Springbok poem goes viral: FIND A WAY – by Steve Hall
Springbok fan and motivational speaker Steve Hall’s latest ode to the Springboks has gone viral. Here’s the video and a full transcript…
Springbok fan and motivational speaker STEVE HALL (whose Siyabonga Springboks poem went viral in 2019) has penned another brilliant ode to the Springboks: TO FIND A WAY… after the Bokke won 3 games in a row by one point to win the Rugby World Cup. Go Bokke, Go South Africa!
SAPeople posted the video yesterday of Steve reading his poem to family and friends late on Saturday night, and it’s gone totally viral around the world, capturing the spirit and passion of the team and the country (and with some great advice for SA’s government!). Here’s a full transcript of the poem, and the video is below:
FIND A WAY – Full Transcript –
By STEVE HALL
Four years ago, things were not quite the same
As we earned a great victory and reached Rugby world’s fame
There was no Covid pandemic and no ChatGPT
We had to think for ourselves and walk the streets free.
It seems like the blink of an eye – and those four years have passed
Though tough times still linger while the good times fly fast
But life’s for the living and we should cherish what’s pleasant
And it’s moments like this where we live in the present.
For this team, these Springboks, OUR Green and Gold
Have shown such courage, to stand up and be bold
They’ve stood proud in the media and on the field of play
When all has looked lost, they’ve still found a way!
In the last few weeks all our nerves have been shattered
But THRICE in a row, they’ve found the one point which mattered
When the waters around us have looked a dark shade of brown
There’ve been moments of magic, like Cheslin’s charge down!
And all through this Cup, our boys have stood tall
We’ve asked them for miracles and they’ve answered our call
We could not ask for more from this brave Rugby team
Who have flown our flag high and kept our rainbow dream.
The Rugby world’s moaned at our Seven – One split
And we’ve been bombarded by drivel from that TikTok Brit twit
The Six Nations verstaan nie, want hulle het nie gesweet nie
En Drikus, dis waar, “Hulle weet nie wat ons weet nie”!!
No quarter was asked and no quarter was given
And from the first kick off we looked determined and driven
A sad blow for Bongi who left the field in great pain
And fourteen tackles from Pieter-Stef*, and a red card for Cane.
Would we see some touches of a strange Déjà vu?
That this time last time, the same score would be true!
With real dogged defence and four Pollard kicks
And again, the half time scoreboard read Twelve points to Six!
It’s all been too much – A Nations nerves have been blown
But the Cup’s coming home! We’ve made it our own!
Not even Cheslin could bear to watch or to look
But back to Bok victories are now in our history book!
If only our politicians could find such a way
To bring us out of the night and into the light of the day
In another of our languages, we could say they’re off ‘sides’
As they make their own people pay for all of their greedy free rides.
But South Africans dig deep, it is just who we are
Just throw us more curve balls, and we’ll still bat them far
We’ve learned to dance in the rain and make solutions from trouble
Now let’s watch our Proteas bring home the double !!
You Bokke left it all out there, you emptied your tanks
And we owe you so much, Sixty Two million Thanks
You men of the Springbok have given us a time to believe
And next World Cup’s jersey will need a much longer sleeve!
You’ve done it for us, for South Africa’s sakes
For three weeks in a row, One point’s all it takes
No matter what happens, and no matter the weather
We’ll always find ways – because we are Stronger Together!
By Steve Hall
*PS The final count of PSdT tackles stood at 28 and not 14 – but as this poem was written in the moment, the half time count was 14!!
It was heroic stuff by the entire team!!