Watching the team head out to training is still one of those goose bump moments as you can smell the desire to make it right and level the series on Saturday in the rugby heartland of Pretoria.
There is a genuine feeling from all of the locals I have met in Cape Town that we can win at Loftus, and I think that comes from a few different factors. Primarily the Cape folks are not the Afrikaners from up North so there is an internal rivalry. Then there is also the fact that they want this to go to the wire and have the decider in Jo'berg, and finally they are genuinely afraid that The Lions will have their deserved luck and take those chances that didn't quite happen in the first test through no real fault of their own.
I have truly hit full on tour mode now, the constant banter and beers, the genuine bond that is starting to form, the support you see people offering each other who only 7 days ago were complete strangers - it's microscopic of how the team must be too. We believe, and believe me that as supporters we are going to make that pretty clear come Saturday at Loftus. Everyone agrees that to come here to the home of the Blue Bulls, fanatical rugby supporters who don't give an inch, and rugby gods willing, come away with a win will tear the heart from the Boks and leave it open for the series win.
Overheard today was some of the excellent form the supporters are showing. On arrival in Jo'berg the feisty Bok pointed out how on paper the Springboks could beat The Lions easily, to which the Irish way responded by reminding him that we were playing on grass, not paper....old but lovely and sharp....perhaps a bit like how we should play on this day of reckoning.
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