With the Emirates Airlines South African Sevens set to move from George in the Southern Cape to a venue “to rival the Hong Kong Sevens” I’d like to open another debate.
Much is always said by the South African scribes every year post-George Sevens about the “coloured” All Black supporters in the stands at Outeniqua Park.
There is no doubt that New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens’ Boys have a hellavu lot of support when they play in George. So much so that their skipper DJ Forbes was moved to call George their “second home” after their home tournament in Wellington.
“Swallow this!” said the All Black Supporters Club in George (Pic: IRB)
It is ironic that we should post this topic as today (15 December) is also DJ’s birthday; but it is a sensitive issue that needs to be be talked about. This is how the Kiwi skipper described it:
On winning the Cup
“It is definitely a proud moment. The key thing that people need to know is that we came here with six new caps and they really stood up. To play finals, in front of an awesome crowd like this, to dig really deep until the final moments was really pleasing.”
On the crowd chanting ‘DJ Forbes‘
“It is quite special. We mentioned it during the week that George is probably our second home in terms of the World Series and the support they give us is awesome. We really dig deep because there are a lot of people that are really focused on us winning and we put a lot of smiles on these supporters’ faces.”
A lot have been said on sports websites, blogs as well as on Twitter following the New Zealand win in George recently as well as the support they enjoyed at Outeniqua Park (to the detriment of the Springboks) and we’d like to unpack that in the next few posts.
Stay tuned to BlitzBokke.com for more…