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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Major buzzkill as bees delay Currie Cup Semi Final kick off

Major buzzkill as bees delay Currie Cup Semi Final kick off

There was a quite bizarre occurrence in Durban earlier today as the kick-off for the first semi final of the Currie Cup, to be played by the Sharks and the Blue Bulls, was delayed due to a swarm of bees invading the field. This is a short report of the scenes prematch.

The players had run out onto the pitch in front of 40 000 expectant fans but it soon became apparent that a swarm of bees had been disturbed and it became unsafe for the game to continue. The game was delayed while a frantic effort was made to find the source and get rid of the bees.

Eventually the players, after standing around aimlessly for a good 5 minutes, went up the tunnel to relax in the safety of the change rooms.

Smoke machines and leaf blowers were used as clearly there was no resident beekeeper to be found. It was all a bit chaotic and a delay that brought back memories of the rain delayed 1995 World Cup semi final between the Springboks and France at the same venue.

Eventually things settled down and while some of the bees were removed manually, others were scared off with smoke, and the rest seemed to settle on small palm trees that were then placed on the sides of the field.

The game kicked off 40 minutes late, causing the second semi final to also be pushed back, but there was no sign of the bees again and not too much harm done, bar the occasional sting, and some very bad puns flying around the ground.

Posted at 2:29 pm | 21 comments

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Anonymous October 16, 2010 4:37 pm

yaarr i beeee the first to comment!

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Anonymous October 16, 2010 4:37 pm

first

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Anonymous October 16, 2010 4:41 pm

ohh pipd at the post by the bee man

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Anonymous October 16, 2010 4:41 pm

ohh pipd at the post by the bee man

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Anonymous October 16, 2010 7:24 pm

bulls bee very sad on bus home!!

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Anonymous October 16, 2010 10:20 pm

Maybe they were attracted by the vuvuzelas?

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HwA October 16, 2010 10:36 pm

well done to the guy on the side line "i have a bee on my eye i dont know if i am allergic". My god i would be crapping myself

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Philip October 17, 2010 12:36 am

Oh bee-have!

lol

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Anonymous October 17, 2010 12:38 am

BRYAN HABANAAAAA

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Anonymous October 17, 2010 1:57 am

Bees? I don't beelieve it!

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AndyMo October 17, 2010 7:14 am

These are the 'African killer bees' as popularised by US movies and television. Of course for us theyre just normal.

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Anonymous October 17, 2010 6:56 pm

i would hate to bee south african

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cheyanqui October 18, 2010 2:10 am

AndyMo,

I remember the "political correctness" of these "agressive", "killer" bees being called "Africanized" bees, whilst the "European" bees were not.

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kabous October 18, 2010 7:43 am

Sharks brought their B team

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Anonymous October 18, 2010 12:06 pm

Buzz off with these stinging comments

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Dr October 18, 2010 1:37 pm

Actually the "Killer" or "Africanized" bees are a hybrid species create by south american (started in brazil) bee keepers by mixing european and african species (from tanzania) together to get the best traits out of both. In there natural habitat african bees are not dangerous. "AfricanIZED" bees live in the AMERICA not Africa.

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Benson October 18, 2010 2:23 pm

Dr, so allergic people in South Africa don't swell up and face possible death when stung multiple times by bees there?? I beg to differ.

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Belgian Dave October 19, 2010 12:07 am

what's happening with the match resume, they shouldn't bee preventing good rugby viewing!!

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Anonymous October 29, 2010 11:29 am

What's the name of the commentator on the sideline?

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Greiffel October 29, 2010 12:53 pm

^ Darren Scott

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