More praise for the Proteas


Captains from various sporting codes as well as some ex-players have heaped praise on the South African cricket team following their victory in Perth.


Messages of congratulations poured in for the South African cricket team after their historic six wicket victory over Australia in the first test in Perth on Sunday morning, with a host of sports personalities expressing their jubilation and delight.

Springbok captain John Smit congratulated the Proteas on their historic test win in Perth.

“Well done to Graeme and the boys on a well earned victory. You have done South Africa and yourselves proud. Australia are always formidable opponents and it takes some doing to beat them at home, especially in front of fans who are so passionate and, at times ,unforgiving. Not only is it a test of your sporting ability but also of your mental toughness, patience, temperament and self belief. These are all qualities that shone through in this great win.

“Each and every player did his part to ensure that the Proteas earned a deserved victory. We all know that the Australians will fight back in the next two tests and it is important that the guys maintain the momentum going into the second clash.

“The series is a long way from over but what a fantastic start this win has given us. Good luck in the next two, we know that you are capable of sealing an historic, and long overdue, series win.”

Bafana-Bafana captain Aaron, Mokoena said, “On behalf of Bafana-Bafana we would like to congratulate the Proteas on their wonderful victory in Australia. Graeme showed great leadership even under trying circumstances and we wish them the best of luck throughout the rest of the series.” National women’s captain Cri -Zelda Brits believed their mental toughness influenced this result tremendously.

“I was watching this morning and the guys just seemed to have a different attitude, I’m extremely happy for them. They’re often labelled as chokers but they dug deep and showed some guts, it should be a great confidence booster for the remainder of the series.”

Former spinning prodigy Paul Adams was at a loss for words “There aren’t any words to describe that win. It was an absolutely superb effort by the guys and a great feat for the history books.”

Another spin bowler, Clive Eksteen had this to say: “I’m absolutely ecstatic, it is unbelievable. My whole family got up early this morning and the boys have made us very proud.”

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  1. Just in case anybody cares:

    Results of the 1970 series
    v the OZmob:

    1 – Won by 170 runs
    2 – Won by innings and 129 runs
    (Pollock 274, Richards 140; 622/9 dec)
    3 – Won by 307 runs
    4 – Won by 323 runs

  2. Hoessit Tjops.

    JT – took a look at your club’s site (now that you’re not JT – :boxing: anymore!). Looks cool…especially the Snowrugby gallery! Must say I envy the team & club, would love to have the opportunity to join someday.
    Clubrugby in Nam a mess, mostly due to the fact that the NRU do thier very best to impersonate and exceed the idiocracy of SARU. Giving it a bash again next year after sitting out this year, hope to complete the season without injury and play for the Seccies all the time.

  3. Reply to cab @ 12:07 pm:

    Well, they also have the biggest
    chop – after #46 – in Ponting.

    One OZ headline calls it
    “The Ricky Horror Show” and he is
    also referred to as “Captain Pout.”

    Apart from laying into his players
    by name, he is also blaming the
    Waca pitch.

    Not used to losing, huh?


    One scribe hails Kallis for winning
    the Test – 23 runs off 3 overs at
    the end of Day 4 completely set the
    example and changed the mood in the
    Protea side.

  4. Last time we won on the MCG
    was 1952/53. Jack Cheetham’s
    side won by 6 wkts to draw the
    series 2-2.

    Also shared the 63-64 series 1-1.
    Ah, the days of Barlow, Colin Bland,
    Goddard, Waite and the Pollocks.

    Won the 4th in Adelaide. Barlow 201,
    Pollock 175. Won by 10 wkts.

  5. Reply to Boertjie @ 1:47 pm:

    lol Ponting is a terrible ambassador for the game, buggerall gentlemantliness in his manner, its true blue ozzie, but hard to think of a gritter captain who hates losing more.

    Ponting will blame everyone, fact is they lost.

  6. I only really know about the latest Pollock, the only ever time I saw the older generation was in the Toyota Camry advert. Other names that ring a bell and I’d have liked to see more of are:
    Brian McMillain
    Pat Symcox
    Dave Callaghan (I think he had some sort of cancer)
    Jonty, of course
    more recently
    Lance Klusner
    Justin Kemp

    Glad Niel McKenzie made the cut again too.