Blast from the past: Boks boot their way to World Cup glory

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Blast from the past: Boks boot their way to World Cup glory

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Today in SA sports history: October 20

1979 — In the biggest boxing fight held in SA, Gerrie Coetzee loses in his first bid for the world heavyweight title that had been vacated by Muhammad Ali. The Boksburg Bomber lost a 15-round unanimous points decision to American John Tate. More than 80,000 fans packed into Loftus Versfeld to watch the showdown between the two undefeated boxers.

1984 — Nick Mallett and Michael du Plessis are among five debutants as the Springboks beat a South American team 32-15 at Loftus Versfeld. SA scored five tries in all, by Mallett and his Western Province teammates Rob Louw and captain Divan Serfontein, Eastern Province centre Danie Gerber and Northern Transvaal fullback Johan Heunis. Flyhalf Errol Tobias kicked two conversions and two penalties, with Gerber landing a conversion...

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