Lahore: South Africa's cricketers are hoping a Springboks success in Saturday's rugby World Cup final will inspire them to end their own cycle of failure when it comes to chasing down a world title.
The Springboks, world champions in 1995, will be eyeing their second Webb Ellis trophy when they tackle England in Saturday's final in Paris.
In stark contrast, the Proteas have never got beyond the semi-finals of the cricket World Cup in five attempts.
"We have been following the rugby World Cup closely and a win in the final would be inspiring," said Proteas skipper Graeme Smith.
South Africa fell at the semi-final stages of cricket's World Cup in their debut year of 1992 as well as 1999 and 2007.
They were ousted in the quarter-finals in 1996 and were first-round losers on home territory in 2003 where they were branded as 'chokers.'
Smith has recently led his team to success of their own by beating Pakistan 1-0 in the two-Test series here - their first success in the subcontinent since 2000.
They lead the five-match one-day series 1-0 and hope to double it in the second match on Saturday before heading to their hotel to watch the rugby World Cup final.
However, the rest of the tour is in doubt following the deadly blasts in Karachi late Thursday which killed 130 people at a homecoming parade for former premier Benazir Bhutto.
"South African sports is dear to everyone and a lot of us have close relationships with the rugby guys and it's fantastic for our country to have done so well in the rugby World Cup," said Smith whose team shared the same hotel in Johannesburg before the Springboks left for France.
"Hopefully, we can win on Saturday and then support them to bring the trophy to our country."
Proteas media manager Michael Owen-Smith said players have been excited about the rugby team's performance.
"Players have been watching matches with keen interest. The start time is midnight in Pakistan but all of them will watch the final on television," said Owen-Smith.
Two of the South African tourists - AB de Villiers and Herschelle Gibbs - played rugby at school level.
"If they play to their strengths and play clever rugby then they will win," said de Villiers who as fly-half played alongside current Boks Ruan Piennar and Bismarck Du Plessis.
Gibbs, who was also a fly-high and played in the same team as Springboks full-back Percy Montgomery, is confident South Africa can match England.
"If South Africa can match England among the forwards, they have got the speed and talent to lift the Cup," said the opener.
In contrast to South Africa's enthusiasm, few of the Pakistan players are aware of the rugby World Cup final taking place.
Rugby has only taken root here in the last two years ago while Pakistan's national team has only competed at Asian level.