It’s Saturday afternoon, the streets are quiet but the smell of sizzling meat lingers. If you’re visiting Cape Town and wondering what happened to everyone, just drop by your nearest bar and you’ll find South Africans glued to the TV screen. Saturdays have long been reserved for rugby matches and supporters know all too well that that means everything else pauses for 40 minutes. So, if you’re in Cape Town and want to get in on the rugby culture, here’s the rugby supporter starter kit to get you there
Cape Town is home to avid rugby supporters who don’t take the game lightly. South African families are united by the team they support. With the upcoming Cape Town Rugby Sevens on everyone’s calendar this year, you’ll need to get yourself in the spirit to truly enjoy the experience.
For the rest of the world, a braai (barbeque) is an age old tradition on a weekend. For most, families get together and enjoy hamburgers outdoors. But for South Africans, to braai means a lot more than just sizzling meat on an open fire. It’s become an institution. Whether or not the weather outside is accommodating- South Africans will find any excuse to start a fire and cook up some steaks, especially on rugby day. To truly get into the rugby spirit; go to your nearest Checkers and grab some boerewors. Don’t forget the coals and firelighters. You’ll need to get the fire started before the national anthem is sung. Now you have the first part of your starter kit ready.
This part of the starter kit is considered of utmost importance. You’ll need to equip yourself with the popular drinks to enjoy during the game. Beer is acceptable but not just any beer. Grab a six pack of cold Castle Lager (never Castle Lite). The South African beer of choice. Secondly, if you’re not much of a beer drinker, the an alternative is the Klipdrift Brandy and coke combination, known as the branners. These two drinks are sure to give everyone a buzz and brace yourself as supporters begin cursing the referee.
You might think that supporting any team currently on the field is a good idea. Think again. Who you support is key. If you’re not well versed in the ins and outs of the rugby arena, when in South Africa, do as South Africans do and support the Bokke! You simply can’t go wrong. Wear a Springbok jersey regardless of whether they’re playing or not. This will save you from having to enter into debate with the drunk die hard supporters of other teams.
Whether you’re watching the game at a friend’s house or sitting at the stadium, you’ll need to stock up on some delicious South African snacks for the rugby game. Your cooler box should include:
Rugby brings together communities and friends. It unites people from all walks of life. Remember that when you’re invited to a Saturday with friends for a rugby game, those are friends you’ll keep forever. Now you can get your starter kit together and join the Rugby family! Vineyard Car Hire offers affordable and reliable car hire service that is sure to get you to and from any rugby game in the Mother City. Don’t miss out on the action!