TWICKENHAM – South African rugby coach Heyneke Meyer yesterday revealed that he had made a covenant with God to “found a house as a memorial of His Great Name” if He helps South Africa beat New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals today.
After losing to Japan in the first round of the tournament, South Africa needs divine intervention if it is to defeat champions New Zealand in today’s match, observers said.
Meyer also accused New Zealand Captain Richie McCaw of having persuaded Dingaan to murder Piet Retief and his 1838 national team at UmGungundlovu, along with some 100 innocent rugby fans.
“Tomorrow we will avenge the blood of our heroes slain by the perfidious All Blacks,” Heyneke said at the conclusion of a church service yesterday near the sacred ground of Twickenham.
Free State University history professor Andries Pretorious questioned Meyer’s knowledge of history, saying that McCaw had never visited South Africa before the 1995 world cup.