But apart from congratulating the Cheetahs on a now, 4-match streak equalling their best ever Super Rugby winning streak, I don’t really have much to say about Super Rugby games this week.
There is something I want to vent though, and that is my feeling on some folks in this country fascination with the so-called Cape Crusaders – and the message is simple; “Get over yourself, your so-called Proudly South African attitude and your hypocrisy!”
For those who are currently cringing, don’t worry, I have no doubt I am about to piss a number of people off today, including friends and even family – but I am just sick and tired of the hypocrisy I am reading every single bloody year on all new media formats.
Really folks, who gives a shit what team any individual supports, and why should anyone support the team you support when they visit your home ground? Is there some unwritten rule that you deserve more respect from supporters of the opposition team when they visit your home ground I am yet to read about? Are supporters from other teams also only allowed out to games on their own team’s home ground even if they are hundreds, if not thousands of miles away from it?
Here is the clincher though – has anyone actually tried to strike up a conversation with these so-called Cape Crusaders? I have, most of it turned out to be great rugby banter and (wait for it) rugby insight! Yes I did also come across the assholes too but no more when I visited Loftus for many years while staying in Pretoria as a WP supporter. Assholes you get everywhere, for every team, ignore them, write them off as a joke and move on.
I grew up in a small Eastern Transvaal town called Ermelo until I was 13 years old, I had no right to be a Western Province supporter, but I was (still is), and a massive one at that. I remember crying my eyes out when we lost the final in 1987 by a single point against our arch-enemies, Northern Transvaal. And that as an 11-year old laaitie.
But back to the hypocrisy which is what really pisses me off.
So they support a New Zealand team which makes them un-Proudly South African. Ninja, spare me please.
You want un-Proudly South African create yourself a social media account on Twitter, or just spend some time on blogs or News24 and read the comments from your fellow South Africans. Then give me 10 cents (we still get those coins) for every un-Proudly South African comment you get daily and I will retire in 3 months a billionaire.
Better yet, take note of your fellow South Africans who supports ANY team that plays against the Southern Kings and spin me that line about Proudly South African again please.
Yes this is a gross generalization of the South African rugby public and if you feel offended and pissed off at my comments above, this is aimed at you – if you don’t, then you are probably as sick and tired as I am of this bloody hypocrisy.
Time to end this off. I love my country, I spent years outside its borders and missed it enough to want to come back to no job, no house, and only 4 suitcases and I did. I love my team(s), WP and the Springboks, enough for me to cry when they lift a World Cup but also criticise them badly when they are up to shit. Most of all, I love rugby, and respect the game itself more than any badge, flag, jersey, administrator, hypocrite or asshole with an agenda.
What is clear to me is that I am not Proudly South African – and given its context or meaning as I see it, thank god for that.