On Wednesday night I had the privilege of drinking a beer or 17 with the TWG12 Jean De Villiers when a friend mentioned singing at Newlands.
We chatted about how the last time the newlands fans were that vocal was in the Super 14 semi final against the Waratahs, and that was mainly because the game was almost shut out already.
WP/Stormers fans have a bad habit of only really breaking out the chants when our team is on the verge of winning the game and even then its mainly WP JOU LEKKA DING WP JOU LEKKA DING , on Saturday the chants got unpacked early in the first half and I for one had goosebumps then and have goosebumps now just thinking about it.
Jean said having the fans singing at full voice really lifts a team and recalled a game for Munster where they were in a must win game against Northampton Saints and were a man down in the scrum because Paul O’ Connel had been sent off and they had a scrum on their goalline with time running out on the clock, the Munster fans broke out into song at the top of their voices and Jean could see tears in the eyes of some of the backline guys, the forwards with one man down won the scrum, got clean ball to the backs who managed to clear the ball into the Saints half and the go and also win the ensuing lineout.All because the fans singing inspired them to do something special.
So to the WP fans, Sing Dammit, Sing the boys into the final.
Dis ‘n WP ding, ‘n lekka lekka WP ding, en ons kannie warrie nie, want ons gaan weeeeeeen.. !