It feels like only yesterday we were sitting on the edges of our seats, snacking on some tasty droëwors whilst screaming at our TV screens in hopes that our beloved Springboks would hear us routing for them during the semi-finals against Australia. Yet here we are again, green and gold shirts at the ready, fresh, ice cold drinks waiting in the refrigerator and our game faces on and well prepared for round two, four years later. However, contradictory to its gender stereotype – Rugby isn’t necessarily a man’s game, in fact, in recent years the ratio of men to women watching the game has levelled out quite substantially – so we thought we would take it upon ourselves to set a few things straight when it comes to WOMEN watching the game…
Here are 10 things not to do when your WOMAN is watching the Rugby:
- Don’t try to teach her the rules – unless she asks.
- Don’t hint that you need another drink / snack – Go ahead and get it yourself, chances are she is more into the game than you are.
- Understand that she may like a player for reasons you cannot understand
- Never be condescending about her watching the game – she probably started off watching the sport to make sure you had something in common, but she has learned to love it – a lot!
- Beer and peanuts (or the like) often lead to rather unpleasant bodily functions – keep them to a minimum (or hide it if you can) – she may enjoy the game like one of the boys, but she isn’t one.
- To be a real gentleman – get the drinks ready for the game in the pre-match chat and at half time, and hopefully she would have done the same with the snacks
- Don’t hog the biltong
- If you don’t like the sport, keep out of her way, and don’t talk during the match, unless it is game related!
- Join in if she gets rowdy – and sing ‘SHOSHOLOZA’ at full tilt with her
- If the boys are all watching, allow her to be part of the rugby talk – she might just add a point or two you were unaware of. Try to take her opinions seriously – she may just show you up if you don’t!
And on that note, GAME ON!