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Blast from the past: Boks beat Canada in Battle of Boet Erasmus


Blast from the past: Boks beat Canada in Battle of Boet Erasmus

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1972 — England, who had finished the Five Nations without a win, take on the Springboks in a one-off Test at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. They were expected to be easy meat, but they stunned the home team as they ran out 18-9 winners, with winger Alan Morley scoring the only try of the match. Fullback Sam Doble converted and added four penalties, while South African flyhalf Dawie Snyman responded with three penalties. This was the first time the Boks had played a match where tries were worth four points instead of three. 

1995 — The Springboks beat Canada 20-0 in their third and final World Cup group match in Port Elizabeth, but it is overshadowed by a massive fight that sees the game dubbed the Battle of Boet Erasmus. Bok hooker James Dalton is red-carded along with two Canadian players, captain Gareth Rees and prop Rod Snow. Left-wing Pieter Hendricks is later cited and he and Dalton are thrown out the team for the rest of the tournament, opening the way for Chester Williams to return to the South African side. The night match was also delayed because of a power failure. Playing for Canada was SA-born Christian Stewart, who would subsequently play for the Springboks. 

2000 — The US hammer Bafana Bafana 4-0 in a four-nations tournament match in Washington DC, matching their biggest defeat to date. Cobi Jones scored two of the home team’s goals. The SA team was captained by Shaun Bartlett in the absence of Lucas Radebe...

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