Blast from the past: Prop Le Roux’s Bok career bites the dust
Today in SA sports history: July 23
1960 — The All Blacks win the second Test at Newlands 11-3 to draw level in the four-match series. Colin Meads, playing at eighthman, scored the only try for the visitors, with fullback Don Clarke adding the conversion, a penalty and a drop. Flyhalf Keith Oxlee scored SA’s only points, a try in the first half.
1994 — New Zealand win the second Test at Athletic Park in Wellington 13-9 to take an unassailable lead in the three-match series. But the match was remembered for Springbok prop Johan le Roux biting the ear of New Zealand skipper Sean Fitzpatrick during a ruck, to the point that it dripped with blood — and this was three years before Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear. Le Roux said he had lost control after being shoulder-charged and then pinned down by Fitzpatrick. Le Roux was banned for 19 months. As for the actual match, eighthman Zinzan Brooke and wing John Timu scored tries for the home side, with fullback Shane Howarth adding a penalty. For the visitors, fullback Theo van Rensburg slotted three penalties...
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