Sharks enjoy moment in the sun on victory parade

2013-10-31 00:00

THE sun shone on the Sharks’ Currie Cup victory parade through central Durban yesterday as politicians, fans and even those going about their day in the most ordinary fashion stopped to acknowledge the victory bus.

The bus with the local heroes had made its way from King’s Park to the city hall, and then back to King’s Park via the beach front.

It was fitting that the gloomy weather let up to allow the Sharks a chance to have their moment in the sun.

“This is the best city in the world,” Sharks CEO John Smit told the eThekwini Municipality’s full council, before being presented with a certificate of honour and appreciation by Mayor James Nxumalo.

“We know that the hard work is just around the corner again, and we will do everything in our power to bring more trophies like this back to Durban.”

Once the city hall formalities had ended and the politicians had broken into song, the players took to the street to mingle with fans.

And once that was over, it was back to the bus to continue the parade, which was led through the streets by Zulu dancers and a police entourage.

Screaming schoolchildren became even more frantic when the Sharks threw their caps into the crowd.

“It is easy for us to forget about the support while the campaign is ongoing, so to see the city come out like this today really means so much to us,” said Charl McLeod, the Sharks’ two-try hero from Saturday night.

On his role in the 33-19 win over Western Province, McLeod was modest, but said that it was one of the finest moments of his career.

“It’s right up there. Newlands was so loud and to be able to do what we did in front of their supporters makes this even more special,” he said.

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