Thousands of Capetonians packed the streets on Monday morning to catch a glimpse of the Springboks as they paraded the trophy for the last leg of their homecoming tour.

Cape Town fans did not disappoint with their flags and finery, with one man even running down Long Street to massive cheers in just his SA flag Speedo, and a replica gold trophy proudly held above his head.

Holding the real deal that was won in Japan, Bok captain Siya Kolisi told the huge crowd gathered in front of the City Hall that everyone had come together for rugby, despite their differences.

South Africa – Cape Town – 11 November 2019 – Rachel Kolisi, wife of Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi. The Springboks held their World Cup Rugby trophy tour in Cape Town. They kicked off the visit by appearing on stage in front of the civic centre. They were warmly welcomed by thousands of excited fans that lined the streets as the bus parade continued through the city. Picture Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA)

 

“It’s time for us South Africans to stop fighting, stop arguing and move forward as a country,” he said to massive applause.

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He also elicited grins and more applause when he greeted fans with: “Aweh, ma se kind!”.

One man held a red-and-white cardboard coffin as he walked next to the Boks bus, with the words “RIP England. Buried by Springboks”.

South Africa – Cape Town – 11 November 2019 – The Springboks held their World Cup Rugby trophy tour in Cape Town. They kicked off the visit by appearing on stage in front of the civic centre. They were warmly welcomed by thousands of excited fans that lined the streets as the bus parade continued through the city. Picture Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA)

Catchy dance tunes

The eclectic soundtrack on the Grand Parade involved a dash of Shosholoza , catchy dance tunes with tweaked lyrics to reflect the Boks’ win, a rapper and, of course, the national anthem.

Bryan Habana soaked up the vibe and beats while carrying his son on his shoulders and was seen capturing the special moment on his camera.

Despite their exhaustion, Kolisi and the team soldiered on and gave their all to the crowd as they hopped onto buses and made their way through the CBD.

At one point, Kolisi was showing off the trophy to those gathered on the sidewalks when he noticed scaffolding filled with construction workers on Adderley Street.

He lowered his trophy and appeared to give them a special wave and greeting.

South Africa – Cape Town – 11 November 2019 – Fans wait for the Springboks in Langa sitting on top of a street sign to get a good view point. Thousands of Springbok rugby fans line the streets of Langa celebrating as the Springboks arrive on the Springbok Victory tour bus. The fifth and final leg of the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour took place in Cape Town on Monday. The victory tour bus started at the City Hall through the CBD and onto Langa, Belhar and Elsies River. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

The boys displayed the same humility during a press briefing beforehand, inside City Hall

When the towering Pieter-Steph du Toit was asked how he felt about all his achievements, and whether he intended to upgrade his small car, he bashfully answered: “I always try to keep my feet on the ground.”

He added he would like to drive a nice car one day and would pop it onto his Christmas list, just in case.

Herschel Jantjies said he felt really blessed and grateful for the opportunity to play, while Cheslin Kolbe said the goal for the team had been to give hope to the country and make everyone proud.

South Africa – Cape Town – 11 November 2019 – Thousands of Springbok rugby fans line the streets of Langa celebrating as the Springboks arrive on the Springbok Victory tour bus. The fifth and final leg of the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour took place in Cape Town on Monday. The victory tour bus started at the City Hall through the CBD and onto Langa, Belhar and Elsies River. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

 

Kolbe was looking forward to eating local food and spending time with family and friends in the Mother City, before flying back to France on Friday.

Du Toit registered his surprise at how the tour across the country had exploded and how many fans had turned up to see them and hopefully get an autograph or photo. “I never thought it was going to be that big,” he said.

Fuelled by coffee and energy drinks, the players kept up their energy while on the bus to wave, dance and sign some paraphernalia.

Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato acknowledged that the players must be exhausted and probably could not wait to return to their families.

He thanked the “heroes” for uniting the country and visiting his city.

South Africa – Cape Town – 11 November 2019 – Thousands of Springbok rugby fans line the streets of Ravensmead celebrating as the Springboks arrive on the Springbok Victory tour bus. The fifth and final leg of the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour took place in Cape Town on Monday. The victory tour bus started at the City Hall through the CBD and onto Langa, Belhar and Elsies River. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

 

South Africa – Cape Town – 11 November 2019 – Rachel Kolisi, wife of Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi and their kids. The Springboks held their World Cup Rugby trophy tour in Cape Town. They kicked off the visit by appearing on stage in front of the civic centre. They were warmly welcomed by thousands of excited fans that lined the streets as the bus parade continued through the city. Picture Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA)
South Africa – Cape Town – 11 November 2019 – The Springboks held their World Cup Rugby trophy tour in Cape Town. They kicked off the visit by appearing on stage in front of the civic centre. They were warmly welcomed by thousands of excited fans that lined the streets as the bus parade continued through the city. Picture Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA)
South Africa – Cape Town – 11 November 2019 – The Springboks held their World Cup Rugby trophy tour in Cape Town. They kicked off the visit by appearing on stage in front of the civic centre. They were warmly welcomed by thousands of excited fans that lined the streets as the bus parade continued through the city. Picture Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA)

South Africa – Cape Town – 11 November 2019 – Thousands of Springbok rugby fans line the streets of Ravensmead celebrating as the Springboks arrive on the Springbok Victory tour bus. The fifth and final leg of the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour took place in Cape Town on Monday. The victory tour bus started at the City Hall through the CBD and onto Langa, Belhar and Elsies River. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)
South Africa – Cape Town – 11 November 2019 – Thousands of Springbok rugby fans line the streets of Ravensmead celebrating as the Springboks arrive on the Springbok Victory tour bus. The fifth and final leg of the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour took place in Cape Town on Monday. The victory tour bus started at the City Hall through the CBD and onto Langa, Belhar and Elsies River. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)
South Africa – Cape Town – 11 November 2019 – Thousands of Springbok rugby fans line Jakes Gerwel Drive near Langa celebrating as the Springboks arrive on the Springbok Victory tour bus. The fifth and final leg of the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour took place in Cape Town on Monday. The victory tour bus started at the City Hall through the CBD and onto Langa, Belhar and Elsies River. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)
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