WATCH | Capetonians turn out in droves to celebrate the Stormers champions at the town parade
Stormers players during their trophy parade. (Picture: @THESTORMERS/Twitter)
Young and old descended on the Grand Parade on Friday to celebrate with United Rugby Championship (URC) winners, the Stormers.
It was a loud and healthy vibe outside Cape Town City Hall as the Stormers flags were waved.
Stormers players and management, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis joined the festivities.
Official speeches were kept to a minimum, with players and top brass sporting bold smiles and singing and signing autographs for their ‘Loyal’.
Head coach John Dobson repeated a line he has grown accustomed to, saying they were indebted to their fans and were happy to rejoice in the victory with them.
“All of you who were at the stadium on Saturday were saying ‘thank you’, now it’s our turn,” Dobson said to cheers.
“We belong to the people of Cape Town and we will reflect that in the years to come,” he added.
Winde stepped forward to give a cheerful caution: “Now that you’ve earned it. Keep it,” he urged the team.
As captain Steven Kitshoff lifted the URC trophy, the confetti soared and a palpable sense of joy filled the air.
The players then mingled with the supporters, taking selfies and signing autographs.
Center Damian Willemse, scrum-half Herschel Jantjies, fly-half Manie Libbok, start Warrick Gelant and true Stormers celebration specialist Hacjivah Dayimani were popular with the fans.
The team then re-boarded their respective buses to begin their parade through the city center.
More parades are scheduled for the future.