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    Posted by on Sep 23rd, 2013

    *UPDATE: I have another set of double tickets to give away. Will give it to someone on Twitter. See below for details on how to stand a chance.

    Tomorrow is Heritage Day in South Africa…a day where we are encouraged to celebrate our culture and the diversity of our beliefs and traditions. One of those beliefs is without a doubt our love for the game of rugby. It is a tradition (in some areas a religion) and part of our culture so it’s fitting then that i shall celebrate by giving away 3 sets of double tickets to see our beloved Springboks smash Australia at Newlands this coming Saturday 28 September. Oh and one lucky fan is gonna walk away with a signed Springbok jersey and ball.

    The spirit of the Springbok is one of those rare things that unites all South Africans and you just need to watch this video to feel the magic.

    Listening to the national anthem and hearing the crowd roar never fails to give me goosebumps. Brings back so many memories. I’ll never forget the time i went to Newlands to watch the Springboks play New Zealand ( the Cavalier’s) in the 80’s. There have been plenty of other more significant moments since, but that was the game that me made me love the game. Can’t wait to feel the human spirit at Newlands again this Saturday.

    And i want you to feel it as well.

    Ok here’s the drill.

    I’m gonna give away one set of double tickets on Twitter and then 2 sets of double tickets to two people who leave a comment beneath this post. So six tickets in total. You can enter via either method or both if you want to maximise your chances.

    • For the Twitter entry you need to follow @lifeissavage (so i track the entries) and then send out the following tweet:

    ” Win double tickets to see the Boks vs Australia at Newlands on Sept 28 and feel the #HumanSpirit with @Absa and @lifeissavage “

    Easy as that. I’ll pick a random winner this Thursday at 4pm. *UPDATE: have been given another set of double tickets so will give TWO sets away to random people on Twitter who send out that tweet above.

    • Now for the other two sets of double tickets you will need to leave a comment beneath this post and tell me your best Springbok memory or story. Much like that first game i went to see at newlands when i was a school kid, i wanna know your best memory and be sure to use #HumanSpirit in your story and if you mention @Absa you get bonus points:)

    One set of double tickets will randomly go to someone who leaves a comment and the other set will go to the funniest, best, most awesome comment. I’ll pick the winners on Thursday as well. The competition is open to anyone, but obviously if you want to see the game you need to be in Cape Town on Saturday.

    And now for winning that signed Springbok jersey and ball. Of the 3 people who win the double tickets to the game only one of them will win the unique signed jersey and ball. The 3 winners will go heads-up against each other and need to document their ultimate #HumanSpirit moment from the game at Newlands on Saturday. They can send me pictures on Twitter or email me pics video or whatever best captures that moment. I’ll pick a winner on Sunday.

    Now get involved.

    *Sidenote –  i initially made an error with the date of the game. It’s this Saturday the 28 September 2013. Those who tweeted with the incorrect date will still be entered into the draw. Thanks to the sharp people who pointed that out.

    UPDATE 2: competition is closed and winners have been notified. Wish i could have given you all tickets to watch the game. Thanks for taking part.

    Die Jason says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Excellent, entered the Twitter comp, thank you sir!

    dave stack says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    The first game i ever watched was when i was 7 years old and it was the final of the rugby world cup. Even tho i couldn’t really see over the fully packed crowd as i was to small but in the end got thrown onto my fathers shoulders just in time to see the final kick by good ol Joel to win the match for us :)

    Now that i am older i wake up for every game and wear the bokke on my sleeve :) Proud to be a south african and proud to have such a great team!

    Now for a thrashing of Australia :)

    Lianna says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I will have to say every Springbok game that is played when the players run out and the national anthem gets sung I get goose bumps every time without fail. I which I think is a definite #humanspirit coming out. Shout out to @absa for sponsorship to the greatest rugby team every!!!

    Kreg says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I was around 9 years old and it was the 1999 Rugby World Cup. To be exact, the England vs New Zealand Semi Final…

    I was sitting in the scholars section before it had been upgraded and I will never forget the moment Jonah Lomu caught the ball on the 15 metre line, handed someone off and left him face to face with Mike Cat, who attempted to tackle the beast that was Jonah.

    I was literally sitting smack bang directly in front of this and I watch as Jonah used Mike Cat as door, flattening him in the process and cross the line to score an absolutely cracking try.

    I need to see the Bokke dominate this weekend on our home ground newlands. The best ground in South Africa :)

    Pierre says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My favourite memory was watching the 95 World Cup semi final against France from the Kings Park scholars section in the pouring rain.

    Simon Whyte says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    2008, House of Pain, Dunedin, Ricky #HumanSpirit Januarie’s chip and one hand gather on that big hip of his, before galloping over the white wash for an unforgettable try! Even @Absa would have been happy with that!!

    Kreg says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    **doormate & crossing

    Spelling errors galore in there.

    Tamsyn Brown says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    i know this may sound lame, but when the Springboks beat the All Blacks… even though i was still a little whipper snapper in 95, everyone went into peace and love mode and i remember driving around on the bonnet of my dads friends car(the traffic was the slowest it has ever been, ever!) from Plumstead to Rondebosch on the Main road and everyone was out celebrating .it was one of the happiest moments of my life.. also i got to be apart of the last World cup ABSA campaign advert and i had to throw a bag into a moving car and then jump in myself and in my “lara croft “moment i just kept going for it, even though i had no idea i had the fattest bruises on the back of my legs.. it was worth it and Springboks don’t back down!!!!funny enough they cut that part out anyway! hahaha.. soo now im gonna tweet and hope for the best! woop woop!! Tammy

    Tamsyn Brown says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    i know this may sound lame, but when the Springboks beat the All Blacks… even though i was still a little whipper snapper in 95, everyone went into peace and love mode and i remember driving around on the bonnet of my dads friends car(the traffic was the slowest it has ever been, ever!) from Plumstead to Rondebosch on the Main road and everyone was out celebrating .it was one of the happiest moments of my life.. also i got to be apart of the last World cup ABSA campaign advert and i had to throw a bag into a moving car and then jump in myself and in my “lara croft “moment i just kept going for it, even though i had no idea i had the fattest bruises on the back of my legs.. it was worth it and Springboks don’t back down!!!!funny enough they cut that part out anyway! hahaha.. soo now im gonna tweet and hope for the best! woop woop!! everyone whos blood runs green and gold has #humanspirit, its because of this , rugby ,sport and passion that our country will thrive.. i have serious #humanspirit

    claire says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I was not raised in a family keen on rugby. It just wadntt our thing and having two sisters meant it wasn’t a school sport thing either. But when the world cup came in 1995, we all stood up and got involved. We had flags and rugby ball shaped water bottles, rugby jerseys and face paint. But my focus was on something a little different. Slammers.
    Some marketing genius placed all the players’ faced on round disks and I would collect them all.
    An 11 year old girl could soon tell you all the important players in Scotland and France and could tell you the names and stats of every Springbok.

    It was because of my collectionthat I’d force my parents to out the match on during Sunday lunch; I wanted to see all my favourite slammers in action. And because of my enthusiasm, I learnt all the rules during that tournament. Could you have thought of a better learning ground than the 95 world cup?

    Since then, I’ve been hooked. And I still know all the words too PJ powers World in Union, remember the chills I got seeing our president with Francois Pienaar and yes, I can remember all my slammers too!

    Robert Lance says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    The most memorable I think would be watching South Africa vs New Zealand in the Tri-nations 2010. I think there was 90 000 odd people there. Been in that stadium with all those people was sheer adrenalin.

    Craziest would definitely be the semi-final of the 1995 World Cup between South Africa and France. I was on a Std 8 school tour to Durban and we went by train. We had a day off and a friend and myself begged for extra money and we managed to get enough money to buy 2 tickets from a guy off the street. It rained so hard we could barely see the game. Towards the end if I recall France spent about 10 minutes on our try line. We ended up sick as dogs the following day on a 14 hour train trip.

    I would love a set as I want to take my son to the game. He is now 10 and my father took him to watch the Lions play Kings at Ellis Park. In a box as well. Lucky bugger. But since then he has been begging me to take him to watch a game again.

    Good times

    Michelle says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I’ve never been to a live game… could not afford it.

    But the games were watched (when SABC still had it on) or listened to on RSG.
    RSG mostly. …I can still hear the guy.
    Dad on the couch staring into the wall (dop in hand) his eyes always moved as they commentated as if he could see it. “En die bal word na die linkerkant uitgegee…” *eyes automatically moving to the left of the wall.
    “Kan jy nie die ***** man sien nie, is die ref dan blind?” Let me remind you, he could not see either.
    “En die Bokkie is nou 5meter van die doellyn af..” dad rising off his chair slowly as if he’s afraid a sudden move may startle the boks and they would run in the opposite direction.
    “Dis oor die lyn!!!! n Pragtige drie deur die Springbok vleuel! Die skare is op hulle voete.”
    By then dad had appeared on the coffee table from nowhere like a ninja and his screaming and cheering may now cause an avalanche in the Alps, nevermind startle the team.
    Mom screaming in two different directions “Kry jou pote van die tafel af! Hein, nee!” mixed with whoohoos for the boks.”

    Those were the days! RSG or not.
    —-> back to reality…. I would love to see them live!

    Denise Carstensen says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My most memorable Springbok moment was the 1995 Rugby World Cup final! Not only because the Springboks was crowned the CHAMPIONS but it was the last Springbok game I watched with my dad. I can remember that day like yesterday. I was killed in a car hijack in Cape Town and that my last memory of watching our team playing and winning on that day!

    Simon says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I am a huge rugby fan but I have never had the privilege of seeing the Boks play live. The closest I came was 17 June 1995, the infamous Boks v France game in the swimming pool known as Kings Park. I had a ticket for the game but could not go as I later found out I had my last varsity exam for the semester that day and was sat in a hall in Maritzburg writing while we played.

    My best bok memory was that same world cup, I was working on the final, behind the bar at a country club and when we won the bar went mad. Okes were buying rounds for the entire bar, round after round – the #HumanSpirit was incredible that day. The one guy tipped me 500 bucks which in 95 was a potload of cash for a varsity student. I made over R3000 in tips that night and we had the most epic party celebrating the bok victory.

    Good times.

    p.s. The credit card machine might have been an @absa one since it was a small town and there was only an ABSA satellite branch 😉

    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I have never been to a spring been to a Springbok game before (not for lack of want), but the first game I ever watched was the Bull vs The Stormers in Newlands. I had never been into rugby but wanted to impress my new boyfriend. I learned all the rules and the players names and off we went. The competition was fierce, not just between players, but between the supporters too, and the air was loud. It had been raining that day and I arrived freezing cold and miserable, but as the friendly completion between rival supporters grew the more fun and lively it and i became. I screamed so much and so loudly I lost my voice the next day! Obviously the Stormers won, but even the bulls supporter. We’re in great spirits after the game! Afterwards we went to the springboks pub where our biggest rivals during the game(the bulls fans sitting behind us) were enjoying some post game drinks. We joined them and became instant friends, and to this day we are super close and enjoy watching all the bulls vs. Stormers games together at Newlands! Best rugby memory I have even though it unfortunately isn’t a Springbok one. And needless to say- since that game about 6 years ago, I have become a crazed rugby fan! #humanspirit #springbokrugby

    Mark Willemse says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I will never forget Newlands 2004 SA vs Australia. A full stadium proudly singing the national anthem while hugging the stranger next to you everytime the Boks scored, will always be a fantastic memory. Nothing beats the atmosphere of test rugby in a full stadium. You actually feel the pulse of the game with every groan or cheer. It is the only way to truly enjoy the Magnificent Game!

    Stephanie says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Every moment watching the Springboks play is amazing! My greatest memory though is being in 1st year university at Stellenbosch in 2007 watching the World Cup final. The beers were flowing, the tension was building and every single pub/bar/restaurant in Stellenbosch was absolutely packed with students. I was sitting in a bar right in front of the TV with about 5 of my best friends (and a bunch of other people that we met along the way), and we were dressed all in green, with green and gold paint on our faces. On the drive from res we had Hie’ Kommie Bokke and The World in Union playing in the car at full blast, windows open, us singing our lungs out. The game was tense, with lots of penalties being scored and no tries! But needless to say, in the end the Springboks beat England convincingly and took home the Webb Ellis cup! I don’t remember much of what happened after that, but never have we had such a party in our lives celebrating being South African!!!

    Stephanie says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Every moment watching the Springboks play is amazing! My greatest memory though is being in 1st year university at Stellenbosch in 2007 watching the World Cup final. The beers were flowing (thanks to my @Absa card), the tension was building, we were filled with #HumanSpirit and every single pub/bar/restaurant in Stellenbosch was absolutely packed with students. I was sitting in a bar right in front of the TV with about 5 of my best friends (and a bunch of other people that we met along the way), and we were dressed all in green, with green and gold paint on our faces. On the drive from res we had Hie’ Kommie Bokke and The World in Union playing in the car at full blast, windows open, us singing our lungs out. The game was tense, with lots of penalties being scored and no tries! But needless to say, in the end the Springboks beat England convincingly and took home the Webb Ellis cup! I don’t remember much of what happened after that, but never have we had such a party in our lives celebrating being South African!!!

    Paul Hilton says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I reeeeeeeeeeeally wanna be there.

    Wilma Jansen says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Let’s face facts. The guys who have entered so far are just a bunch of girls. So give it to someone who really knows and loves rugby. ME!

    Greg says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Standing at the back of a huge pub, drinking tequila with complete strangers in celebration of win over New Zealand.

    Andre says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My first memory of watching a Springbok game was with my late Oupa. His passion and love for the Springboks lives within my veins. I never watch a game without shedding a tear. I miss my Oupa so much. His memory lives on in every single game I watch. He is the reason I am such an ardent supporter and love the Springboks and my country so much. Oh and @ABSA has a long history with my family as well, from the old Allied Bank days to the present #ABSA days…

    Hendri says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    The Test Match between the Springboks and Australia is scheduled for 28 September and not 28 October … or maybe Life is Savage managed to schedule an unofficial match …

    Savage says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My bad…have corrected it!

    Glen says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    After the 1995 World Cup win when Nelson Mandela congratulated Francois Pienaar on behalf of all South African was #Humanspirit at it’s best, but what was @Absa lutely fantastic was the All Blacks blaming the loss on “Suzie” the mysterious waitress for poisoning them…..what dorks!!

    lenore fredericks says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Had a fab memory when the boks won the world cup in 1995 at Elise park staduim. Our church had a fundraising effort and most of the congregation was there. We had the game on a big screen and wen the boks won the whole congregation was going crazi. Can still remember Mr Pienaar lifting the trofee and Madiba wore a bok jersey aswell. The atmospher at church was so electrifyin even more so on the staduim. Was so nice to see that the nation became ONE. Doesn’t matter what race or culture you were on that day we were a nation that were 100% behind the boks. The boks will be My today Tomorow and Forever just like ABSA.

    Nathan says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    For me, the moment that I will always remember is watching the 1995 rugby World Cup final, on a projector in our lounge with my family. I was young, but the #humanspirit was so strong and it felt as if I was in the field with the team. They showed us that day that anything is possible.

    Also, we still have the awesome beer glasses with the Springbok logo that they sold back in the day. Good times!

    Brad says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I vividly remember running into the garden with my mates at all of 8 years old and singing Shosholoza at the top of our lungs when the final whistle was blown during the 1995 Rugby World Cup final. That has to be my very first Absa #HumanSpirit memory and one that I will never forget.

    Yaquub says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    there was a time last year when I was slightly worried about springbok rugby. i always knew we could physically match any team in the world but now it seems we can moer them physically and on the scoreboard.

    springbok rugby on the rise!

    Tim says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My first ever memory watching the springboks perform was absolutely awesome. Unforgettable moments. It was all during the 1995 rugby world cup. Although I watched most of it, the memories are vague. I recall seeing Chester Williams scoring four tries against Western Samoa in a quater final clash. I remember that massive fight we had in a group match against Canada, where James Dalton received a red card. The mighty Jona Lomu that almost could not be stopped. The one match I recall perfectly is the final. I was at the mall with mom and all I knew is that I needed to get home, and quick. When I finally got home I was a bit upset because I had just missed the Hakka. The match itself was breathtaking and the springboks showed great character against the New Zealand team. After the 80 mins I honestly didn’t know what to do anymore. Extra time was on and I was glued to the screen. Will never forget the moment when Joel Stransky scored that drop goal and when the final whistle sounded, I ran outside going all crazy. In fact my whole road came outside to celebrate throughout the night. And to end it all off, Nelson Mandela shared glory with them. Pricelss moment in time.

    Tim says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My first ever memory watching the springboks perform was absolutely awesome. Unforgettable moments. It was all during the 1995 rugby world cup. Although I watched most of it, the memories are vague. I recall seeing Chester Williams scoring four tries against Western Samoa in a quater final clash. I remember that massive fight we had in a group match against Canada, where James Dalton received a red card. The mighty Jona Lomu that almost could not be stopped. The one match I recall perfectly is the final. I was at the mall with mom and all I knew is that I needed to get home, and quick. When I finally got home I was a bit upset because I had just missed the Hakka. The match itself was breathtaking and the springboks showed great character against the New Zealand team. After the 80 mins I honestly didn’t know what to do anymore. Extra time was on and I was glued to the screen. Will never forget the moment when Joel Stransky scored that drop goal and when the final whistle sounded, I ran outside going all crazy. In fact my whole road came outside to celebrate throughout the night. And to end it all off, Nelson Mandela shared glory with them. Pricelss moment in time.

    @Absa
    #humanspirit

    Marilet says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My boyfriend has never experienced a Springbok test live in a stadium. Has never experienced the chills you get when the anthem is sung… Especially the Afrikaans part in a packed Newlands. The smell of hopps when you cross the railway line. The passion of the Cape Town supporters, especially those without teeth. I still remember my first Newlands test – South Africa vs England in 1994. Geared with the national flag and a packet of biltong, first signs of the new SA and the #humanspirit fully alive. Would be great if he can experience that too. Thanks @absa for creating these opportunities.

    James Grey says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    This is the funniest, best, most awesome comment.

    Ok, may be not I do take celebrating the tradition of rugby very seriously and to prove it if I win tickets to see the Boks vs Australia at Newlands on 28 October I will be painting the South African flag on my face and wearing the signed jersey with pride.

    Dominique says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    2006 world cup final- we watched the game at a friends house and driving home after the win was the most amazing thing ever. Everywhere were flags and people hanging out cars, hell at one intersection one guy got out the car butt naked and ran in circles screaming with joy. It was beautiful and frankly gave me goosebumps to see everyone so undeniably happy and full of #humanspirit. That’s the power a game like rugby has and why we need to back the Bokke!

    Andrew says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My earliest memory at Newlands was the 1995 World Cup opening game against the Aussies. I got a ticket from my folks for my tenth birthday. I still have the ticket, it cost R60. I was allowed to leave school early and drove through with my dad and his brothers. We were driving a Land Rover Defender and stuck small South African flags in the bull bar. Immediately I knew that this was not an ordinary day at Newlands. There was something different happening that day. The rest is history and I will forever remember that day at Newlands, not for the game that was played on the field, but for the game that was shaping our history. Money can’t buy experience, but R60 bought me a front row ticket to the Genises of the greatest story ever told.

    Andrew says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My earliest memory at Newlands was the 1995 World Cup opening game against the Aussies. I got a ticket from my folks for my tenth birthday. I still have the ticket, it cost R60. I was allowed to leave school early and drove through with my dad and his brothers. We were driving a Land Rover Defender and stuck small South African flags in the bull bar. Immediately I knew that this was not an ordinary day at Newlands. There was something different happening that day. The rest is history and I will forever remember that day at Newlands, not for the game that was played on the field, but for the game that was shaping our history. Money can’t buy experience, but R60 bought me a front row ticket to the Genises of the greatest story ever told.

    Grant says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I have only ever been to watch 1 live Test rugby match in my life. But my #humanspirit memory goes back to June 2012 when the Baby Boks hosted NZ in the IRB u20 World Cup final at Newlands. The stadium was packed (only lower level tickets were made available). It was the first time in my life I got to sing our national anthem in a stadium with men (boys) who were representing our beloved country.

    It was the most amazing experience singing Nkosi Sikelele’ iAfrica with a crowd of 33000 from beginning to end. A memory I’ll cherish forever.

    Recently I had the opportunity to experience a Test match in Mendoza when the Boks took on Argentina (It was an opportunity afforded to me by Energade, another sponsor of the Springboks just like headline sponsor – ABSA). There I got my first taste of Test rugby involving the Springboks. We were not as many South Africans as when I first got to sing our national anthem in 2012 but we were there, and we would make it know with meaningful and proud singing during the anthems. Another truly memorable and proud moment in my life so far.

    To quote someone: “It doesn’t matter the size of the flock, what matters is that we belong to the flock.” We our proudly South African and no matter where we are in the world, no matter how many surround us… We are South African and we can be proud of it!

    Grant Cohen says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I managed to go watch the Boks last training session at Hamiltons before they headed to the World Cup in 2007. I’ve got pics of Victor and Bakkies practising their lineouts, Percy kicking with Butch. So many amazing memories. After the practise the guys were only too helpful and friendly giving autographs, posing for photos. There was such a mixed crowd watching them that day and they treated every spectator the same. From street people to car guards to businessman, we were all the same. Every person left there with a huge smile on their face and the power of the human spirit was on show for all to see! Of course the Boks went on to win that World Cupand make the entire country proud! We know that the Boks ABSA bank accounts were well rewarded for winning the trophy, but the value and pride they brought to the nation was priceless!

    Dylan Dean Kupritz says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    95 World Cup final at the ripe old age of 5.

    Priceless memories made with South African #HumanSpirit.

    @lifeissavage and @ABSA make my week and hook me up.

    #bokke #Newlands #HumanSpirit

    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I’ve never watched the Boks play at Newlands, but if I got a chance to watch my beloved Boks, it would be a dream come true. Go Bokke. You can do it manne. Sterkte

    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I’ve never been to watch my beloved Bokke play at Newlands, but if I got a chance, it would be a dream come true. Go Bokke, you can do it. We are all behind you. Sterkte

    Andre says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My first memory of watching a Springbok game was with my late Oupa. His passion and love for the Springboks lives within my veins. He defined the true #HumanSpirit in me that will live on forever. I never watch a game without shedding a tear. I miss my Oupa so much. His memory lives on in every single game I watch. He is the reason I am such an ardent supporter and love the Springboks and my country so much. Oh and @ABSA has a long history with my family as well, from the old Allied Bank days to the present #ABSA days…

    jason says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My favourite moment was in the 2007 rugby world where South Africa played champagne rugby. It was by far the best running game I have ever seen the springboks play. Leading up to my favourite match of all time, the boks flew passed the group stages. We even beat England, leaving them scoreless on the day. I recall that day as if it was yesterday. It was on a Saturday night and I was at home watching it with family. Every single player stood up on that day. The most tense moment of that game was when England had a try disallowed. The game itself was an epic spectacle. I. Remember going all hyper when the final whistle sounded. South Africa once again was united by sport. It was an awesome match. And after the victory, they came home and had parades at various stadiums. @absa #humanspirit

    Annelie says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I never ever watched a rugby game and soooo want to go to this game, will be the best first xperience!!! Please :)

    Ricky says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Best Springbok memory, when my little sister of 15yrs old was diagnosed with cancer, 6 months into the treatment, SA Rugby organised that my sister & I have an opportunity to meet the team & shave the rugby players head for CANSA. Plus, they gave her a signed Springbok referee jersey. Thanks @ABSA, you made my sisters year. Pure #HumanSpirit involved.

    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Would love to watch the Springboks live in action so I can scratch that off my bucket list.. Planning on creating some awesome memories if I win these tickets… #HumanSpirit

    @Leightz_SA says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Come to think of it, like Sergio, I’ve never watched the Bokke at Newlands?? (*cough* Lies) but let’s make my first time with Absa and Mnr Savage! Random #HumanSpirit plug vir die gees!!

    Tarryn says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I have never watched a live Springbok rugby game!!
    I have only experienced a WP rugby game and if i think those games are full of #HumanSpirit, i cannot imagine what an International game will bring!
    An Absa account filled up once again, so i can party my Saturday the right way!!!
    Please make this little dream come true :)

    Johan says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    When James Dalton moered the living day lights out of a Canadian player in the 95 world cup!

    Julz says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My greatest memory was during the 1995 World Cup, I was in Std 5 and had no clue about the rules of rugby or even why everyone was making such a big deal about things. It was the semi finals at Newlands and my mom was organising some part of the event.
    I was merely sitting on a wall watching the crowds go by , you can imagine the #HumanSpirit that was engulfing the stadium.
    I was watching as a bus pulled up and out walked the entire NZ team, still not quite getting what all the hype was about, I just waved like the people around me did.
    The next thing, Jonah Lomu walked up to me and kissed my hand. Everyone screamed and my mom came to tell me that he was quite a big deal. Yoh I felt on top of the world. My dad was so proud! haha. I fell in love with rugby that day!

    Oh and I love @Absa 😉

    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My ultimate super story of our Bokke Rugby team:

    It must’ve been about 12-14 years ago. My dad took me to Newlands to watch the Cricket. We were sitting in a box and watching the cricket like everyone else. I cant remember much of that day but I do remember the announcer saying the Bokke were there and they were going to have a quick freindly match against our cricket team. I was so excited. I have always been a rugby fan more than cricket. And a couple of minutes later there they were, If Im not mistaking Bobby Skinstad was still on the team. They played so well and I was so happy to have seen that little cricket match between our Bokke and our Proteas. The #HumanSpirit in the stadium was outstanding! There were even streakers during that match lol. Best memory ever! And lets mention @Absa quickly, thanks for always sponsoring our boys, without you guys we wouldnt have our uniforms hehe :)

    Pierre Swart says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I never watched a Springbok game live so I will make this my Absa #HumanSpirit moment if I am lucky to win the tickets,so Go Bokke !!!

    Robert Lance says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I take it I didn’t win. :(

    firdous ahmed says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Best rugby moment is always watching with my dad! would love to win these tickets for the both of us. We have both never been to a springbok game! please make it happen!

    Chloe Newlands says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I am studying Sport Science and sport is my passion (especially rugby).
    I have NEVER been to a Springbok game, which I am desperately trying to change. I watch every game of the Super 15 and @Absa Currie Cup (mainly to support my beloved Western Province), as well as all of the Springbok games on TV – but I’m sure it isn’t quite the same as being at the actual game!
    The best memory I have of the Springboks (although not having been at an actual game!) is the final of the 2007 Rugby World Cup. That day, we had just rescued a puppy we found on the streets and needed to give him a name. Percy Montgomery had a cracker of a game and helped South Africa win the cup. As a result, we decided a fitting name for our dog would be “Percy”.
    I would absolutely LOVE to attend Saturdays game and feel the #HumanSpirit first hand, rather than through a TV.

    FINGERS CROSSED!

    Robyn Hallgreen-Pauli says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My best Springbok memory so far would definitely be going to Newlands in 2006 to watch the handing over of the cup. Myself and a few high school friends decided to leave school early,, take a long drive,, followed by a long walk to witness this memorable moment.. Walking into the stadium the vibe crazy,, the only words I could use to describe it would be #HumanSpirit. Unfortunately due to the lack of funds in my @Absa bank account I have not had the opportunity the see the springboks play live. I really hope I can get the opportunity to see them live to add to my springbok memories :)

    Claire says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I was in South Korea at the time the 2007 Rugby World Cup was underway, a country not familiar with the game. There were no bars playing the matches – even if there were, the time difference meant watching games at 4am in the morning.

    But every time the Springboks donned the green and gold, you could @Absa bank on it that I would be up, in my pjs, sleep in my eyes, buffering the game from a dodgy Japanese sporting website, screaming out loud when we scored a try – no doubt waking my neighbours (what is that white girl up to now?!)

    And just like that, South Africa was in the final. There are many more British expats in South Korea than South Africans. The optimistic English massive found a “pub” that would show the game. It was not a big venue, but one where we could go and meet. Word got out to the South Africans around the country. We travelled from far and wide to get together and support our team.

    Most of us travelled by public transport, which shut down at midnight; the game would only kick off at 4am. I have never before been in a pub so filled with South African #HumanSpirit (and spirits). We were singing our national anthem, Shosholoza, Nkalakhata and hijacking the stereo system for a few good Afrikaans treffers. The English didn’t know what had hit them – this was their bar!

    It turns out that the English rugby team felt the same, as the Springboks lifted the William Webb Ellis Cup. I swear they could hear our cheers from that South Korean suburb.

    By the time the game finished, we ran out into the streets, screaming and shouting and waving our flags. Of course, we ran out into South Korea, not the temporary South African territory. The locals had no clue what we were on about, why we were waving flags and what the game of rugby was. It was also 6am, and the Koreans were waking up, going to Church and work. They looked at us strangely, but how can you not enjoy seeing someones pure happiness?

    I buzzed the entire way home to my suburb outside of Seoul with a huge smile on my face, thinking back to the goosebump moments, the cheers, the warmth and the camaraderie we felt in that pub. We didn’t know each other but we were all on the same team and that’s all that mattered. SA won that night – not only in the rugby, but in the few hundred South Africans from around South Korea who got together and felt what it was like to be home again. We were all immensely proud and even though the locals had no clue why we were celebrating, they couldn’t help but be happy for us; happy for South Africa!

    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I want to make Saturday my #HumanSpirit when I lay eyes on the Springboks in person when they running out on that pitch carrying the hopes of a nation on their shoulders!!

    Never been to a bokke match before but I have met Eben Eztebeth once when he still played for Goodwood, that is a big dude.

    Oh and I bank with @Absa so I think that qualifies for a bonus entry? LOL

    Chris says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Nothing better than watching springboks thrash some sorry wallaby ass and send them back down-under crying their beloved waltzing Matilda to their mommies.Lets Kill it on the field again this weekend.

    Frederich says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I can tell you a funny story or lie to you how I’ve never been to Newlands.

    But in all honesty I just want to see the Aussies shit stamped out of them.

    Cheers

    Teeks says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    After winning the WCR in 2007 we took to the streets, we headed straight for Long Street in my buddies golf. He had a sunroof so me and a mate ended up sitting pretty much on the roof. It was chockablock everywhere we went with cars hooting and people cheering.

    We eventually got handed a bottle of *coke as we were waving our massive SA flag around, screaming and cheering. As we began swigging the *coke and cheering we were pouring it into the mouths of various people passing by.

    We eventually met a Big Issue salesman who was dancing and loving being given some of our *coke so we lifted him onto the roof of the car alongside us where he preceded to cheer and sing alongside us.

    It was one of the most connected moments I have ever experienced in South Africa, it was pure euphoria and happiness across the board. No worries, or troubles, just happiness!

    #HumanSpirit was in abundance that evening and I would love to be able to be there when we thump the Aussies on Saturday!

    Drop me some tickets and that jersey!

    Legend!

    Gwen says:
    September 09, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My 1st game was with my best friend, one of our co-workers couldn’t attend the game and gave us his tickets at a discounted price. Thats what friends are for.

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