Boks' prank makes headlines

2011-09-24 11:43

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.


  • Ya Beauty! - 2011-09-24 11:46

    Mata Mata what kind of name is that......?

      whereu - 2011-09-24 12:15

      Yep, near waikikamoocow

      whereu - 2011-09-24 12:20

      He.. he... easier to spell and pronounce than Hluhluwe and Kgalagadi

      letsee - 2011-09-24 12:26

      In Latin Mata Mata is Kill Kill

      JB - 2011-09-24 17:42

      you actually have a Mata Mata right in your own backyard - The Mata Mata Border camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park

      Captainmorgan - 2011-09-24 18:09

      It Newzealand for Wara Wara

      gansgatte - 2011-09-24 19:31

      In south-sotho "mata" means "run"- am I right?

      whereu - 2011-09-25 06:43

      Hats off to you JB. I wondered whether anybody would pick up your point. I have been to Mata Mata in NZ and SA.

      whereu - 2011-09-25 06:49

      gansgatte, I think that run in Sesotho is matha. Pronunciation near enough to mata!

      Ek Dink_ - 2011-09-26 09:37

      Didn't you know New Zealand is our "twin county"? It's their copy of our "Pata-Pata" - and they named a town after it. We are not there yet... (naming a town after old songs)

  • FerretGee - 2011-09-24 11:51

    Ho-hum... slow news day in New Zealand....

      colin.dovey - 2011-09-24 13:08

      Always a slowwww news day there - if a cow runs into the main village road it makes headlines - so this one is no exception. :-)

  • Wovenivy - 2011-09-24 12:10

    So not everyone in NZ is a rugby fan... :)

      ChumScrubber - 2011-09-24 12:19

      Ja, hard to believe that a pub owner in NZ would not know who the Bokke are. More likely the bad service was out of spite ..... cheesy.

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-24 13:58

      Andy chill! It was a prank! Really!!!

      James - 2011-09-24 17:27

      Hardly the view shared by the many thousands of South Africans who make New Zealand home when they flee the ravaged nation (rainbow nation?? Hahahah)..

  • theprodigy - 2011-09-24 12:30

    wow what headlines, can u imagine what the headlines when we steal the Cup from under their noses.

      Wallace - 2011-09-24 14:24

      Sharp, hehe Love it!!

  • Johann - 2011-09-24 13:07

    " and not a lot of food was being served". GOOO BOKKE!!!

  • Spioen - 2011-09-24 13:32

    Watch out .... it may have been Suzie in her old day, running the caf down the road as part of her retirement plan!!! :)

  • Rawter - 2011-09-24 13:36

    The only thing we going to really be stealing from New Zealand is that dearly beloved cup that is in their country at the moment when we beat them in the semi's and then smash another side in the final

  • Heather - 2011-09-24 13:38

    shame....she needs to get a life!!

      grant9 - 2011-09-24 16:12

      @Ruck'punt. In 1999 I was working for an employment agency in England. Just before Christmas, a regular client in Scotland who produced smoked salmon phoned to book x amount of casual workers. She said, "Only South Africans, no Australians - they're all noise and no work!."

      Neutkraker - 2011-09-24 17:41

      @ Phuck 'n Runt. It's a shame to hear your sad opinion, especially after so many South Africans have jumped in to help in Christchurch after the disasterous earthquake. I guess your kind is just everywhere to be found.

  • smit4pres - 2011-09-24 13:42

    Compared to AB's who go to pubs and end of in fights (with and without handbags) end up on assault charges, end up with rape allegations and destroyed hotel rooms this is indeed a harmless prank.

  • FerretGee - 2011-09-24 14:18

    Grow up people. Clearly none of you have ever been on a sports team tour? Pranks are the order of the day. This is just the New Zealand press looking for any reason to try and get under the skin of the Springboks. (Which it wont),

  • Tongie - 2011-09-24 15:05

    in Zimbabwe, we have a language called shona and "Mata Mata" means "vagina vagina" hahahahahahaha what a name

  • JohnPicarra - 2011-09-24 15:20

    In New Zealand, even traffic jams make the main body of the news headlines... The boks teasing Gail Bailey, now, that is something MAJOR bru...

  • JohnPicarra - 2011-09-24 15:26

    In latin languages, Mata Mata is Kill Kill, ... but in the South Pacific, who knows? It might just mean " the woman with the round buttocks good to cut and put on the fire "! They are cannibals out there!

      Bert Pajou - 2011-09-24 18:54

      Quite so. they call human flesh "long pig"

  • gsbell - 2011-09-24 17:00

    Bokke just be careful not to get poisoned in revenge.

  • rimmoah - 2011-09-24 17:39

    stealing something is a joke?thats what our government does,steal from the public and then act like its a big joke!

  • Damvak - 2011-09-24 18:03

    I still have an Ayers Rock roadsign.. complete with kangaroo, behind my bar..No point in travelling that fas without sampling some memorabilia..

  • Bert Pajou - 2011-09-24 18:22

    Irresponsible, knowing the press... but I dont understand the prank. What were they planning to do? Walk around the block and then return the artifact and have a good laugh? Hmm, I wonder... Come to think about it, I would have reacted in the same way. Come on Bokke, that is not the trophy ypu're after

  • Expat - 2011-09-24 20:47

    Don't these people know that crime and breaking the law is a form of fun in SA, it's a national passtime

  • Pooh-Bear - 2011-09-24 23:43

    If she had a sense of humour she'd have given them food poisoning ;)

  • Willie - 2011-09-25 03:07

    Would they have returned the item? only answer yes or no. If the answer is no, then it was an irresponsible act of theft regardless of whether the Boks regard it as a prank. Please Team we cannot afford to tarnish the proud image of the Boks with irresponsible pranks like this which is de facto theft or any other that is unfitting to a Bok team

  • Zane Daniels - 2011-09-25 08:01

    Put the lot of them in jail lol

      Sharks Rugby - 2011-09-25 08:43

      Oh , so tired of you unpatriotic people... really getting old. I'm sorry on wich island were you born again? o ja, thats's right you've never been to New Zealand! You have no right and no say in this glorious country (which by the way pays your salary)

      Luan - 2011-09-26 09:27

      Also, Zane, the only way they will beat us is if you put the lot of them in jail. Bangbroek!

  • Zane Daniels - 2011-09-25 08:07

    You people are f$cked in your head to think it was ok to do something like that. She did not know them how would you have done if six big guys walk into you pub and start taking things down it might have prank to them but not to her

  • Julius - 2011-09-25 15:09

    Just doing the South African thing - stealing

  • kerry.bradburn - 2011-09-25 20:17

    Typical Kiwi.. Zip sense of humour.. Even the smallest fart makes the news as sweet f all happens here! Sigh I miss home :-(

  • fathima.docrat - 2011-09-26 05:18

    Good for the Boks, , , a little bit of fun hurt no one!

  • judicatordex - 2011-09-26 07:44

    The fact that this article exists is proof that the media is childish. Good old prank by a sports team. Yes, they are professional and should act that way, but seriously - it was a prank. Go Bokke, we support you all the way!!

  • Fredster69 - 2011-09-26 08:53

    Somehow they do not understand our humour

  • Agent Bastad - 2011-09-26 12:41

    Mata Mata means "Run Run" in SeSotho ;)

  • Ian - 2011-09-26 23:25

    We still have honesty boxes in NZ - very few people take what are not theirs !!

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