It was prison rules when the Blitzbokke played a match on Robben Island.
The Olympic Sevens Rugby bronze medallists played a touch rugby game against celebrities in a charity event to mark Heritage Day on September 24, and the announcement of the Shoprite Checkers Championship Boerewors winner.
It’s the first time a national sports team has ever played on the world heritage site.
Blitzbokke – Seabelo Senatla, Roscko Speckman, Justin Geduld, Stephan Dippenaar and Dylan Sage — challenged well-known personalities such as comedians Siv Ngesi and Jason Goliath, and eNCA sports presenter Wardah Hartley, the only girl on the field.
Goliath, who was named man of the match, quipped: “They should make Wardah the man of the match, she’s the only one on the team with no balls!”
Radio DJ Carl Wastie decided to stay off the field and played MC for the day.
Meanwhile, 63-year-old Jacobus Olivier Kritzinger from Joubertina in the Eastern Cape was thrilled to hear he was the country’s new boerewors champ.
Speckman kicked a special golden rugby ball over the posts as a banner dropped to reveal Kritzinger’s name.
Besides bragging rights, Kritzinger, who’s been trying for the crown for 16 years, also won a Toyota Hilux double cab bakkie.
“Boerewors vra nie vrae, taal, kleur of geslag nie, hy vra net Suid-Afrikaans,” an ecstatic Kritzinger said.
Food blogger Tuli Gogela, from The South African Chef Association, said it was a tough decision but the most worthy wors won.
“We had hundreds of entries, we had our good and bad ones, but we had to check for the best texture, appearance, casing and combination of spice and now you can see the best was chosen,” Thuli said.
The winning boerewors goes on sale today in all Shoprite and Checkers stores nationwide.