Cape Town Tens

Boots & All sets the tone

2010-02-05 11:03
Boots & All (File)
Cape Town - If the live broadcast of Boots & All - from the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point on Thursday night - is anything to go by, then we are set for one helluva ride at the 2010 Castle Cape Town Tens.

Darren Scott and Breyton Paulse joined Cape Town Tens Tournament host Bob Skinstad in a fantastic evening's entertainment at the Cape Town Stadium - headlined by the arrival of the International Legends and some great interviews with them.

The inimitable Scott - who was in fine form as the anchor - had the likes of Tana Umaga, Jeremy Paul, Robbie Fleck and Timmy Horan on stage, whilst Bob held court around the stadium as he interviewed the rest of the International Legends in the stands; where the 'studio audience' was seated.

Matt Proudfoot (Stormers) and Eugene Eloff (Boland) also got some air-time to chat about their 'little' match on Saturday at the Cape Town Stadium (after the Tens exhibition match between the SA and International Legends), whilst John Allan (the CEO of the SA Rugby Legends) and Rob Louw (a true, true legend in every sense) had some time to chat about the rugger and, of course, Rob's recent battle with cancer, which seems to be going well - judging by the huge smile on that legend's face.

Representatives of the stadium management were also present, and actually kicked-off proceedings on the show, whilst some members of the Noordhoek Vikings and the Hollywood Boks popped in to enjoy the evening... and the sponsor's product with us!

The excitement levels were really high amongst the Vikings and Hollywood Boks players and they all bonded with the International Legends; with Pat Howard and Jeremy Paul very nearly being inducted into the Vikings team at the last minute.

Paul, in particular, was quite a hoot and had the crowd in hysterics during his interview (on live TV!), but the quote of the night went to Samoan star Zak Feaunati - aka Jonah Lomu - when asked about the rumours of being shortlisted for an Oscar (after his role in Invictus) were true, saying: "It would certainly be a first... the first time someone was nominated without actually saying a word in a movie!"

The various Castle Cape Town Tens sponsors were also in attendance - including representatives from Castle Lager, Sport24 and Canterbury; with Castle learning the hard way about rugby players' vast thirst when they had to raid their storage room early on to re-stock the bar. (Don't worry, it was re-stocked... and quickly!)

The Lightyears were also in attendance, having quietly slipped into Cape Town this week, and pianist Chris Russell said the group were "absolutely dying to get on stage on Friday night".

After the filming of Boots & All, had a quick word with International Legends stalwart Leon Lloyd - who is back for his second Cape Town Tens stint.

"There is a real buzz," he said. "The banter (in the Legends squad) is already great and we're all just so excited about tomorrow night's welcome party and the rest of the festivities... and, of course, the rugby!"


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