Amid controversy over the Boks not passing by certain areas in Port Elizabeth such as the Northern Areas and certain spots in Uitenhage, the tour was seen by what could’ve been hundreds of thousands. The Bok trophy tour started in Pretoria and Jozi where after they moved to Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth. The final leg of the tour continues today in Cape Town. There were reports of tyres being set alight in the Northern Areas after residents were upset because the tour did not include them after waiting for hours. SA Rugby has apologised on its Facebook page reasoning the high traffic volumes and running way behind schedule. According to my watch they were probably running around 3 hours late, which is unavoidable with congestion and what looked like a logistical nightmare for the team on the ground literally running alongside the 4 or so buses. I also noted that the players were notably burnt out and looked extremely exhausted and they probably cannot wait to finally be with their families and sleep in their own beds after more than two months.
We were on the media bus and had a birds eye view of what was transpiring and it blew my mind how many people came out on a fairly ominous day with 50% chance of rain, to see their heroes. Unbelievable scenes as roads were blocked and thousands upon thousands lining the streets to see the Rugby World Cup winners!
All in all a lovely day and experiencing such euphoria was unbelievable.
Here’s to the 2023 trophy tour!