If any non-South African is unfortunate to be reading this, do yourself a favour and pull over the nearest Capetonian to explain the meaning of “Jou ma se…”!
I am told by my spies on the Cape Flêts (yes, that’s how you say it) that they don’t use the original version of “Jou ma se… ” anymore. No my Lanie… there’s a much harsher swear word doing the rounds and he’s from a small island far away from the grim Flêtse of Cape Town.
Be that as it may, I have made my peace with the fact that Sereli Naqelevuki will be playing for his native Fiji in George. The fact that he’s been re-signed to play for the Stormers in the Super 14 next season… now that is going to take a little longer to work through.
Another big oke who will grace the pitch at Outeniqua Park from tomorrow is Todd Clever. Yes, he was clever to exchange his American playing strip for the Johannesburg-based Auto & General Lions, where his physical presence was felt by the opposition in the Super 14.
Now, I’m not from JoBurg so I don’t know if the JoBurgers see old Todd quite in the same way as we Capetonians see Naqelevuki. If anything, whenever Clever Todd (I know, I know) touched the ball for the Lions, one wouldn’t ordinarily hear the JoBurgers collectively utter a despairing “Ooooooh Nooooo.” In fact, I think the bloke’s a rather decent ball-player.
If the tugging of BlitzBok Mzwandile Stick’s dreads in Dubai last weekend was anything to go by, the other 15 teams in this weekend’s South African Sevens can forget about pulling the big American’s trademark locks. Any untoward tugging will immediately be sanctioned by a penalty.
Unless they can pull off a Thierry Henry move.
Wat smile djy my broe?! (Sereli Naqelevuki, Pic: Western Province RFU)