- The end of the epic United Rugby Championship final last Saturday between the DHL Stormers and Vodacom Bulls was underlined by a warm moment
- The victorious Stormers players were awarded their medals by local Cape Town children, humble enough to kneel and have the medals draped around their necks
- The moving gesture was widely praised on social media, and is considered as one of the best highlights on the field this season
The feel-good factor currently surrounding South African rugby at the moment got an even more significant boost on Saturday night.
After the DHL Stormers defeated arch-rivals the Vodacom Bulls 18-13 in the United Rugby Championship, an unexpected but inspirational moment occurred afterwards. The Stormers players were awarded their medals by a group of Cape Town's schoolchildren who were invited as guests to the match.
In a moment that Sports Brief observed, the players, already hulking over the youngsters, kneeled down to allow the kids to drape the winners medals around their necks, before placing winners caps on their heads. This gesture was widely lauded on social media and on television.
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On SuperSport's Final Whistle programme, host Owen Nkumane said:
"This was a special touch, allowing [the] kids, the future of the game from players, supporters and administrators, this was a touch of brilliance. Investing in the future allows this game to grow for the 20-plus years."
Jonathan Mokuena, a former player and now guest panellist on the show, responded:
"If you think of a few years ago when Siya Kolisi posted a picture when he was a youngster getting [an autograph] from Schalk Burger when he was still part of the Springboks, with this moments makes it more special. The players going down on their knees shows humility. Those small moments will live on forever in their hearts."
HIGHLIGHTS: DHL Stormers edge hated arch-rivals the Vodacom Bulls to win United Rugby Championship final
Highlights: DHL Stormers edge hated arch rivals the Vodacom Bulls to win United Rugby Championship final
The DHL Stormers, against all odds, are the champions of the inaugural United Rugby Championship.
As reported by Sports Brief, the Cape Town side defeated long-time arch-enemies the Vodacom Bulls 18-13 at the Cape Town Stadium (Green Point Stadium) last night in an error-strewn but thrilling grand final in front of 31 000 spectators. The result was the first time that the Stormers as a franchise since being established in 1997.
It was also the first time that the Bulls had lost a final in franchise rugby, whether it be in Super Rugby or the United Rugby Championship.
Source: Sports Brief News