-0 halftime lead at Lancaster Park in Christchurch. But SA were inspired after a halftime pep talk by captain Phil Nel, who told them they might as well pack their bags and go home if they lost. Fullback Gerry Brand converted both SA tries and added a penalty. 

1937 — The first boxing world title bout is staged in SA, but it doesn’t feature a South African. Syrian-American Petey Sarron, the world featherweight champion, outpointed former champion Freddie Miller over 12 rounds at the Old Wanderers ground, which gave way to become part of the Johannesburg railway station. Both Sarron and Miller had fought previously in SA and boasted knockout wins over local legends Laurie Stevens and Willie Smith respectively...

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