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!
The fifth and final leg of the Springboks’ RWC Trophy Tour will take place in Cape Town on Monday.
The route plan for Cape Town is as follows (all time approximate):
10h30: Tour starts at City Hall and bus departs along Darling Street
Left onto Adderley Street
Right onto Wale Street
Left onto Long Street
Right onto Buitensingel
Right onto Loop Street
Right onto Strand Street
Left onto Adderley Street
Right onto Hertzog Boulevard onto Nelson Mandela Boulevard
13h00: Second leg via N2 to Langa, Belhar and Elsies River
13h30: Take Bhunga Avenue offramp
Right onto Washington Drive towards Jakes Gerwel and right towards N2
14h30: Depart for Belhar via N2 and R300 onto Stellenbosch Arterial
Right onto Symphony Way into Robert Sobukwe
15h15: Left onto De la Rey Street through Ravensmead
Left onto Francie van Zijl Drive towards Uitsig and Elsies River
Left onto Jakes Gerwel onto the N2 and back to the hotel (arrival approximately 17h00)
The third and fourth legs of the Springboks’ RWC Trophy Tour will take place in East London on Saturday and Port Elizabeth on Sunday, with the final leg scheduled for Cape Town on Monday. The first two legs were in Gauteng and Durban.
The actual bus trips are for filming purposes only and that no media will be allowed on the bus, however, you are free to position yourself along the route for footage.
The route plan for East London on Saturday, 9 November (all times approximate):
09h30: Parade starts at East London City Hall
Proceed along Oxford Street
Left into Park Avenue
Right onto the North West Expressway
Left into Douglas Smith Highway
Right into Windyridge Road
Right into Parkside Road
Right into Greenpoint Road
Left into Dunoon Road
Left onto Mdantsane Access Road
Right onto link road towards Woolwash Road
Left into Woolwash Road
Along Scenery Park Main Road
Left onto Mdantsane Access Road
Right into Masaule Road
Right towards Kakaza
Left into Billie Road
Along Spine Road
Left into Link Road
Right onto Voortrekker Road R102
Into Mayfair Avenue
Into Devereaux Avenue past Vincent Park Shopping Mall
Right into Old Transkei Road
Left into Galway Road
Right into John Bailie Road
Left into Link Road
End at Moore Street
The route plan for Port Elizabeth on Sunday, 10 November (all times approximate):
The mastermind behind the Springboks’ inspirational Rugby World Cup campaign, said it had been a privilege for the team to attempt to give South Africa a moment of hope.
Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby, said after the team’s ultimately crushing, 32-12 victory over England in Japan that the team had been inspired by the opportunity to bring some light and joy into the daily lives of their fellow countrymen
He said it had been the mental shift the team needed after the disappointment of defeat in the opening match against New Zealand – a performance the Springboks turned on its head by becoming the first team to win the title after losing a pool match.
“The first All Black game was a great test run for us in terms of handling pressure,” said Erasmus.
“We were terrible in that week in terms of talking about things and getting tense – it was a terrible build up that told us a lot about how to play the play offs.
“We were quite honest with one another about that. We started to talk a lot about what is pressure.
“In South Africa, pressure is not having a job or if one of your close relatives is murdered. In South Africa there are a lot of problems, which is pressure. We started talking about things like that.
Cobus Reinach’s hat-trick try against Canada at the Rugby World Cup has been nominated as one of the contenders for the International Rugby Players (IRP) Try of the Year 2019 award.
The winner will be announced at the World Rugby Awards in Tokyo on Sunday, 3 November.
The sweeping, length of the field score, featuring four Springboks, is one of four shortlisted tries – three of them scored at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The four tries were selected by the IRP Try of the Year panel of former players in Rugby World Cup winners Fiao’o Faamausili and Bryan Habana along with Jamie Heaslip and Thierry Dusautoir.
Reinach’s try came in the 66-7 demolition of Canada. It was started by Elton Jantjies inside the Springbok 22. The flyhalf produced an inch-perfect kick-pass for winger Warrick Gelant, who evaded DTH van der Merwe, and sprinted into the Canadian half.
Damian de Allende offered support to keep the move going and in turn spun a pass to Reinach, who breezed under the posts to complete his hat-trick with barely 20 minutes of this RWC 2019 Pool B match played.
Also nominated are tries by Charles Ollivon for France against Wales in the quarter-final; Sergio Parisse for Italy in a warm-up match against Russia, and TJ Perenara for New Zealand against Namibia.
International Rugby Players’ representative Conrad Smith, the former All Black and Rugby World Cup winner who chaired the Try of the Year panel, said: “There were some excellent scores this year and our job to pick a shortlist was a difficult one. Continue reading
Fit-again wing Cheslin Kolbe returns to the Springbok team in the only change to the match 23 for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final against England at Yokohama International Stadium (kick off 11h00 SA time).
He regains the right wing berth from stand-in Sbu Nkosi in the only change to the team that eased their way to a 19-16 victory over Wales in Sunday’s semi-final.
Siya Kolisi will lead the team out for the 20th time as he becomes the eighth player in the 23 to have won 50 caps.
Rassie Erasmus, director of rugby, named the now familiar six-two split on the bench to field a settled line-up, 22 of whom will be appearing together for the fourth time in the tournament.
This line-up first played together in the play-off-clinching, 49-3, win over Italy a month ago and was retained for the quarter-final, semi-final and now final. Only Kolbe’s ankle injury interrupted the pattern.
“Chessie is fully fit and ready to go,” said Erasmus.
“It’s tough on Sbu to drop out of the 23 altogether but, like the other seven, non-playing squad members – and the two injured players back home [Trevor Nyakane and Jesse Kriel] – he has made vital contributions to our campaign.
Rassie Erasmus heaped praise on his Springbok players for carrying South Africa to a third Rugby World Cup final in an achingly tense semi-final with Wales in Yokohama on Sunday.
The Springboks were never behind in their 19-16 victory, but resilient Wales refused to be shaken off until a fourth penalty goal from the boot of man of the match, Handre Pollard, with five minutes remaining secured the victory.
There was also a try for Damian de Allende (centre) as the Boks confirmed a remarkable revival for the depths of 2016 and 2017 by emulating the teams of 1995 and 2007 to reach the Rugby World Cup final.
“We have always had the potential to be a force in world rugby and historically we have been,” said Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby, “but we have been through some tough times in recent seasons.”
Record defeats by New Zealand and Ireland, a first defeat by Italy and a whitewash on a tour of Europe all led to assertions that Springbok rugby was dead by the end of 2017.
But only one defeat in 11 matches in 2019 to confirm a turnaround begun in 2018 has turned those forecasts on their head. Erasmus gave the credit to the players.
South Africa lost 19-14 to Kenya’s Morans team in the final of the Tusker Safari Sevens at RFUEA Grounds in Nairobi after a slow start in the first half saw the visitors concede 19 points against the locals.
The home side, consisting mainly of the Kenyan HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series squad, scored three tries in a six-minute spell, with the SA side falling off tackles they were making earlier in the tournament.
When they finally found some zest in their play, two late tries by Luwi Mngadi and Cameron Hufke followed, but the home crowd was already celebrating.
Earlier in the day, the SA squad outplayed KCB Rugby 31-14 in the Cup quarter-finals, while they had too much guile for Shujaa, winning their semi-final by 19-5.
Springbok Sevens assistant coach, Renfred Dazel, who took charge of the squad for this trip, said afterwards the defensive effort in the final was way below their standards.
“We played really well leading into the final and especially against the Shujaa, we really did well and that ticked a number of boxes,” said Dazel.
Sunday, 20 October 2019
The Springboks produced a second half revival to clinch a place in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals after a ‘nervous’ first 40 raised hopes for a packed home crowd of a repeat of the ‘Miracle of Brighton’ which had seen Japan turn the rugby world on its head with victory over South Africa four years ago.
The Springboks stretched away from an edgy two-point halftime lead (5-3) with 21 unanswered points in the second half.
Makazole Mapimpi scored two more tries to take his tally to 13 in 12 Tests, while Faf de Klerk finished off a 40-metre rolling maul to claim the third.
“We’re happy to be through to the semi-finals but we were very nervous at halftime,” said Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby.
“Overall we were nervous going into this match; playing Japan with their home support and the way they played against Ireland and Scotland and they were definitely building momentum today.
“Going in at halftime we were only a few points up and having left a few tries out there, there was definitely a bit of a lull and a quietness in our change room.
“But I think after being together for 17 weeks the guys knew which buttons to push to get ourselves out of that lull and come and produce it in the second half. I’m proud of that. We’re through to the semi-finals and hopefully we can pull it through.”
Erasmus credited Bok captain Siya Kolisi, Duane Vermeulen and the other senior players for doing the key talking.
“If guys miss tackles and there’s a lack of commitment and there are effort errors, harsh words might help,” said Erasmus.
“But if it’s a bad pass or a missed opportunity or a skill error then it’s more a question of trying to get the guys confidence up and I guess that was the challenge at halftime.
“That’s where Siya and Duane and those guys did well at halftime. I think Siya and the boys did most of the talking and sorted that out.”
Kolisi said: “The message at halftime was to be patient and trust our plan. Our maul and our scrum were working. We didn’t take our opportunities in the first half, but we didn’t want to change anything, especially when we got turnover ball.
He is amongst the fastest of really fast men in the Springboks Sevens squad and come the Safari Sevens in Nairobi this weekend, Angelo Davids will also be amongst the bravest.
The 20-year-old star winger for the Blitzboks and DHL Western Province, will take the field at RFUEA Grounds in the Kenyan capital at hooker for his team, something that has Davids as excited as when he made his debut in Hong Kong earlier this year.
The move to the forwards was mooted by Blitzbok coach Neil Powell, who realised that the striking power of Davids wide out could be limited due to the presence of Siviwe Soyizwapi and Seabelo Senatla, amongst other fast guys in the squad.
Powell has moved strike runners to the forwards before, most notably Werner Kok, with the former World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year now also comfortable doing his bit in the scrum and lineout.
Davids is keen to make this a successful move too.