Blast from the past: A moment of madness as SA bow out of World Cup
Today in SA sports history: June 17
1979 — Double world champion Kork Ballington wins the 350cc race at the Yugoslavian motorcycle grand prix at Rijika for his third victory in the class of the season. But he ends fourth in the 250cc event, where Italian Graziano Rossi claims his maiden GP triumph. Rossi went on to score only two more GP wins in his career, but his son Valentino became a nine-time world champion.
1995 — The Springboks take on France in the World Cup semifinal at a sodden Kings Park in Durban. The match is delayed as workers try to dry the field. Flank Ruben Kruger scores the only try of the match as the home team scrape home 19-15, with the French pressing on their line in the final minutes. Now for the final against the seemingly unbeatable All Blacks, who had swept all before them, partly with the help of the unstoppable winger, Jonah Lomu.
1999 — One of the darkest days in South African sport as the Proteas are eliminated by Australia from the Cricket World Cup. In their semifinal at Edgbaston in Birmingham, SA captain Hansie Cronje won the toss and put Australia in to bat first, bowling them out for 213. Skipper Steve Waugh (56) and Michael Bevan (65) were the only batsmen to make meaningful contributions. Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs took SA to 43/0 after 10 overs when Waugh brought spinner Shane Warne into the attack — and he struck, dismissing Gibbs in his second over and Kirsten in his third. Apart from Jacques Kallis (53) and Jonty Rhodes (43), the wickets tumbled regularly...
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