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Blast from the past: De Villiers’s Boks tame Lions

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Blast from the past: De Villiers’s Boks tame Lions

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1951 — Batting with a fractured thumb, captain Dudley Nourse scores 208 in the first Test against England in Nottingham to lay the foundation for an SA cricket triumph that ends the nation’s longest run without a victory, a stretch of 28 matches, dating back to July 1935. SA won the five-day match by 71 runs. 

1968 — The Springboks score three tries as they beat the British and Irish Lions 25-20 in their opening Test in Pretoria. Captain Dawie de Villiers and locks Frik du Preez and Tiny Naude went over for the hosts, while Willie-John McBride, a future legend, scored the only try for the visitors. 

1974 — The Springboks go into the first of four Tests against the British and Irish Lions at Newlands with much optimism, but it ends in a 3-12 defeat. The match is decided solely by kicks. A drop by flyhalf Dawie Snyman is overshadowed by three penalties by flyhalf Phil Bennett and a drop by scrumhalf Gareth Edwards. The Boks had six debutants in the team — centres Peter Whipp and Johan Oosthuizen, flanker Boland Coetzee, lock Kevin de Klerk, right-wing Chris Pope and scrumhalf Roy McCallum, the brother of fullback Ian.  ..

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