Cape Town Tens

Team profile: The Buccaneers

2012-01-18 14:36
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Cape Town - It is very rare to find a team that will display the combination of strength, guile, and natural talent that is required to win a tournament like the Cape Town Tens. If that is what you are looking for in this team, then look elsewhere.

More than likely, the Pirates Buccaneers will be better known for their off-the-field antics, laughs and creativity with the consumption of alcohol, than they will be for anything done on the actual field of play, unless of course the field of play actually involves the aforementioned consumption of Golden Nectar.

Cape Town Tens involves rugby. Yes. But it also involves friends (both old and new), fun, sun and an opportunity to get a little “crazy”. That’s not to say that the Pirates players are unable to play, most have in fact played at a very high level, but many are also just friends looking for a good time with old friends. So when the Pirates make their way down to Tens, they do so to enjoy the rugby as much as the other activities that can be found in the beautiful city, such as the magnificent Cape Town 10’s beer tent. That’s why the Pirates Buccaneers are back at the event this year, and will continue to come down to the Tens as long as they are allowed to attend (old knees aside).

After being entered into the tournament by their fearless captain and founder, “Captain Flying Darby” last year for the first time, the Buccaneers were introduced to what could only be described as the holy grail of rugby tournaments.  The perfect fusion of the beautiful game of rugby and a party atmosphere second to none. Despite dominating the beer tent and most of the fine establishments offered by the city of Cape Town, the Buccaneers fielded a full side for every game and managed to come away with some convincing wins, much to the disbelief of our opponents, and due to the state of our players. To say the least, The Buccaneers put the “BEER” back into the beer league.

Pirates Rugby Club is the one of the oldest clubs in the country, and is 2 years away from its 125th birthday. This is an outstanding achievement for any non-profit organisation, let alone a Sports club, and is due in no small part to the dedication and ability of the clubs managers and administrators. And the ANC were proud of their 100 years! The clubs main rivals are UJ, Pukke, The Lost Boys, Roodepoort and Raiders. The club is appropriately very close to the local watering hole the “Jolly Roger” in Greenside, Johannesburg.

Players which have come through the ranks of this proud club include Gavin Johnson, Kobus Wiese, Benni Nortjie, Riaan Viljoen, Dean Hall, Captain Hook, Eric "The Pirate" van der Merwe and Jonathon Mokoena, to name but a few.

Team Specifics: Throughout the rest of the year, and as indicated earlier, The Buccaneers play at Pirates Rugby Club in Greenside. Consisting of attorneys, plumbers, businessmen, circus clowns, sales executives and accountants, they work in jobs requiring hard-work, organisation, chainsaw juggling skills and intellect. However, Cape Town Tens is the time when the regular facade of daily life can be cast aside, and a different side can be revealed. Following onto this, these same “Stand-up’s of Society” become what can only be described as, the most amazing bunch of under-achievers, misfits, drunks and useless individuals within a distance as far as the equator and poles of this earth. To all extents and purposes, when even the thought of the Cape Town Ten’s comes to mind, the entire lot are transformed into brandy drinking, blouse and eye-patch wearing, short-on-showering Pirates (though the description “Stinking Useless Gypsies” also comes to mind).

Spurred on by their mascot “Eric the Pirate” (inspired by one of Pirates Rugby Club’s greatest ever players), and some kinder on the eye supporters, this team of “good okes” will be gathering in Cape Town this year with peg legs and parrots in tow for another year of laughs.

As a final comment on the Pirates, every year these self-confessed “pretty good” drinkers look forward to the weekend when “things that happen on tour, stay on tour... and Facebook”. So if you are down at this year’s tournament as a player or supporter, come around and meet the Pirates Buccaneers or one of the other two teams from The Pirates Rugby Club which have entered and give yourself the opportunity to have some fun in the spirit of the tournament, and in the spirit of Pirates Rugby Club! 


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