Port Elizabeth gets to host the 7s piss up

Port Elizabeth's only rugby fan is already staking Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in order to find the best vantage point from which to watch the action.

In a bit of an upset, SARU announced that Port Elizabeth would be hosting the South African annual 7s rugby tournament. Although the tournament was previously held in George, there was wide speculation that Cape Town were the front runners.

In related news, shares of South African Breweries and Namibian Breweries tanked on the relevation that a combined drinking force of UCT and Stellenbosch students would not be assaulting the beverage stands at Green Point.

As Cape Town locals, the team from Big Daddy Rugby were hoping for a successful Cape Town bid, in order not only to spend all that hard earned pocket money, but also in the hopes of finding one more reason for getting inebriated and hurling abuse at other Cape Townians who choose to support the Kiwis.

We may very well have to find non-rugby reasons to stumble blindly drunk around Green Point stadium come 7’s season. Perhaps we can catch the Pirates-Chiefs derby at Rafiki’s. But we ain’t trekking to P.E. for a 7s tournament.  Why?  Too quiet!

The purists will argue that it is good for the game for 7s to move to Nelson Mandela Bay, and they are right.  It will be good to see rugby grow in an area where there has been a strong player base, if not a strong supporter base.  I can’t help but think that the alcohol breweries have missed a trick here.  They shouldn’t have let WP rugby do the bid, they should have just marched right into SARU, showed them Big Daddy Rugby’s alchohol tab from the 2007 World Cup, and the minister of finance would have intervened to ensure Cape Town got the bid.

Well, I guess it’s time for Big Daddy Rugby to put away the pirate costumes, beer hats and inflammatory signboards that were all bought prematurely. We’ll have to save that for the netball season.

Growth of the game aside, there is one other advantage for Cape Townians in losing the 7s bid – we won’t have to put up with the pseudo-Kiwis waving All Black flags at Green Point.

Smokey the Bowler

2 Comments

  1. It always amazes me that certain “fans” can be diehard WP supporters..scream for the Stormers when they are winning against overseas and local oppposition but are cackling like demented witches when the Stormers find themselves down against Kiwi or Aussie Super 15 teams?

    They then bring out the AB jersey and or Aussie or Kiwi flag when playing against the Boks.

    It dosent matter if Gio; JP or Juan (dont whisper the “ricky” word) are all playing …its immaterial if these guys even when to school with you.

    Surely its time to get the chips off your shoulder?

  2. Completely agree with you. I remember sitting at Newlands last season when the Stormers played the Crusaders when there were a bunch of “Kiwis” who looked suspiciously like they had never been to New Zealand in front of me who had a lot to say about the superiority of NZ. Dan Carter walks on water etc.

    That was the game that the Stormers and Jacque Fourie absolutely shredded the Crusaders, they put 50 on them I think.

    Those fans in red were pretty quiet during the second half. A sweet, sweet Newlands memory.

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