Heroes’ welcome for victorious Sharks

2013-10-28 00:00

YOU’D think that success at such a young age might change a person, but Sharks flyhalf Pat Lambie (23) remains as humble as ever despite being heavily instrumental in his side’s Currie Cup triumph on Saturday.

Softly spoken, the Springbok was in high demand at King Shaka International yesterday afternoon as the victorious Sharks returned from Cape Town where they upset the odds to beat Western Province and win their first trophy in the John Smit era.

The Sharks, all sporting huge smiles, were greeted by hundreds of Durbanites clad in their black and white gear who had made their way to the domestic arrivals terminal at noon.

The roar was deafening as captain Keegan Daniel, cradling the trophy, led his troops through a tunnel of frenzied fans alongside veteran Jacques Botes.

“Thanks so much,” Lambie politely responded countless times as men and women of all ages directed their congratulations his way.

“It’s good to be back home,” commented an elated Bismarck du Plessis with a Sharks flag hoisted high above his head.

There was time for a quick meet and greet outside the airport, where men turned into boys as they got their various paraphernalia signed by their desired players — Lambie in particular being summoned for countless photographs.

“It is you supporters who let us do what we do, so thank you,” newly appointed CEO John Smit said when addressing the masses just outside King Shaka’s entrance.

“But the real heroes are the men who were on that field putting their bodies on the line.”

“You guys [the supporters] have been with us since week one and we worked really hard to bring this [Currie Cup trophy] back home for you,” said Daniel, sparking another rapturous round of applause.

“This is not about one man. This is about a team and a squad and together we made it happen.”

A victory parade through the streets of Durban is expected this week.

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