I don’t often blog about sports as I think many blogs write about the topic enough for everyone. But this is different. This made me proud.
The rugby was fantastic. We played a great game and most of the SA players were on form like never before. Percy’s place kicking was impeccable, Butch’s tactical kicks were top class, Habbana never ceases to amaze and Peterson ran in two tries. Our defense was so good that England couldn’t score a penalty to give them 3 points. That was all great.
But what made me proud was the camaraderie and sportsmanship shared be everyone where I watched the game. There were approximately 300 people at the pub and when our national anthem began all 300 of us instinctively stood up, gripped our chests and belted out the anthem. I was moved, I had goosebumps and a lump in my throat. All people from all walks of life were standing united against England and hell, against anyone who challenged us.
I must say that I haven’t felt that sense of proud in a long time for a sporting event, since the ’95 world cup win in fact.
Then what made things even better was Robinson leaving the field. Not because he left the field, but because everyone in the pub clapped him off. That is supreme sportsmanship. I have even heard reports of SA fans in the stadium standing and clapping him off the field. He had a fantastic game and it is thanks to his performance that SA didn’t pummel England by 60.
Some are heralding this Springbok team as the best we have seen in many a moon. I agree and will proudly proclaim that I believe we will win this world cup. I might be wrong, but I am standing by the Bokke!
Let me know if you had a similar or vastly different experience where you watched the game.
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The Proteas took out yet another team in the T20 world cup. It seems as though SA is on a sporting roll. Destroying any opposition in any sport, anywhere in the world.
The Proteas took out Bangladesh by 7 wickets in a dazzling display of cricketing prowess. Pollock took 3 wickets in 3.3 overs at a cost of only 40 runs. Great statistics. While the SA batting line-up proved formidable as the runs were evenly distributed amongst the first five batsmen. Graeme Smith finally put on a good show as an opener with a knock of 41.
Today SA Takes on England as the battle of the hemispheres continues. I will blog about the outcome of that game tomorrow!
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