Lions And The Cape Of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope, the most southerly point of the African continent is 70 kilometres miles from Cape Town, the point at which the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, where the warm Arguilhas and the colder Benguela Currents merge.

This mixing of two currents, and sea temperatures, results in the aquatic turbulence that gave the point its original name, the Cape of Storms.

The name was changed by John II of Portugal to reflect the optimism of it becoming a shorter route from Europe to India by sea. “The Cape” has been and still is a global landmark for sailors rounding the African coast, as it marked a significant waypoint in the Cape Route and Clipper Route for ships operating between Europe, the Far East and Australia.

There has been a storm brewing all week in the area, and on Saturday it hit the Cape Town Stadium.

Lions fans had plenty of good hope of their own after a first test victory sevens days earlier, but with the Springboks fighting for their rugby lives, the visitors knew they had to batten down the hatches and weather an onslaught.

In a match that latest slightly longer than a Rassie Erasmus video, but was equally as unwholesome at times, the Lions after riding the waves in the first half were hit by a green tsunami in the second period.

The officials looked in need of a lifeguard in the early stages as their decisions were nervously and uncertainly delivered, maybe they could see the Boks water carrier was blocking their eye line.

So we head to a decider next Saturday, in Cape Town.

Once the citings and videos are done and dusted the focus will rightly turn to those that really matter the players and officials.

Around the Cape of good hope the deep depression that settled in late Saturday night is looking to give way to brighter skies for the Lions by next weekend, although Rassie’s meteorological midweek video may cloud the issue.


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