Rugby World Cup 2011
Boks' prank makes headlines
John Smit (File)
Auckland - The Springboks were left laughing after seemingly been accused of stealing a sign in the small village of Mata Mata on Friday.
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The Boks played a prank on a local bar owner, and were shocked to see their exploits had made the newspapers as accusation of theft came in through both the NZ Herald and Dominion Post newspapers.
TRAC Sports Bar Matamata owner Gail Bailey said the Boks came in but left with the Community Trust sign, prompting her to stomp after them.
"I took after them, told them I wanted my sign back and gave them a rev-up. I didn't know who they were," she told the NZ Herald.
But captain John Smit explained it was just a bit of fun and no harm was intended.
"We stopped for a lunch and you could see the lady didn’t know who we were and not a lot of food was being served. We decided to move one sign from behind her bar as a prank, but she didn’t take kindly to that," said Smit.