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Blast from the past: Proteas bungle it against Bangladesh


Blast from the past: Proteas bungle it against Bangladesh

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1956 — Winger Roy Dryburgh and flank Daan Retief score tries as the Springboks beat Australia 9-0 in the first of two Tests in Brisbane. Tom van Vollenhoven, playing on the wing, kicked a drop. 

1972 — Frew McMillan and Bob Hewitt win the French Open men’s doubles crown, beating Chile’s Patricio Cornejo and Jaime Fillol 6-3 8-6 3-6 6-1. This was the only triumph for the South African duo at Roland Garros, though they both won mixed doubles titles there. Hewitt was decades later found guilty of sexually abusing underage girls he coached. 

1979 — Kallie Knoetze takes on John Tate in the first of two elimination semifinals to determine the successor to Muhammad Ali, who had retired as WBA heavyweight champion. Gerrie Coetzee and Leon Spinks would fight in the other showdown later in the month. Knoetze, beaten on points by Coetzee in 1976, had become a top contender after knocking out American Duane Bobick in early 1978. He took on unbeaten Tate, a bronze medallist at the 1976 Olympics, at the Independence stadium in Mmabatho, but the American stopped him in the eighth round. ..

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