The 1995 World Cup is full of iconic moments; Lomu’s four-try romp against England, Chester Williams’ starring role for South Africa and Nelson Mandela’s famous arrival on the Newlands’ turn in Francois Pienaar’s No. 6 jersey before the final.
Among the highlights that defined the tournament, you will seldom find the moment a clutch of elderly women took to the sodden turf of Durban’s Kings Park to save South Africa from an ignominious exit.
The Boks were due to face France in the semi-finals when a biblical downpour delayed the start of the game.
Conditions were so appalling they considered cancelling the match, which would have seen France go through on account of their better disciplinary record in the tournament.
With referee Derek Bevan erring towards a cancellation, fearing what might happen should a scrum collapse in one of the deeper pools of water, the women were dispatched, brooms in hand, to sweep the worst of the flood over the touchlines.
The game was allowed to start in possibly the worst conditions a game in the modern era has ever been played.
Ruben Kruger scored the game’s only try while Joel Stransky and Thierry Lacroix traded penalties to leave the game in the balance at 19-15 in the dying moments.
When Abdelatif Benazzi poured through on an up-and-under five metres out from the South African line, he slid over on the wet turf and looked for all the world as though he had scored the try to break 43 million South African hearts.
But Bevan decided he had been held up, and there was no time left for another assault. The weather, the referee and a few ladies and their trusty brooms had sealed South Africa's place in the World Cup final.