“One of the leaders in our squad … Luke Watson.”
Stephen Nell reports for Die Burger that is how Stormers captain Jean de Villiers introduced Watson to a cheering crowd at the Cape Super14 team’s kick-off party at Newlands.
Not a single boo was heard and the only player that received a bigger cheer than Watson was veteran fullback Percy Montgomery.
Watson was also a popular choice among fans posing for photographs with their favourite players.
He was jeered by a section of the crowd in Sunday’s match against English club side Saracens at Newlands. That followed on last year’s remarks at a rugby festival where he said he had to keep himself from vomiting on the Springbok jersey.
His coach, Rassie Erasmus, said after Sunday’s game that true supporters would support the teams he picked.
Watson was delighted on with the reception he and the team got at their party.
“It was wonderful. It was very encouraging after the slight situation on Sunday,” said Watson.
“I did not know what to expect, but the crowd endorsed me as a person. It shows they are Stormers supporters through and through.”
Western Province president Tobie Titus was glad about the positive reception Watson received.
“It was encouraging and I hope it’s a sign that the storm is over,” said Titus.Tweet