Blast from the past: Proteas bloom, Sharks drown

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Blast from the past: Proteas bloom, Sharks drown

Today in SA sports history: May 19

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Today in SA sports history: May 19

1999 — Lance Klusener produces the first of several starring roles for the Proteas at the World Cup, helping his team to victory over Sri Lanka in their second match of the tournament in Northampton, England. Klusener came to the crease with SA in trouble on 115/7, but smashed an unbeaten 52 from 45 balls to get his team to 199/9. Klusener played a crucial role with the ball, too, taking 3/21 alongside Jacques Kallis (3/26) and Shaun Pollock (2/10) as Sri Lanka crashed to 110 all out.

2007 — With the Sharks leading the Bulls 19-13 and time all but gone, it seemed as if the hosts in Durban were about to win the first all-South African Super Rugby final. But the Bulls were given two lifelines by new Sharks star Francois Steyn — the first was missing a conversion and the second was not kicking for touch in the dying moments — and attacked before Bryan Habana went over for the all-important try in the 83rd minute that flyhalf Derick Hougaard converted to clinch a one-point victory...

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