Blast from the past: Rollercoaster ride for SA sport on this day

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Blast from the past: Rollercoaster ride for SA sport on this day

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Today in SA sports history: June 17

1979 — Double world champion Kork Ballington wins the 350cc race at the Yugoslavian motorcycle Grand Prix at Rijika for his third victory in the class of the season. But he ends fourth in the 250cc event where Italian Graziano Rossi claims his maiden GP triumph. Rossi went on to score only two more GP wins in his career, but his son Valentino became a nine-time world champion.

1995 — The Springboks take on France in the World Cup semifinal at a sodden Kings Park in Durban. The match is delayed as workers try to dry the field. Flank Ruben Kruger scores the only try of the match as the home team scrape home 19-15 with the French pressing on their line in the final minutes. Now for the final against the seemingly unbeatable All Blacks, who had swept all before them, partly with the help of the unstoppable winger, Jonah Lomu...

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