Fans flock to see Springboks

2011-09-19 07:18

Taupo - The Springbok rugby team were pleasantly surprised on Monday when nearly 500 people turned up at a very wet Owen Delaney Park in Taupo to watch them train.

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“We had great support at training today(Monday), it feels like home here,” prop CJ van der Linde said after the team’s first field session following last week’s 49-3 victory over Fiji in Wellington.

“There are some beautiful rivers and some nice golf courses so it looks like a really nice town.”

The crowd that braved the miserable conditions consisted mainly of expats who have settled in the pristine tourist driven town situated in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island.

There were also a number of school children while, on the other side of the age spectrum, numerous residents of local the retirement villages also showed that they are embracing the Rugby World Cup.

A Springbok training session would, however, not be complete without a few die-hard fans who made the trip from South Africa to support their team.

Standing out in the bunch was Andre Botha of Pretoria who had to make special arrangements to bring a life-size Bakkies Botha poster with him.

Despite the un-South African like weather, Botha served about the New Zealand experience.

“We are here for the pool games and we are very happy with what we have seen so far, and we are sure the Boks will go all the way,” said the warmly dressed Bok fan.

South African Rugby Union (SARU) CEO Jurie Roux confirmed that the great turn-out at training was not something the team had anticipated. “We were actually quite surprised at the amount of people that came out on such a cold and rainy day,” said Roux.

One of the reasons why the team had selected Lake Taupo as their base was because of the more relaxed environment.

Then there is also the theory that the team’s golf enthusiast put forward the venue because of four outstanding courses that are in close proximity to their hotel.

Another possible drawing card could be the fact that trout fishing is one of the area’s main attracting – making it heaven on earth for utility forward Willem Alberts.

“This week might be a bit busy for trout fishing, but maybe next week when we come back there might be some time,” said the man who is almost as excited ahead of a fishing trip as he is before a Test match.

Roux highlighted that it was important for the team to make use of their time in Taupo to recharge ahead of some very important matches.

“It is actually a bit cold here, but the venue is in a beautiful setting so it provides is very relaxed environment which the players need, although you would not say it is that relaxed that when judging by the massive support the team had at training earlier.”

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  • gooinat - 2011-09-19 07:29

    Everybody wants to see the world champs practise:):)

      Tools1 - 2011-09-19 08:13

      Thats because the Bokke have arived! Made two predictions on friday Bokke by 20 and Bulls by 7. Well done to both teams. I hope the game finaly put this whole age debate to rest. I think the senior players really played fantastic rugga. John Smit was very acurate in line outs and made some telling tackles he still has 35 min in those legs. I think Frans was a relavation at 12, and for the first time i realy bought into the banana defence, 12 & 13 shooting up forcing the attack back towards the 1st chanel was a master stroke as their dangerous outside back were starved of any ball. Overall good performance I thought the entire 22 played well, a vast improvement. We are not there to defend our world crown we are there to win it again. J. V Cape Town Proudly South African

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-19 08:14

      ....2011 World Champions = All Blacks..!! ...........Go All Blacks..!!

      gooinat - 2011-09-19 08:21

      Tools,congrats to the Bulls,should of beaten our young Province side by much more than what they did with all the experience in that line up but a win is a win:):)The only thing that bothers me about the Boks is the amount of first time tackles we missed,jees that count must be high!!!!!!!!!!!

      Tools1 - 2011-09-19 08:50

      @ gooinat - you right about the missed takles but in a way the structure of the defence is like leading sheep to a certain point and in affect directly to where the defenders are, Briliantly pulled off against Fiji, if one guy misses the next one is normally close by. One does wonder if this will work against NZ or Australia. The missed tackle count was somwere in the 50's imagine we can bring that down by 60 % or so. UNSTOPABLE!

      RandomDude - 2011-09-19 17:52

      I seem to remember it as 24 missed tackles .

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-19 08:01

    What a weekend of sport! Well done Bokke for Saturday... ...just a few comments from the match commentator to enjoy... ...Bismarck du Plessis..."brushing off the players" ...Dan Vickermann saying "South Africa has laid down the mark". ...Danie Rossouw "plays where the coach needs him." ...when Danie Rossouw received his "Man of the Match" award, it was said that he runs more like a 23-year old, than a 33-year old! Brussouw has shown today that he is more than just a fetcher. And Morne Steyn has proved that he is more than just a kicker. Congrats to Guthro, Jaque, Frans, Morne, Beast and Danie for their tries. Well done SA, for the 9 breakdown turnovers won, the 124 tackles made and the 110 breakdowns. Francois Hougaard described as a "livewire". SA "winning minor battles at breakdown". Bismarck "what a man to be able to bring on-he does not mess around". JP Pietersen "one of the outstanding figures in this match"-like his neon boots! Brussow "outstanding flanker. All in all, SA was described as "a relentless green tide, clinical, absolutely ruthless, surge after surge, no charity on defence, increasingly impressive-we are sending a message that SA is still very much a force to be reckoned with in the RWC as well as World Rugby". Here comes the Springboks again...GO BOKKE!!!!!!!!!!

  • fullmoon - 2011-09-19 08:02

    Well done to Bokke, and to Ireland. Just to add, in my opinion, Alain Roland and Andre Watson must be two of the most inconsistant ref's in the game. They could write a book, "how to destroy a game of rugby"

      michael.z.jennings - 2011-09-19 12:39

      when last did Andre Watson actually ref a game? have just read his autobiography, and if i am not mistaken he retired bout six years ago?

  • jacques - 2011-09-19 08:18

    There are more than 500 All Blacks supporters residing in South Africa according to the stats of the Supporters club. If the Boks were so great, why were'nt ther more supporters?

      Cape-Coloured - 2011-09-19 09:12

      As far as I know Jacques there are more than 10 000 AB supporters in SA.On facebook we have over 1300 supporters and we adding 10+ people a day. Go ALL BLACKS.

      Sharks Rugby - 2011-09-19 09:26

      This article is reporting on the support in Taupo ONLY. As an All Black supporter Jacques, you should know that Taupo is but a miniscule part of the islands (yes NZ consists of 2 islands) and you are reporting on the entire country here. Do yourself a favour an immigrate. As an ex-All Black said of the Saffa AB support :" we do not want to be associated with these kinds of people (poephol)" GO BOKKE!

      Zeus vdm - 2011-09-19 09:29

      The world cup is in NZ drol, the supporters are the SA supportes in NZ. and ther are +- 4 million supportesr of the sprinboks in SA, only a few confused coloureds support NZ or OZ, shame.

      Chief Kok - 2011-09-19 09:50

      No Cape-coloured; there are more than 50000 ABs supporters in the Western Cape alone.

      InternetMan - 2011-09-19 10:12

      You guys seem to be outnumbered.

      Zeus vdm - 2011-09-19 10:48

      @Chief Kok, that is why I said +-4 mil supporters, 50 000 outcasts means nothing; you will always get idiots trying to leok the other way, please F&*^% to NZ, no place in SA for non-SA people.

      MaestroX - 2011-09-19 11:04

      @Cape Coloured, who gives a toss what you think twat head, go and talk to your "Deddy" and ask him again why he supports the AB's and see if it applies to you! D**s!!

      MaestroX - 2011-09-19 11:14

      @Chief Kok, please man wake up, your coffees getting cold, where do you have 50,000 AB supporters in the Western Cape? Shame you really do live in a bubble of confusion. Even if there were 50,000 delusional coloured supporters, who actually gives a toss? I can tell you in all honesty, the AB's certainly don't give a toss about you, they play for their country, not for their name or the fans who are unpatriotic losers living in other countries. Why would they play for a bunch of toothless gangsters who show zero loyalty to their country of birth? If you honestly think they play for you and your Mitchells Plain rejects you are living in a fool’s paradise. The boks play for SA, like Pienaar said after the famous 95 World cup!! Mind you, you were probably still in diapers wondering why your “Deddy” was crying so much!!! The AB’s play for New Zealand and its great people not for you and your 50,000 twatheads friends.

  • Jeff - 2011-09-19 08:44

    Brilliant... Spectacular..... Amazing.... I knew we gonna pull it off, as I said on Friday, but infact i was surprised by my team (BOKS). I did not expect such a score...... Magnificent bokke... It makes me so happy to be a fan of the boks and one thing that is so nice about the boks win over Fiji: All those who had nothing but negative comments, are now shutt-off. Come-on people, all those who said all the negative things about Pdiv, Ggold & Dmuir... Its amazing when u proof some-one wrong by deeds and not only words. Im sure all those who fall under the pessimist-syndrome will never ever make the team if they should make up a team of your street in the neighbourhood where you live. It just shows you... Empty cans makes the most noise..... Enough for now. To the ALL MIGHTY BOKS: CONGRATULATIONS BOKKE, you really made us proud!! All the players did absolutely well. And what excites me about our team is that, Pdiv said there's still some room for improvement and couple of things that did not work-out for us... This just shows you that the Boks is a WORLD CLASS team.. No wonder we're the current Champs... And i want to repeat what i said on Friday: I think our coaching stuff is really intelligent. The game plan, the strategy, and last but not least, the pschycological tactic...... Again, i think i understand their strategy. I was right for the game on saturday. Just wait for the announcement for the team against The Welwitchia's, then i'll tell you what will happen..

  • Jeff - 2011-09-19 09:14

    HBrussow is such a small fella but his heart is larger than Lomu's. GREAT GREAT Bokke. I think every-one played very well, however there's some outstanding one's. The front row, Drossouw, the loose trio, The 2 steyns, JFourie, JPietersen. The rest of them did bring their part and i think we must not forget that if it wasn't for all 15, we would've lost the game. Not to mention our substitutes, they were phenomenal.... To those who thought Biscmark and FHougaardt is one of the biggest mistakes of PDiv, well you should think again. I know Bissie is the better one and Hougaardt, as 1 reader said b4, is so inform now that he can't see how did Ndungane make it to the team, well okes, our management team do have brains, so just acknowledge them on the team of the day. Who can deliver anything negative about JSmith on saturday's game??? He even surprised me aswell. Fiji expected the kicking game, and wow, they had to wake up and smell the coffee of a champion's kitchen..... If you look closely at the game, whenever they were ready for the kicks, we ran, and when they expect us to ran, we Kicked. Absolutely what i call Rugby "by our green and gold" I could see the 'worry' of the Fijians when-ever Morne Hoists those deep up-and-unders. "I thought they were prepared" And please fellow supporters, whenever we lose, lets accept it like real champions. I know it doesn't feel great, but let it not get us under. Good luck to the boks, the final is winking........

      gharri - 2011-09-19 11:58

      Well said Jeff!!! I wonder what the negatives will say when we win the WC???

      Jeff - 2011-09-19 12:37

      I can guarentee you, some will be wise and admit they were wrong. But then most of them is so stupid that they will still say stupid negatives, just to keep their pride. Which is actually a good thing because for nature to balance itself, we need the stupid people around...... One more thing i would like to add: When we won against Wales, we played bad.... When we won Fiji, Fiji played very well.... Meaning, it doesnt matter what you put in front of the equation, Boks will win it. Remember the boks are hungry for wins. We only won tri-nations when wc was absent..... But when its wc time, we shifted our minds to what is priority......... My Blood is green, and Stormer Blue :-)

  • Chief Kok - 2011-09-19 09:47

    Nearly 2000 people rocked up in PE, last month, to see the All Blacks.

      buldozersema - 2011-09-19 10:02

      Did you all hold hands and sing God Save the Queen with them? Elizabeth is the monarch of NZ - as indicated by their flag. Or does your political circus have it's boundaries?

      Spioen - 2011-09-19 10:11


      gooinat - 2011-09-19 10:30

      And it must have been major dissapointing to see them lose,hey Chief Kok!!!!

      Chief Kok - 2011-09-19 10:46

      Yes, it was. Especially against SA. It's like WP vs Bulls.

      Zeus vdm - 2011-09-19 10:59

      Shame, we have foreign trees like the rooikrans here too,The Springbok supporters braai with that!

      Blouste-Blou - 2011-09-19 11:34

      50 million people in SA, 5 million people in NZ. 500 people at this one training would be equal to 5 000 people watching the AB's train. I'm going to laugh so loud when these poor NZ supporters in S.A. gets it on their noses again

      Jeff - 2011-09-19 12:54

      Chief KOK- The All blacks play good rugby, really. They have good players, talent, intelect..... That i can repeat for a lot of other teams, Bokke obvious included. But what is it that seperate these teams from one another, ranking from champions to wooden spoon???? It is certainly not the amount of supporters, that i can guarantee you!!!! Maybe, just maybe, you can ask the rest of the rugby world to join your suppporter club, and who knows, maybe, just maybe, the All Blacks will win it this time......... Which I doubt!

  • Welties - 2011-09-19 12:48

    I have to admit that since the beginning of the W.C. I havent been a John Smit fan, believing him to be too old and past his best. Although he threw well on Saturday, and made some good runs, once Bismark came on, the entire dimention of the game changed. We WON three tight-head scrums, which is part of the hookers job, and scored from one of them. Its all good and well to throw well at the lineouts, and have a few good runs, but to take tighthead ball at the crucial time - now thats being a proper hooker. That as well as the devistation that Bismark causes amonst the opposition forwards - he is the COMPLETE player.

      Jeff - 2011-09-19 13:13

      I agree with you. I'll give Bissie 100% Management has already had their team in mind for the world cup. So after that, they had to go for the subs. This time 'round, don't know if you noticed, whenever a substitute come's on, it is as if our team shifted to 5th gear..... Meaning, it is actually something better, and not just a replacement to complete the number of players on the field, momentum proceeds or improve.... Makes one think hey!!!!! I've always admires the Boks and their management, even through their Trinations. Some times one must accept you can't always win, and to expect from the boks to ALWAYS win is ridiculous. But what makes me a proud bok supporter, we know how to play, how and when to experiment, how to adapt pressure and most of all, when to peak. I plead to every pessimist out there, please give our boys your support and grant them the opportunity to proof you wrong....... And if they can't proof you wrong......Well.......then you just shut up!

  • pietere - 2011-09-20 07:15

    does anybody know where the springboks stay on the Shore? I believe they treat fans with drinks and eats

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