Our administrative capital is a city of many names. Pretoria, named after Martinus Pretorius, is one. Tshwane, the Setswana name for the Apies river, is another. It’s the third name that interests us today: Die huis van die Bulle (The house of the Bulls).
It’s hard to ignore the contribution that the Bulls have made to South African rugby over the years. They are multiple winners of Super Rugby and Curry Cup competitions and have produced more than their face share of Springboks over the years. The union was found way back in 1938 when it broke away from the Transvaal union, a move that in itself cemented the derby we now know as the Jukskei derby (Bulls v.s. Lions). On our visit to Loftus, exactly such a derby was played.
The first trophy was lifted in 1946 when the North Tranvaal (as it was then known) defeated Western Province in the Currie Cup final. Since then the Bulls have won 20 Currie Cups and 3 Super rugby titles. After yesterday they can add another trophy to their cabinet, The Braai4Heritage trophy.
Even for a die-hard Western Province fan like myself, it’s hard to deny that Pretoria is historically a very important rugby city in South Africa. On another note though, Pretoria is definitely one of the many braai capitals of South Africa.
Thank you to the Blue Bulls rugby union (www.bluebulls.co.za) for organizing all permissions for us to braai at the stadium and to hand-over the Braai4Heritage trophy. Uitkyk Butchery was our meat supplier for the day (firstname.lastname@example.org, 012 8043280) and supplied us with Chicken sosaties, cheese grillers and boerewors.