There’s just something about an audience that raises your game.
In every aspect of life. If you’re a builder for example, you want to be able to show someone what you built last week.
It’s the same with sports stars – they want the cheerleaders when they’re on the pitch.
So when we hit the sack on Sunday night, my wife – a staunch Liverpool supporter – said: “It’s amazing what fans can do to a team.”
She had just watched her beloved Reds smash Wolves 4-0 in a match that welcomed back some 2 000 spectators for the first time since they were crowned Premier League champions last term.
And that brings me to Western Province.
People can’t understand why this star-studded team can’t finish off games.
I believe the answer lies in the energy they get from the stands.
You have guys who won World Cups in front of packed stadiums, and for them to play in an empty stadium where you can hear every single word spoken on the field must just be a really weird experience.
I’d imagine it to be easier for hungry youngsters who haven’t played in full stadiums that are out to prove their worth against the big guns in South African rugby.
Anyway, the South African Rugby Union is hatching a plan to have fans back in stadiums in time for the Currie Cup final on January 23.
That means if there were to be a final at Newlands, which I highly doubt, then "The Faithful" would be there to say goodbye to the stadium in style.
And who knows, if they get second place on the log and the Blue Bulls go down in their semi we might just see Siya Kolisi lifting the Currie Cup in front of thousands as Newlands takes its final breath.
That would now be a true fairytale story, so I’m just putting it out there…