Be a supporter not a fan

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Admin, Original Content on 4 Dec 2009 at 11:51

Some of you may be around long enough to know that heading, it may belong to a thesus that Pissant wrote a while back but its Friday and well, im pretty sure he is not going to mind me borrowing the heading of what was an awesome article.

I was trawling the internet the other day and just by chance fell found myself on , finding one article amusing and not feeling very productive I looked a bit deeper and found two articles which were I thought were absolutely awesome and should apply to all supporters.It reminded me of the “Be a supporter not a fan” article a while back, just a lot more laid back.

The first one was “Guidelines for being a Sprinbok Supporter”

1. Respect your opposition | They are playing the Springboks, they are already crapping themselves, rather make them feel at ease and let them calm down. They must accept their fate in the same calm manner in which a person being executed accepts the impending doom.

2. Do not boo | It is a nice sign of respect to be quiet while an opposition kicker lines up for poles. We need to do this more in South Africa.

3. A Springbok supporter is a gracious loser | It does not happen much but we need to learn to shake hands with the opposition fans and acknowlege that their team was better on the day. Make and effort to have a beer and chat to the winning fans after the game, you like it when we won and they have a beer.

4. Whatever you do, Never EVER tackle the ref | This is a no no, even if he is a blatent cheat

5. Dress appropriatly | If you are 16 go mad with banners etc , if you are 46 be a bit more restrained. If you are 22 and a bikini model, wear the blady bikini and make sure its green and gold!

6. Read the right press | Some journos know what they are talking about and some are just wankers. The way to spot the wankers is easy, they will never write anything positive about the Springboks and try to undermine the team. If you are stuck email me for a list of who the wankers are (its long but its accurate)

7. Debate selections but understand that you do not know everything | This is a tough one. The Springboks know a lot about their rugby, more than you. More even than some of the past players. This is why it is not your place to outright slam selections. Rather offer and alternative but then vocally concur that you look forward to being proved wrong and that you bow to the coach’s supperior knowledge.

8. Respect the players | They are in the public eye but they are not your public property. Respect their privacy and they will respect your wishes for autographs and photos. If we lost, tell them you still love them. If we won tell them you love them. Think about the impact that harsh words have on you, well they have the same impact on the players. Be nice.

The second was “Why I will always support the Springboks” and this is what the mindset of any supporter of any team should be like.

I consume a lot of rugby media, newspapers, internet, television even radio, what I have noticed is the following:

1. Journalists know nothing about rugby

Thats it, nothing else.

Eina Vermeulen will only ever support his team…

I will back my team to come back from 45 – 0 with 3 mins to go.
I will back my team to run down Usain Bolt with a head start.
I will back my team to out scrum a bulldozer plus Mrs Bulldozer.
I will back my team to turnover ball in a game we are not even playing in.
I will back my team to score in any corner, even a corner in the Oval Office.
I will back my team to win because I am a South African and the Springboks are my team.

So there you go.Something lighthearted for a Friday but also serious enough to think about.

Thank you to Eina Vermeulen from for allowing Sharksworld to use his content.


  • Eina?

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.12.09 12:03:46 by McLovin Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : Eina!

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.12.09 12:12:53 by provincejoulekkading Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • Eina seems to be his given name. :roll: :smile:

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.12.09 12:25:42 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • Did ‘Eina’ write this article and is he a Bulls supporter??



  • Comment 4, posted at 04.12.09 12:32:09 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 4) : You guys are focussing on the wrong part of the story

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.12.09 12:35:58 by provincejoulekkading Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • Has anybody got some news on the training and what they are focussing on? I really think they need to focus on the mental aspect to ensure that our guys are up for 14 weeks of S14 rugby and not 8 like in S14-2009. Because after reading this article I once again feel that we can go all the way in 2010 S14. Whos with me on this? ;-) :| :x :twisted: :smile: :shock: :sad: :roll: :razz: :oops: :o :mrgreen: :lol: :idea: :grin: :evil: :cry: :cool: :???:

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.12.09 13:15:55 by SharksRTB Reply

    SharksRTBCurrie Cup player
  • Fan is short for Fanatic – when someone supports a team with the heart, ignoring what the head says. Pure emotion is like booze, watch what you type or say in the heat of it.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.12.09 13:22:49 by Baldrick Reply

    BaldrickCurrie Cup player
  • WTF baldrick :?: :?:

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.12.09 14:15:51 by SharksRTB Reply

    SharksRTBCurrie Cup player
  • Some Dubai Sevens result:

    Match 7: South Africa 28 -12 Wales
    Match 8: Australia 47 – 7 Arabian Gulf
    Match 15: South Africa 36 – 7 Arabian Gulf
    Match 16: Australia 14-7 Wales,

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.12.09 14:40:05 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : nice ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.12.09 15:54:43 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • @SharksRTB (Comment 8) : DIdn’t know I needed to explain that…. :roll:

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.12.09 16:55:39 by Baldrick Reply

    BaldrickCurrie Cup player
  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : And we beat Aus 29-0 to cruise into the qtr finals. :cool:

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.12.09 18:36:00 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • yoh!

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.12.09 10:19:53 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • @SharksRTB (Comment 6) : Sharks doing the ‘hard yards’
    Sat, 05 Dec 2009 14:58

    Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford, says now is the time for laying a platform from which to launch the 2010 rugby season as the majority of the Sharks players have re-assembled for preseason training.

    The Sharks’ first Super 14 match is scheduled for the Absa Stadium in Durban against the Chiefs on Saturday February 13.

    Bashford said that a good break is vital to good conditioning in the following season, and the length of the break has certainly been good to the players, although it hasn’t been all about lazing on the beach, scoffing donuts.

    “Speaking to Mark Steele [Sharks Strength and Conditioning Coach), he’s been really impressed with the way everyone has come back from the break, so it’s not like they’ve gone away for four or five weeks and let themselves go,” explains Bashford. “They’ve kept themselves up to speed and returned in relatively good shape.

    “The break has probably been longer than we’ve had in a while, so the guys have come back refreshed and everyone’s pretty much had a good break, so the next month up until Christmas will be about conditioning, getting strong and mixing it up between our normal gym sessions and more specific than its been in the past. Getting everyone to do what’s absolutely essential to get the best out of them.”

    What this means is that there isn’t a general programme for everyone but individual needs being catered for. “Everything is specific, what one player is doing won’t necessarily be done by another, they’ll all do their general conditioning but it’s far more specific than it’s been in the past, to try get the best out of everyone.”

    While some of the Bok players are still overseas for the Barbarians’ game and some are in desperate need of a break, a few are already back in the system. “Ruan Pienaar is one who came straight back in,” explains Bashford. “We had medicals this week on all the Boks who returned and were assessed before they left for leave. Because they had different workloads on tour, it’s just a matter of trying to get everyone up to speed as soon as possible.”

    The 2009 domestic season seems to have barely finished and with the end of year Bok tour, there hasn’t really been a break from rugby, or so it seems. But in the meantime, those who have taken a break are back and focused.

    “For everyone, it’s been a refreshing break, certainly the gap between Super 14 and Currie Cup isn’t very long at all, quite short actually, so this is probably the longest break the non-Springbok players have had in a while,” says the assistant coach. “You can’t discount the value of having that break, the rest is really good, not just the physical side but also mentally, to be able to switch off a bit from the game.

    He explains that right now, there is no field work or talk of tactics and strategy, just conditioning. “But we’re putting the guys who we feel might be able to get a bit faster on more of speed and agility programme than gym work for instance, just being a little more scientific to develop and get the best out of everybody.”

    He adds that now is an exciting time of the year, when everyone is enthusiastically getting the hard work done, with the injection of new and eager faces into the senior squad.

    “We’ve brought in some of the players who shone in the Under 21 campaign and they have been rewarded for their form by being brought into the Super 14 training squad. It’s always an exciting time of the year for us, to reward players who have done well through the Under 21s, Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup and obviously the Boks will join up with us after Christmas.

    “But for us, it’s all about the physical and conditioning side of the game right now and we’ll mix that with some games when we get back onto the field next week. The total focus has been on getting everyone as good as they can be.”

    With thanks to Sharks Rugby

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.12.09 08:00:36 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

    Sharksmad - The Blog's DudetteSuper Rugby player
  • Hello all. I’m back after major computer problems last week. :grin:

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.12.09 08:29:15 by Pokkel (Rugby's over, back to fishing) Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Author
    Assistant coach

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