Natal to celebrate famous win

2010-10-22 00:00

IT was 20 years ago this month that Natal (now the Sharks) enjoyed their most famous moment on the rugby field when they downed Northern Transvaal (now the Blue Bulls) to win the Currie Cup for the very first time.

It was an extraordinary triumph over the heavily favoured Blue Bulls, who a fortnight earlier had thumped Natal. In front of a full Loftus Versfeld, the Natalians, coached by Ian McIntosh and led by Craig Jamieson, came away with an 18-12 victory. Adding to the glitter was that the win came in Natal’s centenary season.

The 20th anniversary of this momentous victory will be celebrated on the eve of this year’s Currie Cup final between the Sharks and Western Province at King’s Park next weekend.

All the Natal players who saw action that day, or were involved in the 1990 campaign, along with administrators and back-up staff, will be attending the celebrations.

Two former Wallabies, burly hooker Tom Lawton and flank Dick Cocks, a selector in 1990, will be travelling out to Durban for the occasion.

A banquet will be held at the Sibaya Casino next Thursday night (7.30 pm) at R5 000 per table and R500 per person.

Contact Kim Jackson at 082 378 2264 or kim@sarugbylegends.com.

 

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