Rugby World Cup in the Land of the Rising Sun
Lifestyle Sep 02, 2019
It’s the big event rugby fans the world over go moggy for every four years. The challenge of the planet’s best players against each other for the trophy. Who has the chance to get it this year?
Well, according to the experts, the leading cause of hopes-and-dreams death, the All-Blacks, are not up to par as they always had been in the past. Meanwhile most of the other teams seem to be on equal footing. In other words, it’s anybody’s game.
In fact, it may even go to plucky little Japan. The Japanese have proven themselves to be real contenders on the field, and they have homefield advantage.
This nation is one of warriors, with an epic history dating thousands of years of fearsome battles of a different kind.
Their Samurai were renowned swordsmen who were fearless in the face of death – and brimming with courage who would even take on insurmountable odds rather than live a life of disgrace.
And let us remember, we over confidently went into a match with them at the last world cup and got our behinds handed to us with a karate kick. Not our finest hour.
Japanese tradition is not just one of disciplined, deadly warriors. They’re also known for a hospitality we’re sure to see come September. For one thing, the Tea Ceremony is a sacred rite for the Japanese and a one where understanding is sought between two sides.
Sadly, as it will be autumn that time of year, our rugby players and supporters will miss out on the cherry blossom season; it’s the most beautiful time of year in that island(s) country. Pink cherry blossoms flower from the sakura tree, and cast a beautiful colour over the land.
So while our boys have a steady chance at victory of the battlefields of Japan, they must not underestimate their enemies. But fight with the courage and discipline of a samurai swinging his katana sword at multiple assailants. Only then do we have a real opportunity to bring back glory to our homeland from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Fixtures to note:
The opening game, as is tradition, will be the host nation – Japan vs Russia. It’ll be an interesting battle as they often fight against each other for top spot in Olympics Judo. How will they fare in the opening match? It’s hard to say. The Russians are big boys and built tough. But the Japanese team have spirit and homefield advantage.
For those more interested in what our own boys will be up to, this is the layout:
We’re in Pool B. This puts us with the likes of Italy, Namibia, Canada, and – dun dun duuuuuun! – the All-Blacks.
In fact, we’ll be facing them (the Kiwis) in our very first match on 21 September, which will be at 11: 45 our time (and 18:45 Japanese time). It’s a Saturday, so nobody has to take time off in what will possibly be the tone-setter for the entire contest for us. If we can beat them in the first game, then our confidence levels will be at an all-time time.
One of the issues with the Springboks, and South African teams in general, is we get very defeatist if we suffer a loss or two. We find it hard to pick ourselves up again and dust ourselves off. So this match will be pivotal.
The following Saturday, at the same time, we’ll be taking on Namibia – our neighbours. Depending on our morale on the day, we should easily win this one. Though it might be close.
On Friday 4 October, you may want to visit the doctor for a sick note (cough cough, spring flu, weird huh?). That’s because we’ll be going up again Italy at 11:45. Remember, the Italians are lovers, not fighters, so we have a chance. Recommended dish for the event: pizza with boerewors on it. Perfect for the occasion!
What you won’t need a sick note for is Tuesday 8 October, being close to mid-week, for the South Africa vs. Canada match, which will be at 12:15.
Our prediction? The New Zealand match is too close too call. It might even end in a draw like the match in Wellington did in late July. It’ll be a darn tough match though.
Overall, provided we keep our mental fortitude up, we’ll be swinging and winning through the rest of our pool. Taking us to the knockout stages, either in first or second place. The chance we’ll be knocked out early is unlikely.
Show your support!
But just in case, make sure to be on social media sending words of encouragement to the Boks. Do that by wearing this year’s Bok rugby jersey, which you can get at Sportsmans Warehouse or Totalsports. Visit the mall today, and get your jersey on! We need the support of fans like you! Perhaps even get a rugby ball while you’re at it.
Or maybe the best support is in person. It might not be too late to get tickets to the games. If so, fly down to Japan in style: book your seat at Flight Centre, they may have package deals available.
If you’re unable to get to the game, upgrade your TV to really make the spectacle come to live – visit Incredible Connection and see the latest Ultra High Definition TVs they have on offer.
And make the action come alive as the Springboks battle it out in the land of the Samurai.
Closer to the time, keep at eye on www.supersport.co.za for further details about the game and up-to-date news regarding it.