Lions tour trophy stops at Vukani office

Vukani’s Cape Community Newspapers colleagues, reporters Shahied Joseph and Karen Watkins, with the Lions tour trophy.

The Springboks refused to settle for less at Cape Town Stadium at the weekend and forced the touring British and Irish Lions to a final test decider.

In a rough but interesting encounter, the Boks roared back with a vengeance to record a 27-9 win in the three-match series.

The tournament trophy made a stop at Vukani’s offices last week.

Western Cape region general manager of Bok sponsors, MTN, Paul Newman, predicted that the Boks would fight back. As if they were listening to him, the world champs did not disappointed.

Speaking to Vukani about the well-guarded trophy’s tour to media houses, Newman said they decided to give journalists a chance to see it because it only happens every 12 years. “I am glad to bring it to your attention. It’s doing tours around the world. I am very excited to bring the trophy to your offices. This is a rare moment.”

Newman said in the next five years they will be sponsoring the national rugby team, they want to win and develop young players. He said as sponsors their expectations are huge. “We are winners and we want to remain that. We believe by sponsoring the Boks we are on the right track. We are all about community development. For us it is about development and transformation. Springboks resonate with all that,” he said.

He did not hide the fact that the trophy should remain at home come Saturday. “I think everybody is positive that we will win the third test,” he said.

The Springboks will take on the British and Irish Lions in the final test match at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.