What a weekend for South African rugby fans. It’s been a long long time since Saffer Super Rugby franchises played so well against their Antipodean opponents.
In the dark days of my college studies, I can still remember several weekends where the South African franchises all managed to lose against their overseas opposition and the only (relatively) bright moment was a South African win over another South African team. I’d like to go back to my old college self and tell him things will change my friend.
All South African teams playing Aussies and Kiwis won this weekend. Sure the Cheetahs managed to lose to the Bulls, but somebody had to, and in doing so they allowed the boys in blue shirts to stay in the hunt for the playoffs.
As if that wasn’t enough for you rugger loving Saffers out there, the Blitzbokke managed another top performance to win the 7’s in Edinburgh with a come from behind freak three tries in two minutes jail break against Australia.
If you’ve ever worn a green and gold t-shirt and tried to sing the anthemwhile simultaneously shoving biltong and Klippies down your throat, then this was your weekend! I hope you made the most of it. Heck, I hope for your sake you bought extra lottery tickets, placed money on your Superbru and even tried drunk-dialling Danica Patrick hoping for she’d remember that time you cheered for her when watching Indy on the telly.
On the flip side,here is a cautionary note to any girlfriends out there who have rugby loving South African boyfriends. If he was still moody and depressed this weekend, it’s time for a change, because it doesn’t get much better than this for SA rugby fans.
Yes, it’s true that only one SA franchise is likely to make the playoffs this season, but it can’t be discounted just how significant winning in New Zealand is for South African rugby as a whole. This is the stuff that goes into your memory banks and makes you believe you can win matches from behind. Winning is a habit as they say. Even if the Stormers don’t go on to claim the Super 15 title, the fact that the Stormers came from behind to win a match against a quality NZ team at the venue where the world cup final will be played will not be lost on the players themselves.
Just as well us South African fans had a good weekend. We’re still owed plenty from the Rudolf Straeuli era.