The DHL Stormers will wear red armbands in tomorrow’s Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Sharks at DHL Newlands, as a show of solidarity with and as a mark of respect for all the fire-fighters after the recent Cape Fires.
Cape Town’s South Peninsula has been hard hit by blazing fires this past week, but the true spirit of the city continued to shine through in the toughest circumstances possible.
The decision to wear red armbands was made after a conversation between DHL Stormers coach Allister Coetzee and skipper Duane Vermeulen on Wednesday, before it was put to the entire team on Thursday.
“As a playing group we wanted to show our support for the selfless bravery of those that battled fires across all the communities of the region this past week,” said captain Vermeulen on Friday.
The DHL Stormers No.8 continued: “In addition, whatever and wherever the issue, disaster or hardship it seems to bring the best out of the people of the Cape. It’s been a testing week for the City of Cape Town, in particular, but it has been remarkable to see people stand together and all the good that has come out of a bad situation.
“As the DHL Stormers we would like to show our support in some way for our beautiful city, the region, the brave and selfless fire-fighters and the amazing community spirit that continues to stand tall – especially when times are tough.
“Tomorrow is obviously a big game for us and we, as players, will continue to represent the Cape region – and its amazing people – with pride whenever we wear a DHL Stormers jersey.”
The DHL Stormers are already planning to host some of the fire-fighters at DHL Newlands next Saturday (March 14), when the Chiefs from New Zealand play here. More details of this will be released next week.
* Match tickets, priced between R80 and R140, can still be purchased ahead of Saturday’s big game at DHL Newlands – an all-South African Derby against the Sharks (kick-off 19h10) – either online, at wprugby.computicket.com, or from Computicket outlets and Shoprite & Checkers stores nationwide.