And this weekend the Springboks (SA rugby) teem had a chance to redeem themselves after last weekend's ignominious defeat against Japan.
The past week, the newspapers, the weekly magazines, the TV talk shows and the radio programs were dominated by supporters giving vent to their disappointment in their team. The main moan was the many of the players were too old to play world cup rugby.
The coach made significant changes to the team during the week...
So all eyes were on the screen on Saturday night when the Springboks took on Samoa.
The Samoa HAKA to intimidate the Springboks
The Springboks while the Samoans did their HAKA
Within the first 15 minutes, JP Pietersen, (winger) intercepted a pass between the Samoans and pumped it up to the line to score his first of three tries
The SA supporters in the stands in the UK were ecstatic
The Springbok suppporters in our TV lounge in South Africa were ecstatic!
So much so that the poor pup started hyperventilating because of the excited screams and cheers by his yoomens
The SA coach who was persona non-grata after last week's defeat, and the butt of jokes on FB within minutes after the game, looks a lot less stressed this week
One of the changes the coach made was to bring in the young blood (eight changes from last week) during the second half of the game. Raised in the air, is the replacement for Victor Mattfield, our oldest player, a lock and the best line-out man in the business . The replacement lock came up trumps in the line-out and the result was another try by JPP Pietersen.
Second try by JP
The crowds go mad in the stands
As do the SA supporters in our TV lounge!
The Guard Dog ended up on the sofa between his two mamas
After full-time JP scored his third try. We thought this was IT! The Brian Habana scooped up the ball and made for the try line.
Brian Habana, who is one of the fastest land mammals on earth clinched the deal for the Springboks to win hands down!
So the "Boks" are back in favor with their fans; they're top of the log in Pool B and we have great hopes for our rugby team for this Rugby World Cup.
Happy Monday to you all!