This year has been hard on us Bok fans, with most of us simply losing our passion for the team and game we love. There are many reasons for this, from too much rugby, to the biggest one, the performance of our beloved Bok team.
To make it worse, a number of Boks have come out and criticized the squad, the coach, the circus that is SARU, with the most recent, Bakkies Botha, saying the body language shows a team lacking passion. How is it possible for a young man, pulling on the Bok shirt to not be passionate. I grew up playing endless games in the backyard, sometimes even playing against imaginery opposition and kicking that Stransky drop goal to the roar of the imaginary crowd. It gave me massive joy doing this and I dreamed of someday wearing Bok colors. Sadly it wasn’t to be, but you move on and idolize the guys that do have the talent to make it happen.
This season has come to an end no second to soon though, as a Passionate and vocal rugby supporter, I could not wait for the final whistle against Wales. Where has the passion gone to? Where are the young boys idolizing the Boks? They now idolize player from the All Blacks, but you don’t hear players wanting to be the next Victor Matfield or Joost van der Westhuizen. Faf de Klerk grew up idolizing Joost, the question I have, is how many kids now want to be him? I just don’t see it.
The reason for our disgust and disappointment and vitriol, is that these guys represent our hopes and dreams. They live our dream. Come on, surely that is worth more than the discouraging and pathetic performances we see every week?
You guys carry our dreams, you guys represent what we wanted to be. Keep your heads up, carry the bok emblem with pride. Enjoy the off season, knowing that in the new year, you have the opportunity to redeem yourself. Focus on doing the small things better, and maybe once again, we will have kids dreaming of becoming being the next Handre Pollard, or Jamba Ulengo.
My message to the Boks and management is easy. You are losing the young kids. You are losing the future that should be out there dreaming to be boks. You are losing the money, as these kids will not buy merchandise or tickets at the prices we pay now, unless you stop the rot. Take your biggest stakeholder into account and stop killing of our dreams. You get to live a life of envy for many of us, don’t let the future fans lose that envy.