Boks vs England – June 2012
Perhaps the worst game of rugby that I have ever attended!
Our hopes were raised for a couple of spectacular events, our Baby Boks started proceedings at Newlands (Cape Town) on Friday night, they beat the Baby Blacks 22-16 to claim the IRB Junior World Cup in an absolutely awesome game of rugby. This after progressing through a difficult group (England, Ireland, Italy) and a tough semi (Argentina.)
Saturday started well enough, (members may recall that I was an invited ‘VIP’ courtesy of Castle Lager, the title sponsor) a gathering at a local sports club, transport to the brewery and a super lunch.
It went quickly downhill from there.
Our tickets were awful, (on the goal line, front row ABOVE the boxes.) If I’d known I would have kept my original ones and binned these.
The VIP area was a well structured tent, adequate, plenty of beer and grub (burgers, beef or chicken!) with inadequate seating and no service or refuse bins!
As I’ve said, the match was awful, our viewing position didn’t help but not a good game, the English were understrength (not their fault) and we should have torn them apart, Hougaard (9) had the worst game I’ve ever seen him play and Morne (10) was worse! Fair enough there was a bit of drizzle and the ball and field were wet but we’re better than that.
The score for those interested 14 – 14
Our transport back to the club was a shambles, it only arrived at 9pm (what they expected us to do for two hours after the match is beyond me) by now it was pouring with rain, the bus was parked a good 500 meters away and we got soaked (no courtesy brollies.)
The bus then dropped us off back at our meeting point without entering the driveway, we got a second soaking making our way to our cars!
The Boks play in GREEN & GOLD, from a distance our group resembled a group of Welsh rugby supporters who had perhaps messed up their tour arrangements or a bunch of Ferrari fans heading for a big screen to watch the Valencia GP qualifying.
Mine stayed in the bag!
All in all a disappointing day, while we were drying off in a local pub and discussing the day’s events we were all in agreement that it was a shambles, then one of my mates suggested that perhaps we’re all a bit too old for this, he’s right, next time I’ll stick to my own arrangements and sell my VIP trip on e-bay!
For the record, the teams for today’s match…
I’ve a question, does anybody know why some England teams have the 3 Lions on their jerseys but the rugby team have the rose?