A tweet from a foreign journalist commending South African fans for their awesome sportsmanship, after yesterday’s shock 32-34 loss against Japan at the Rugby World Cup in the UK, has gone viral.
Olly Barratt, a TV and radio correspondent based in London, sent several tweets from the history-making match between South Africa and Japan yesterday.
At the end of the nailbiting match he posted a video of the scene in the stadium (see below), and then, upon leaving the grounds, he wrote: “Amazing from SA fans as we leave Brighton, congratulating Japan supporters for their team’s performance, shaking their hands. #RSAvJPN.”
It was enough to make one feel very #ProudlySouthAfrican.
But it didn’t end there. Fifteen minutes later he posted the Tweet that’s gone viral: “Train pulls into Brighton, SA fans insist Japan supporters get off first, give them a guard of honour and cheer them off. Amazing day.”
Isn’t that awesome? #GoBokkeFans! And judging from most of the messages received by SAPeople, Bok fans are not giving up on their team…
Messages of support from SAPeople Bokke fans:
Sinead Colyn in Ballyclare, United Kingdom:
“Go Bokke ?????? Win or lose. I still support South Africa number 1!!!”
Lindie Marshall & Family:
“GO GO BOKKE”
Narendra Rangi Singh:
“WE ARE WITH YOU THROUGH THICK & THIN..WE 100%.#BOKSUPPORT. YOU CAN RELY ON US TO BE WITH YOU THROUGH YOUR DARKEST HOUR…WE WILL OVERCOME…AMANDLA!!!”
“I took a little time out this morning and had a little fun. Walt Whitman, I apologise for adapting your beautiful words to suit my purpose. In my 20+ years in advertising I had the privilege of being able to support the Boks in a very personal way. Although I’m not in the industry anymore, I still support them all the way.
“Let’s get behind the Boks, let’s start a movement of positive energy towards the team, the management and support staff. #HomeGroundAdvantage #RWC2015…”
Train pulls into Brighton, SA fans insist Japan supporters get off first, give them a guard of honour and cheer them off. Amazing day.
— Olly Barratt (@ollybarratt) September 19, 2015
Olly’s video of scenes at the end of the Japan v RSA match
Olly interviewing Japanese fans after their victory against South Africa
Video for Channel News Asia
Japan score a shock 34-32 victory against heavyweights South Africa in the Rugby World Cup. Channel Newsasia’s Olly Barratt speaks with Japanese fans post-game. http://bit.ly/1Om1gYX
Posted by Channel NewsAsia on Saturday, September 19, 2015