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.