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Saturday, June 27, 2009

British & Irish Lions fans on tour - Scrum Safari

British & Irish Lions fans on tour - Scrum Safari

An estimated 30 000 British & Irish Lions fans will squeeze into Loftus Versfeld this afternoon for the second Test against the hosts, the Springboks. While it's predominantly a rugby tour, for those fans, it's been a holiday like no other.

Touring South Africa is a great experience, with or without rugby. Obviously going with a whole hoard of rugby supporters, all following the same side, makes it that much more enjoyable.

Fancy dress has been rife, as the red tide of Lions supporters washed into Durban last week dressed in all sorts of atire. From full military uniforms with white pith helmets, to super hero get-up, they've made an effort to have a laugh and keep the spirits high. Some have even taken to wearing the local Zulu outfits, complete with shields.

A bottle of beer was never far off either, often shared with South African fans while standing around a braai (barbecue).

The atmosphere has been great, with the experience of being on a Lions tour being second to none. No matter what's happened on the pitch, these men and ladies have enjoyed every minute of their time in the country.

This great feature from the BBC shows us the side of a rugby tour that we dont often get to see, as they show us what goes on behind the scenes with the fans as they move around the country.


Time: 06:14
Note: Thanks to the BBC.

Posted at 2:00 pm | 13 comments

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jacobo June 27, 2009 12:37 pm

funny , phil vickery is the piggy in the middle !!!

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Anonymous June 27, 2009 2:03 pm

robert's dad.. world's best unibrow

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David June 27, 2009 3:24 pm

Ronan O'Gara... i haven't the words..
total MORON!

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bigox June 27, 2009 3:58 pm

I'm honestly not a biased Lions supporter but I can't help but think O'Gara was hard done by:

He decided he wasn't going to contest in the air (not surprisingly) so he stood his ground as best he could (momentum took him forward into the Springbok who was jumping into him more than O'Gara was going into him). He put him his shoulder to protect himself...you can't say he should have used his arms because that would have been a penalty for tackling a man in the air.

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Anonymous June 27, 2009 4:06 pm

O'Gara is the world's best tackler. Watch his last 50 games. gets handed off 100% of the time. He's scared of contact thats disgraceful

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Anonymous June 27, 2009 4:26 pm

Doesn't matter. The TMO screwed the Lions to start with.

If it wasn't for the try call for what wasn't a try, O Gara wouldn't have been in a position where a penalty kick cost us the game.

TMO was disgraceful

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Anonymous June 27, 2009 4:37 pm

o'gara should hav made the tackle, video ref had a shocker - clearly in touch, and then o'gara's brain left the stadium....

fair play tho, Huge balls to make that last penalty

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Anonymous June 27, 2009 5:21 pm

Oh, here we go...you b&i fans take the cake for the MOANERS of the centuary!!! TMO,REF...What next - blaming the grass???? GET OVER IT, BOKS 2 - LIONS 0!!!!!

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Anonymous June 27, 2009 5:26 pm

Injuries are part of any sport and to blame it on that is just as dumb as blaming the TMO or ref!!!! Oh, yeah but these are the b&i fans...anythings poss!!!
WELL PLAYED WORLD CHAMPS!!! BRIL HOW YOU CAME BACK INTO THE GAME!!!What I love about the BOKS is that they NEVER give up!!! (And this from a KIWI fan!!!)

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mise June 27, 2009 5:59 pm

First thing first: Well done to the Boks. Great comeback, probably would have won the last match considering how many injuries the small Lions squad had, even if it went to a third match of consequence.

And again, great comeback.

Everyone, yes even the soft green hairy fruits, compain about the ref and what might have been (WC 2007 vs France and the _related_ OTT reaction to the 'muggin' this week anyone?)

Usually, its justified!

I can't think of what the ref did that was unfair on SA. However, re the Lions:

Burger: simple straight red. Cf Quinlan or Neil Best's treatment. Especially considering that the touchjudge _actually saw_ it. Just because its the first minute doesn't mean it didn't happen. This sort of decision is one last vestiges of shoddy (_Not noble_) amateurism in the game, and hopefully it will move on soon. Bad bad call that defined the match.

Foot in touch for try : Yes - am I missing something here (hopefully I am!)?

Someone with more knowledge please put me at ease on this one: uncontested scrums: do the 8 have to stay down ,or can they all pop up permanently for a look:? SA did that _constantly_ Lions didn't once. Essentially they (SA) had a distinct advantage doing this., as they were up and looking and ready to pounce, which the Lions were buiried like big bird ostriches in the incontested scrums. Either the ref was wrong or the Lions were naive/underinformed. Someone inform me on what's supposed to happen in this situation. Please.

Otherwise!
great contest: first half performance by the Lions was great
Kearney - what a monster!
Redefined the full back into a permanent attacking soccer-style goalkeeper. (If that makes sense). Every test moment of his has been top notch.

Scrum change into uncontested was a Lions disaster.

ROG: incredibly bad decision!
tough Ref decision, but Rodge...painfully bad and unfathomable decision to even risk it. Great kick thou.

OK I'm biased but I reckon the Irish or the welsh could take the Boks on their own. Leamy, Quinlan, Jennings, Ferris, Best and Heaslip to choose from in the backrow. Bring it!

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iyyturtain June 28, 2009 8:07 pm

very nice filmmovie! very nice to see that! please more filmmovies like this please

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Muuuuu June 30, 2009 10:10 pm

South African steaks, best thing I've ever tasted !

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Martac July 02, 2009 1:26 pm

very nice video, what's the music name :D ?

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