Blast from the past: Boks edge All Blacks for World Cup third place
Today in SA sports history: November 4
1952 — SA’s Empire flyweight champion Jake Tuli outpoints former French title-holder Honore Pratesi over 10 rounds at the Royal Albert Hall in London, but his opponent dies 36 hours later. The 31-year-old father-of-one, who had lost a bid for the world crown in 1950, collapsed after the bout and underwent two operations for bleeding on the brain. Pratesi, a medical orderly, died while his wife Colette was still travelling to his bedside. Tuli, just 21 at the time, broke down and wept like a baby when he learnt of Pratesi’s death. Then the religious fighter prayed and asked to see a clergyman. “I am so sorry for his poor wife and family,” Tuli told his manager, Jim Wicks. An inquest into the tragedy returned a verdict of death by misadventure. Tuli fought a month later, stopping Belgian Emile Delplanque in the fourth round in Nottingham, and then donated his purse of 300 guineas to Pratesi’s widow.
1999 — Breyton Paulse scores the only try of the match as the Springboks beat New Zealand 22-18 at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to clinch third spot at the Rugby World Cup. Fullback Percy Montgomery landed two drop goals, while flyhalf Henry Honiball kicked three penalties and the conversion...