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Welcome to SA – world champions of rugby union hospitality!

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Springboks on 13 Aug 2008 at 11:46

As the Tri-Nations siege of South Africa commences, Greg Smith has his own theory why it is easier for touring teams to win on Springbok rather than New Zealand territory.

Greg Smith writes for Sportingo that home advantage in South Africa within the Tri-Nations isn’t the same as in New Zealand – and five out of eight wins on tour in South Africa for the All Blacks proves that. South Africa isn’t a rugby fortress like New Zealand. Attitude, hospitality, weather and facilities make it an infinitely more hospitable and hopeful place for victory on the road.

Allegations that South Africa is the hardest road trip in rugby union are unfounded – and I’ll argue that at this point in time in the Tri-Nations, the Springboks are the ones under the cosh and that New Zealand will always be the hardest place to tour.

Argentina, Australia and New Zealand in succession are like a hurricane, a tsunami and an earthquake battering into the Boks. A triple whammy! I honestly don’t think the Springboks are going to withstand this unrelenting attack and I doubt any team in world rugby could.

Imagine this trio descending on Ireland, Wales, England or France. Yip, you’re right – havoc!

It’s really a sort of gang warfare. A dingo pack hunting down an oversized prey, and home advantage isn’t going to save the Boks.

As I said, home advantage isn’t a big deal here in South Africa. There is none of this icy New Zealand weather, the training grounds aren’t inadequate like in New Zealand and all round, if you ask players touring the ‘Rugby Republic’, the place is a breeze compared to Ireland, Wales or France.

OK, you don’t have home fans but that’s not the be and end all of rugby, is it? South Africa have performed in front of the most hostile crowds in rugby union in New Zealand (remember 1981?) and the House of Pain, while having to contend with equally shocking weather and accommodation, along with training facilities from the dark ages.

I’ll argue that most teams within international rugby will be more hopeful of victory in South Africa than in New Zealand, regardless of the relative strengths of the home teams. So South African home advantage means little or at least less than New Zealand home advantage.

New Zealand is the rugby fortress. The referees, the hostile crowds, the shocking weather and the remote location of the place conspire against the most valiant challengers.

Look at the statistics and you’ll see South Africa are the world champions of hospitality and all this talk of home advantage is overhyped nonsense. South Africans have a welcoming attitude to teams from around the world – ask the Welsh, the Irish, the French, the English or any team that tours here.

It’s an African-style hospitality foreign to New Zealanders, who mistakenly transpose their hooliganism and poor behaviour onto South Africans. Teams touring here don’t suffer the same overbearing suppression on and off the field, which is typically Kiwi.


  • I actually agree with this guy.

    We pamper the visitors to much

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.08.08 11:51:36 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : So do I. We still think we should act like gentlemen, and that includes more than rugby, whereas they give us all our hell. A lot to do with our deficit in mental abilities…

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.08.08 11:58:20 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • Spot on.

    All African soccer teams dream of coming to RSA to play Bafana Bafana because it’s like being on vacation. When our team plays away they are treated like criminals, get food poisoning etc.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.08.08 12:05:53 by blackshark Reply
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  • This no state secret.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.08.08 12:35:34 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 4) : Respek! The man was super-funny…

    We should really learn to treat our visiting opponents with less dignity. 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.08.08 12:56:30 by blackshark Reply

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  • SARU are not a negotiator’s arse…

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.08.08 14:31:12 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • I blame Sport Isolation, because we didn’t play touring teams, when the gates opened up we were so grateful that we fell over backwards trying to please our guests. Also our Press are a Bunch of Pussy Cats not Tigers. I see Thorne isn’t sorry about his tackle on Smit, well every Newspaper would be baying for SAFFA Blood in NZ if the shoe was on the other foot. Oh Please Oh Please win this one otherwise work will be unbearable the whole of next week. I see the Politicians are making out they are better Rugby selectors than the selectors once again. I wish the expresion “Take the Log out of your eye first before you take the splinter out of my eye” would be practised by SA Politicians.I can assure you in all my time in NZ I have never heard a Politician say anything about the All Black Team, they would probably loose to many votes. But then again the SA Untoachables will win come hell or high water.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.08.08 23:37:08 by Dynamite Reply

  • Good morning everyone!!

    @Dynamite (Comment 7) : Dynamite, it is quite funny, just yesterday I read this truth snippet from an unidentified author( which simply means I cannot remember his name ), who made the statement that ” blame are the most useless thing in the world. It does not matter how much you blame a man, it will not change YOU.” 😕

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.08.08 06:18:12 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.08.08 07:41:39 by Charlie Reply

  • :mrgreen: 😐 😈 ➡ 😯 🙂 😕 😎 👿 😀 💡 😳 😛 🙄 😉 😥 😮 😆 😡 🙁 ❗ ❓

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.08.08 07:54:48 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 9) : Really? Well HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADI…give yourself 2 PRESENTS on Saturday…courtesy of the New Zealand channel.

    @Charlie (Comment 10) : mixed emotions ?

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.08.08 08:19:37 by blackshark Reply

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  • Happy happy Adi!! On the best authority via Charlie…

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.08.08 08:47:48 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @blackshark (Comment 11) : No, the site seems so quiet…got bored @ that moment… 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.08.08 09:37:49 by Charlie Reply

  • Be nice to them off the field and then give them a spanking on the field. Leaves them all confused.

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.08.08 10:24:12 by McLovin Reply

  • bugger me! It’s Adi’s birthday! I forgot…

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.08.08 10:42:24 by robdylan Reply
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