Aplon divides his hometown

2010-07-06 22:34

JJ Harmse

Auckland – Gio Aplon’s home town of Hawston will be united in their backing of their favourite son when the Springboks play the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday.

While some of the inhabitants of the small coastal town support the All Blacks, they will cheer Aplon on when he has the ball tucked under his arm.

“You could say I have divided the town,” Aplon laughed in the team’s hotel in the build-up to the biggest game of his life.

“There is a group of people in the Cape that traditionally support the All Blacks and some of them are in Hawston. I have friends among them, but they have promised that if I get the ball, they will turn their backs on the All Blacks at that moment and cheer me on. Fortunately my family are dedicated Springbok supporters,” said Aplon.

He had to answer a number of political questions from local reporters on Tuesday, but he stepped through it as impressively as he has jinked his way through most of the defensive patterns that he has had to face.

Aplon admitted that he would be much more comfortable fielding a high kick from Dan Carter than some of the questions. He knows it will be a special day to run out against the All Blacks.

“I will never forget the day I played for the Springboks for the first time and sang then anthem (against Wales). It was also special when I scored two tries in front of my home crowd against France. But my team-mates tell me this one, Saturday against the All Blacks, is the big one.”

Aplon is likely to be an impact player off the bench and he can’t wait.

“It’s the All Blacks in Auckland – their actual home field. To face the Haka and accept the challenge, what more can you ask for in your career,” said Aplon.

He is relatively happy with his form to date at Test level.

“In some games the play goes in your direction more than in others, so it’s difficult to know exactly what to expect. But I believe in making the most of your opportunities, so hopefully I can grab them if they come my way,” said Aplon.

The former Sevens Springbok won’t mind if some space opens up for him.

“There is reasonable freedom to play the way you want, but the team always comes first. Counter-attacking is one thing, but it won’t happen if your positional play is not good,” said Aplon.

Aplon believes the manner in which the Stormers’ backs played this year was a contributing factor to him becoming a Test player.

“I can honestly say that my only goal this year was to make the Stormers’ starting line-up and stay there,” said Aplon.

“Fortunately the team performed well and a few guys were rewarded for that. And here I’m waiting to play the All Blacks.”

  • Rugga - 2010-07-06 22:55

    Please please please bring JP Pietersen back! Aplon not good enough!!

  • Brad - 2010-07-06 23:30

    It is a sin that in this day and age we still have local people of colour supporting the All Blacks!! Grow up people!!!

  • James - 2010-07-06 23:42

    Sad that even some of his mates supprt the All Blacks. Shows either the inbred hatred or lack of loyalty. The sooner that generation moves on the better. If you can't support the Boks after the changes to our govt then you don't deserve to be a part of it.

  • rugbyfan - 2010-07-06 23:48

    If these idiots want to support the AB's, then why don't they f off to the small island. We want only bok supporters in this country.

  • Marc - 2010-07-07 00:23

    People who support a foreign side over a SA side should be deported!! Imagine if a bunch of Afrikaaners decided to support Holland when they played Bafana. That would cause an outcry!!

  • mark - 2010-07-07 03:11

    Those cape coloureds who support the all blacks can be compared to a disposable femanine clensing product one might use on a summers eve....and the bag it came with!!!

  • boela - 2010-07-07 05:21

    Never knew there were so many NZlanders in the Westren Cape, even in Hawston?

  • nonsupporter - 2010-07-07 05:37

    Just as South Africans of all hues were castigated by folks for not supporting Banana Bafumble so should these "non-patriotic" South Africans be. WTF not suppoort your own country!?

  • Pierre - 2010-07-07 06:30

    Another one of those patheticso called traditions. Do these sclowns think the All Blacks have respect for people that do not have respect for themselves? Grow up, support the Springboks as true South Africans supported Bafana. Loyalty comes from two sides.

  • dubloki - 2010-07-07 07:14

    Local supporters of the All Blacks, sis on you.

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-07-07 07:44

    Gio, the MAN!!!! Gio MUST be in the starting 15 on Saturday, I've got no doubt in my mind that he will be the right choice!!

  • E - 2010-07-07 07:51

    1stly I love Aplol, he is exciting, but have to say... Typical. South Africans supporting the All Blacks is not SA'cans. Please get out of our country. We don't need you here.

  • Tank - 2010-07-07 08:00

    Kan nie glo daar is nog mense wat so klein is om vir die AB te skree nie, ek kyk maar net hoe het die land agter Bafana gestaan met die swc wit en swart. Ek het n paar boere gesien met n sa flag op sy bakkie ,wat is nog fout met die mense wat so in die verlede leef. Kry n lewe man

  • Bernard - 2010-07-07 08:03

    Go Appels! Make us proud. Show them that you got into the Bok-team purely on talent. Go Bokke!

  • Sipho - 2010-07-07 08:08

    In the old SA they weren't white enough, now they aren't black enough and so they support the All Blacks, it's because SA do not acknowledge us. I understand but don't cut your nose to spite your face.

  • Baas - 2010-07-07 08:11

    Cape Town All Black supporters think they are related to the Maori's... duhhh!!!! It is a racial obsession!

  • WTF - 2010-07-07 08:12

    En dan word daar gese die BB ondersteuners is common, kyk weer. Klomp geelbek rasiste

  • Navarac - 2010-07-07 08:19

    Before the Blue Bulls v Stormers idiots start to rant, guys, please remember that there is "freedom of choice" when one chooses to watch a sport. Any reasonable person wouldn't blame certain sections of Sa for supporting the AB's. Go Bokke!

  • Mandy - 2010-07-07 08:41

    South African "supporters" have yet again shown how fickle they are. He is a Springbok and deservedly so. How can you call yourself a true supporter if you continiously practice armchair criticism in spite of what the stats say?

  • Koos Kaap - 2010-07-07 08:45

    Ondersteun die All Blacks? Dit is dom. Amper so dom as om die Bulls te ondersteun

  • Markus - 2010-07-07 08:48

    What about all the Bok fans who have emigrated to NZ cheering the Bokke when they play the All Blacks? How's that for loyalty to your newly adopted country!

  • Dave - 2010-07-07 08:48

    Gio will win them over. Enough of the negative comments. us whites can only blame ourselves for losing support for our national team. its so much better now. AMABOKKO BOKKO BOKKO!!! Moer the All Blacks. GO boys.

  • sipho - 2010-07-07 08:54


  • Cop out - 2010-07-07 09:07

    The reason they support the All Blacks is the same reason they all support Man-U. The tradition sits in that is easier to support a team that is more likely to win than one that is more likely to lose. So basically it is just a cop out.

  • fraud - 2010-07-07 09:11

    People, sport is very political. For some blacks/coloureds, the boks represent Afrikaners and the former oppressive government, which is why they would rather support the All Blacks. The same goes for whites who refuse to support Bafana because to them Bafana only represents the very same black people they hate, and they don't want to associate with a sport reserved only for slaves and servants. Obviously at some point both these groups of people will need to grow up and stop denying reality. Unfortunately these mindsets won't be quick to eradicate.

  • Bulls fan forever - 2010-07-07 09:12

    What a buck of idiotic losers!!!! Your own country before anything else. Don't come with freedom of choice kak, if you are a SA citizen you should support SA. What in the RWC next year then, will these palookas not support SA? What utter pampoene !!!

  • EG - 2010-07-07 09:24

    Aplon!! Pure talent, behoort in starting line-up.

  • realist - 2010-07-07 09:26

    Hey Sipho - get a life and by the way that little key on the left of the keyboad was down ! There is a name for people like you but please dont be so negative all of your misrable existance.

  • @sipho - 2010-07-07 09:32

    Your caps lock is on.

  • CapeTownJunk - 2010-07-07 09:34

    People have the right to support whichever sports teams they choose. To threaten them with deportation because of their choice of favourite sports team is draconian and ludicrous. But, having said that, the pro-All Blacks community's stance needs to get called for what it is: a childish act of spiteful defiance against an old enemy that no longer threatens them. Spite which is now aimed at all their compatriots, making unwanted and unneeded enemies out of them. Seriously, I may respect your right to support whomever you want, but that respect is totally eclipsed by my utter contempt for your petulant and sociopathic motivation for making that choice.

  • Shrek - 2010-07-07 09:36

    Ag Sipho, get over yourself. Why dont you go and have a cup of tea with Julius and moan about whites

  • Dodger - 2010-07-07 09:41

    let them support who they want to, watch the movie "Invictus" it will help explain why some groups support the All Blacks. I can't wait for this weekends clash, Go Bokke!

  • Steve - 2010-07-07 10:10

    The Cape All Black community was never part of Saru. We have no place their. After unity the All Whites just ignored the Coloured community. They hate Rose, Bolla, Quinten Davids, Ricky January, and many more cause we are quota players. They don’t respect us, although we are the majority. We as coloured are not recognize in SA Rugby.

  • its called FREEDOM of CHOICE! - 2010-07-07 10:44

    If i choose to support the all blacks, that's my damn choice! its a damn sport! grow a brain.

  • Bambi the Bok - 2010-07-07 11:08

    sorry to hear this sentiment still exists. i am white and think our players are awesome. there are a few white and black players that don't do it for me. Sorry Sipho that you think hate still exists!! Thats just so sad. i think most people are past hating, except the xenophobes if there is such a word. I think Aplon is awesome. i also like Nokwe and can see a guy like Ralaphele progressing so well. If people don't like certain players its just because they believe there is a better player out there, like who can deny Fourie Du Preez is the best? NZ would love to have capped him first!

  • Joe@sipho - 2010-07-07 11:15

    Get over yourself and grow up. You say people should renew their thoughts...well you should be 1st in line. All the good to unite SA during the World Cup is being undone by idiots like you. I am a proud South african, and an Afrikaner on top of that. i hardly watch soccer, yet i supported our national team in every game. i wore my shirt with pride and blew the vuvuzela on the streets with black and white. this is not about the past, but the future. yes, there is freedom to support who you want to but surely you should be proud of the national team....else go somewhere else! i have been to many rugby games and i have never seen hatred towards non im not sure from which planet you are from.

  • @@Sipho - 2010-07-07 11:28

    Dear Sipho I truly feel for my fellow South Africans who will be supporting the All Blacks on Saturday, It is never nice to support a losing side after all. Best of luck with your political endeavours. I personally feel to refer to current Boks such as Habana, De Jongh, Appels and Beast as quota players is a insult not to the players, but to your own intellect. You could however still call Ricky January a quota without placing yourself in a bad light.

  • Ant - 2010-07-07 11:34

    Well done Gio! Great rugby player and it seems a great person too.

  • SA Fan - 2010-07-07 11:44

    Why must it alwasy be a race thing, I LOVE SA RUGBY, and yes Im not a white afrikaaner, but maybe the people support NZ cause of their style of play, maybe it has nothing to do with race. DO NOT MIX POLITICS WITH SPORTS YOU IDIOTS, just play the game and support your COUNRTY

  • Tiger - 2010-07-07 12:08

    @ Steve ...... you sound like you are coloured, cant play rugby and want to blame it on someone else ...... I played against a lot of coloured guys and some of them were great and got where they wanted to be and some of them stabbed me ....... I am white, played brilliant rugby and never got anywhere too ...... who can I blame??? Leave your racist comments for an audience that still care ....... move on and let your kids experience the new South Africa where at my son's school everybody from every ethnic group gets the same treatment ...... and if you still not happy ...... go do something constuctive and start a campaign to save the coloured and complain on the correct platform. And just so we are clear ........ respect is earned my friend ...... and maybe because those names you mention was quota players, people did not respect them ....... and is also the reason you do not mention the GREAT coloured players of past and present because they PLAY GOOD rugby, are there on MERIT and EARN the respect of everyone, and lastly I think they would probably call you an idiot ....... I did not say it, cuz that would be "racist". Go on support the All Blacks .... see if we care!!!

  • antie Gary Owen - 2010-07-07 12:08

    Alhoewel die Springbokke die huidige wereld -en drie-nasie kampioene is, ondersteun sekere rugbyliefhebbers in die Wes- Kaap nie die span omdat hulle al die jare ''n patetiese vorm van rugby speel naamlik 'Hoogskop en Storm'.Springbokrugby is om dit eenvoudig te stel onaantreklik, voorspelbaar en bowenal vervelig.

  • satire - 2010-07-07 12:10

    Sipho, you are an idiot. Have a look at SA Rugby, Coloured representation all over the place. It's the black ethnic South Africans that are marginalized by the rugby community. Why do you think Beast was denied his place in the bok set up,...Black! And who was in his position,..a coloured! suppose you can ony blame yourself for been a minority without a place in society!

  • Rich - 2010-07-07 12:48

    I am a Huge Bok supporter. But I do understand why people support the All blacks and Australia above SA. I have close friends that has moved all over the country to play rugby in different provinces. WP, Boland, Bulls(stupid), Lions and Leopards and the guys are still being treaded in the same way coloured were 20 - 30 years ago... We had brilliant coloured players then that could not play because of colour and now the same things happen, but it is being done quitly. So stop judging people before you know the facts...

  • antie Gary Owen - 2010-07-07 13:02

    Even though the Springboks are the current world cup holders and tri-nations champions some rugby- lovers in the western cape dont support them because the Boks plays a pathatic form of rugby namely 'Highkick and Chase',which is predictable and just plain BORING.

  • Vannie Kaap - 2010-07-07 13:46

    Ek is volbloed kleurling en so ook n volbloed Springbok, Bafana, Protea, alle SA golfspelers op oorsee se Golfbane en tuis, en so ook alle ander sport wat SA atlete aan deel neem, en ek gee nie n hel om wat hulle kleur of geslag is nie. You go Caster Semenya. So Sipho kak n baksteen en bou n huis en steek jou self daarin weg.

  • Vannie Kaap - 2010-07-07 13:48

    Ek is volbloed kleurling en so ook n volbloed Springbok, Bafana, Protea, alle SA golfspelers op oorsee se Golfbane en tuis, en so ook alle ander sport wat SA atlete aan deel neem, en ek gee nie n hel om wat hulle kleur of geslag is nie. You go Caster Semenya. So Sipho kak n baksteen en bou n huis en steek jou self daarin weg.

  • @Sipho - 2010-07-07 14:06

    u are still stuck in the dark age's and will never see daylight, please remove those cheap robot glasses as your view is very dull not to mention that it boder's on stupid. The Bafana team were lucky to have played 1 game in the SWC, the only reason why they did was the fact that we are the host nation. Leave the politic's for once in your life you Dumb ass prick...

  • Ulli Smit dividdes SA - 2010-07-07 17:10

    A black man will never play for the Springboks. He actually used the K-word. I just cleaned it up. This might explain why some even educated Cape Coloureds eg. Trevor Manual supported the All Blacks. Personally I'm a Bok Supporter. Just ease up on the judgement. You still have idiots who don't support Bafana "Bafumble" as some d**s commented.

  • jacktheripper - 2010-07-07 19:29

    I'm a white South African who support Australia because of political reasons. I've been trying to immigrate to Australia but it's litterally getting harder each month if you are not a professional or you don't have a family sponsor in that country. I think there are plenty more like me who would love to get out but can't.

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