Blast from the past: a first for the Boks at Carisbrook’s ‘House of Pain’
Today in SA sports history: July 12
1955 — The SA cricket team score their first Test victory in Manchester, beating England by three wickets in the third Test as they nervously chased a lowly target of 145. The victory, which reduced the home side’s lead in the five-match series to 2-1, was set up by the batsmen in the first innings, with three scoring centuries. Opener Jackie McGlew made an unbeaten 104, with John Waite scoring 113 and Paul Winslow 108.
1980 — The Springboks, 3-0 up in the series against the British and Irish Lions, lose the fourth and final Test 13-17 at Loftus Versfeld. The visitors were worthy victors, outscoring the hosts three tries to one. Centre Willie du Plessis scored SA’s only try, with flyhalf Naas Botha adding one penalty and then being relieved of the kicking duties before fullback Gysie Pienaar added two more penalties. Fullback Andy Irvine, flank John O’Driscoll and prop Clive Williams scored for the Lions, with flyhalf Ollie Campbell kicking one conversion and a penalty...
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