Do it for Msholozi, Captain Smit

2011-08-27 15:24

On Sunday, September 11, the Springboks will troop on to the pitch of the stadium in Wellington to defend their International Rugby Board World Cup title against Wales.Coach Peter de Villiers has selected 30 men to deliver the goods.

While the ambitious players have set personal goals for themselves – John Smit hopes to be the first captain to hoist the trophy in successive World Cups and Odwa Ndungane hopes to earn a winner’s medal, just like his twin brother Akona did in 2007, to become the only twins in the world to achieve this feat – teamwork is crucial.

When South Africans watch the games against Wales, Namibia, Fiji and Samoa, they will not be looking out for individual players but the entire Springbok team.

A nation as passionate about sports as South Africa expects nothing short of seeing the boys in green and gold not only march into Eden Park on October 23, but so do with the first prize.

Images of Ellis Park 1995 and Stade de France 2007, when Francois Pienaar and Smit lifted the coveted Webb Ellis trophy, still resonate.

Pienaar did it for Madiba, Smit did it for Mbeki, so the question on everyone’s lips is: can Smit do it again, this time for Msholozi?

We believe in the squad Div has selected.

All we can do now is huddle together in that spirit of ­camaraderie and sing Shosholoza, Hamba Nathi Mkhululi wethu while chanting Niyabesaba na? To which the Boks must respond: Hhayi ­asibesabi, siyabafuna!

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