Blast from the past: All Blacks blow Boks away at Loftus


Blast from the past: All Blacks blow Boks away at Loftus

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: July 19

1908 —  Charles Hefferon is the first South African to finish fourth at an Olympics, an unfortunate result that has afflicted the nation at every Games it has competed at up until and including Rio 2016. Hefferon missed the podium in the five mile (8km) event by less than seven seconds, failing to hold on after taking the lead with two laps to go. But he had the consolation of winning a marathon medal five days later.

1997 — A last-gasp penalty attempt by flyhalf Jannie de Beer bounces off the crossbar to give the All Blacks a 35-32 Tri-Nations victory at Ellis Park. The visitors won the try count 4-2, with centre Frank Bunce scoring two. SA fullback Russell Bennett and hooker Naka Drotske dotted down for SA, with De Beer keeping the hosts in the game with two conversions, four penalties and two drops — until his final shy...

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