When people talk about “The Big 3” when referring to South Africa you may be forgiven for thinking they are talking about animals – but you would be wrong – when talking about animals it’s “The Big 5” and we shall save that for another post.
So what is “The Big 3” – it’s all about South African sport.
FOOTBALL (Soccer) , RUGBY and CRICKET.
Usually listed in that order, but we guess it depends who you ask.
Personally we’d put Rugby first – GO BOKKE!!
Lets look at The Big 3 – South African Sports
Football is the most popular team sport in South Africa, with the big games famous for their lively atmosphere, many of the crowd playing the vuvuzela (the plastic horn that became infamous in the 2010 World cup), homemade instruments and singing.
The men’s national team is known as “Bafana Bafana”, a zulu term of endearment meaning -the boys, the boys! With the rise in popularity of women’s soccer the ladies team are nicknamed “Banyana Banyana” – the girls.
South African soccer sports a league system the same as many other countries, the top league being the PSL (Premier Soccer League) consisting of 16 top flite teams. The most historically famous derby games are usually the ones between The Kaizer Chiefs and The Orlando Pirates.
The South African national football team have experienced a rollercoaster of decline and improvement, with their best result being 17th in the 2002 World Cup.
Rugby in South Africa is growing all the time, maybe so much so it will surpass the popularity of soccer. That said, the South African national rugby team nicknamed the “Springboks” or Boks or Bokke for short, have spent many a year at the top of worldwide rugby rankings, and when the world rankings were last published in May 2021, the Springboks were still Number 1. Having never dropped below 7th in the world and winning the world cup 3 times.
Known for their green and gold kit colours and their emblem; showing a Springbok alongside the King Protea (South Africas national flower), which now embodies the demise of Apartheid.
Greatest South African Rugby players include Naas Botha, Francois Pienaar, Joost Van Der Westhuizen and Bryan Habana.
Both the mens and womens national cricket teams carry the nickname “The Proteas” after the national flower. South Africa has played cricket internationally since 1889, and after a shaky start, soon became one of the world’s great cricketing nations, having held the top spot of world rankings at least once in Test cricket, ODI (one day internationals) and T20.
Some of the greatest names in South African cricket include AB de Villiers, Dudley Nourse, Hashim Amla, Shaun and Graeme Pollock, Vernon Philander and Jacques Kallis.
At The Lodge South African we take pride in all of our country’s culture, heritage and achievements, and bring you a taste of this alongside our food. From the decor of the restaurant furniture and artwork which is typically South African, to our events, where we gather to support our national teams whilst preparing the Braai.
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