On this day in 2007, the Vodacom Blue Bulls broke the hearts of Sharks fans by winning the Super 14 rugby competition with a try scored by Bryan Habana at the death.
Both teams had a remarkable run in the competition, with the Sharks finishing first and the Bulls second on the log. The Bulls stole that second spot from the Crusaders when they beat the Reds by a record 89 points in their final round-robin game.
Both teams beat their more-fancied New Zealand opponents at home in the semi-finals – with the Sharks outscoring the Auckland Blues by three tries to two for a 34-18 win, and the Bulls the Canterbury Crusaders 27-12 in a tryless match.
The final, played at Kingspark in Durban, was full of firsts. It was the first final held in South Africa, it was the first all-South Africa final, meaning that the team that won would not only be crowned first-time winners, but also become the first South African team to win the Super Rugby title.
The match itself was close, with the Sharks going into half-time with a slender 14-10 lead. A try by Albert van den Bergh in the 77th minute put the Sharks into a 19-13 lead, which many felt was the final nail in the Bulls coffin.
But a never-say-die attitude from the boys in Blue created space for Habana to slip through a gap in the Sharks defence and score five meters from the uprights in the 82nd minute, to take the score to 19-18.
Bulls flyhalf Derick Hougaard was never going to miss the conversion from that position, and the Bulls sneaked through for a hard-fought one point victory: 20-19.
The Bulls went on to win the Super Rugby trophy another two times, beating the Waikato Chiefs from New Zealand in 2009 and the Stormers in 2010.
They are still the only South African team to have won the Super Rugby championship.
Watch Bryan Habana score that winning try.
Other events on this day:
1977 – Kenyan president Jomo Kenyatta bans big-game hunting in the east African country in an effort to conserve wildlife.
1977 – South African prime minister John Vorster meets United States vice-president Walter Mondale for two days of high-level talks in Vienna, Austria.
1930 – White women in South Africa are enfranchised.
1849 – Around 5 000 people assemble at the Grand Parade in Cape Town to protest British colonial minister Lord Grey’s decision to use South Africa as a penal colony, which results in an anti-convict movement being founded. A year later, with the help of millionaire Charles Bowery Adderley, the motion is beaten and Adderley is honoured by having the main street in the city centre named after him.