The scoreboard was in TUT’s favour for most of the game and suddenly about ten minutes before the final whisle the scoreboard suddenly moved from 23-19 all the way up to 23-33 favouring the University of Johannesburg. Tshwane had many missed opportunities and bizarre passes to UJ players.
Outside the pitch though, on the stands, the match received a bit of the African flavor without the vuvuzela. There was singing that would often be found in football matches and some die-hard rugby fans of the older generation just couldn’t get it. Some of the oldies were pointing and shaking their heads with disapproval, but that didn’t stop the fans from enjoying themselves.
There was also the usual screaming and shouting and some people had even lost their voices by the end of the evening in the packed TUT Pretoria West Stadium.
The visitors, UJ, came in huge numbers as well, but they seemed to be the rugby spectators of the traditional kind who scream, shout and get frustrated without the celebration that the losers of the evening had. Even after the final whistle TUT spectators continued singing, but this time the songs were slightly different as they changed from being motivational to demanding answers from their players on what went wrong.
The next TUT match is an away game on Monday, the 14th of February 2010, against the University of Pretoria. The Vikings are hoping their fans will abandon their Valentine’s Day plans and accompany them to the other side of Pretoria and give them the same motivation as on Monday evening.