Gavin Retch reports for the Cape Grimes.
The atmosphere in the Mother City is electric. Super14′s best supported side, the Stormers, take on the Queensland Reds at the birthplace of South African rugby, Newlands Stadium, this Saturday.
The Stormers will be eager to prove a point this weekend after they lost out unfairly to the Sharks last Saturday. Had if not been for Jean De Villier’s untimely injury or the fact that referee Mark Lawrence has timeshare on the South Coast, the Stormers would have won comfortably.
In fact the Sharks have not faced a full-strength Cape team in the last three outings. And had they, there might very well be a different name inscribed on Sir Alfred Currie’s trophy for 2008.
Nevertheless, if the Stormers win this Saturday it will also be a moral victory for the real Men-in-Black, as it will finally demonstrate how powerful they can be when all their star players are fit and fighting.
Reflecting on the Stormers’ loss last weekend, team manager Tobie Uphisownass commented: “Well, you can’t always have everything your own way. I mean, we live in the most beautiful city in the world. I think we can sacrifice one result.”
Come this Saturday and the players could find the weather conditions challenging as a thick South-Easter Smug settles over the suburbs. Unlike Fog or Smog, the South-Easter Smug is caused by millions of Capetonians boasting about their city all at once. The smug tends to settle over Newlands impairing the players’ sight and vision. The Reds who hail from lowly Brisbane will no doubt find the smug extremely hard to deal with, which should play into the Stormers’ hands.
“Yeah we’ll obviously try and concentrate on our own game,” says Reds captain Derrick Barnes, “but it’ll be difficult with the picturesque Cape fold mountains in the background.”
What does he think about playing South Africa’s oldest and most successful rugby union?
“Yeah it’ll be a huge challenge for sure, mate. They’re a team with few weaknesses. I mean, just take a look at them. They’re good-looking blokes. Some of them could be models. Some of them are models. And they’ve got model girlfriends. And model cheerleaders. I mean is everyone here a model or something?
Please note: An after-party will be held at the Waterfront Yacht Club at 7pm. Cigars and berets are mandatory.Tweet