Today in sports history: May 23 - Morne Steyn kicks Bulls past Crusaders to reach Super Rugby final against Chiefs

Morne Steyn kicked four drop goals in the semi-finals against the Crusaders.
Morne Steyn kicked four drop goals in the semi-finals against the Crusaders. Photo credit: Photosport

Some of the stories of the past that led sporting headlines around the world on May 23.

1950

The Lions were beaten for the second match running during their tour of New Zealand. Their mid-week side lost 11-0 against Southland, four days before the test series began.

2007

Team New Zealand qualifies for the Louis Vuitton Cup final after beating Desafío Español in the semi-finals 5-2. 

The Kiwis would go on to beat Luna Rossa in the next stage of the tournament to reach the America's Cup decider against holder Alinghi. 

Alinghi would retain the 'Auld Mug', beating Team NZ 5-2.

2009

Bulls first-five Morne Steyn sets the record for most drop goals in a Super Rugby match, as his side beats the defending champion Crusaders 36-23 in their semi-final match in Pretoria. 

The Bulls trailed 20-7 midway through the first half before Steyn inspired a remarkable fightback. 

The Bulls would then beat the Chiefs 61-17 in the final a week later, in what remains the highest winning score, and the highest winning margin ever in a Super Rugby final.

2010

Lance Hohaia plays his 150th match for the NZ Warriors, as they beat the South Sydney Rabbitohs 26-24 in Auckland. 

The fullback scored a try in the win, with Jerome Ropato scoring a brace while Brent Tate and Russell Packer also crossed the line. 

2018

The NFL says all players are required to stand if they choose to be on the field for pre-game presentations.

Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick.
Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick. Photo credit: Chiefs

This comes after Colin Kaepernick refuses to stand for the anthem during the 2017 season. 

Birthdays

1956 - Former All Blacks flanker Mark Shaw

1967 - Kiwi sailor Craig Monk

1997 - Kiwi basketballer Sam Timmins

1997 - Liverpool defender Joe Gomez

Newshub 12 months ago… 

SANZAAR confirm Crusaders robbed of winning try against Stormers

SANZAAR has infirmed the Crusaders that the decision to cancel out their potential match-winning try against the Stormers was the wrong call.

Marius Jonker.
Marius Jonker. Photo credit: Photosport

Leading 19-16 with five minutes remaining, Reece seemed to score what would have been the Crusaders' fourth try, when he caught a pass from Braydon Ennor on the halfway line, before chipping and re-gathering to cross in the corner.

Referee Nic Berry awarded the try, but as the conversion was being lined up, he went to South African third match official Marius Jonker, after seeing a replay on the big screen.

Jonker deemed Ennor's pass was forward and the try was disallowed. The Stormers then kicked the game-tying penalty goal after the full-time siren to secure a 19-19 draw.

Today in sports history: May 23 - Morne Steyn kicks Bulls past Crusaders to reach Super Rugby final against Chiefs
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