Two British Lions Tests against the Springboks at Ellis Park took place on 27 July six years apart, on this day in South African sports history.
Globally 27 July is significant for many reasons among the U.S. space shuttle Discovery completed a five-day mission commanded by Air Force Col. Eileen Collins. It was the first shuttle mission to be commanded by a woman.
On this day in SA Sports history – 27 July
2016 – Mamelodi Sundowns beat Zamalek of Egypt to end on top of their Caf Champions League group. Masandawana would go on to win the competition.
2014 – The Sevens Springboks win gold on a great day for SA at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Colleen Piketh wins Bronze in the women’s singles lawn bowls. Swimmers Devon Brown, Chad le Clos, Sebastien Rousseau and Dylan Bosch earned bronze during the Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay final.
2014 – Golfer Tim Clark won the RBC Canadian Open at the Royal Montreal Golf Club.
2013 – Orlando Pirates beat Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 to win their third successive Carling Black Label Cup at the FNB Stadium.
2012 – Caster Semenya carries the flag at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London.
2011 – Cameron Van Der Burgh claims bronze in the 50-metre breaststroke event at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai.
2009 – Cameron van der Burgh wins bronze in men’s 100m breaststroke final at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome.
2007 – Jake White announces the Springboks Rugby World Cup squad that he would guide to the Webb Ellis trophy.
2002 – Frantz Kruger wins Commonwealth Games Gold in Manchester with a throw of 66.39 metres.
1998 – Mamelodi Sundowns beat Leeds United in their United Bank Soccer Challenge match at the Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria 1-0.
1998 – The Proteas lost the fourth Test against England at Trent Bridge on this day. Mike Atherton’s dogged resistance in the face of Allan Donald’s fire would prove to be a turning point in the series. England went on to win after drawing level in the fourth Test.
1974 – The British Lions and the Springboks played to a 13-13 draw at Ellis Park. The Lions won the series 3-0.
1969 – Proteas legend Jonty Rhodes is born in Pietermaritzburg. Rhodes made his debut at the 1992 World Cup, creating a postcard moment with his full-length dive to run out Inzamam Ul Haq.
1968 – The Springboks beat the British Lions 19-6 at Ellis Park to complete a 3-0 series win over Ronnie Dawson’s side. The Lions won 15 of their 16 non-international matches, losing only to Transvaal but failed to beat the Boks.
1960 – Jan Matsobane “Malombo” Lechaba is born in Pretoria on this day. He spent some time in Portugal turning out for Sport Clube Beira-Mar. He also played for Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns.