GALLERY: Super fans watched Springboks against Wales

Kevin and twin brother Andrew Aldridge tour London with their friend Burton Meyer (centre)

Kevin Aldridge, Pastor at Bryanston Bible Church (BCC) shares his journey of an all expenses-paid trip for three, to London.

The trip was made possible after he had won the #1Team1Nation campaign, to watch the Rugby World Cup quarter finals.

Pastor Aldrige, along with his identical twin brother, Andrew and best friend Burton Meyer, arrived in London on 14 October, for the quarter finals.

“With great anticipation followed by some lingering disbelief that this was actually happening,” said Pastor Aldridge.

The three arrived in London and were met by their driver Simon, “A big, burly and friendly Englishman,” he joked.

After arriving at Melia Whitehouse Hotel, they immediately began to explore London on foot.

They saw London’s West End and also visited Piccadilly Circus.

“That evening we met some locals [ South Africans] at a pub called The Globe. The Guinness was good but the chicken pie was even better,” he continued.

After a hearty breakfast, they headed out for some more exploration – spreading warm SA love to the locals.

“The London Eye, Westminster Abby, Big Ben, Churchill War Rooms will all never be the same again!” exclaimed the pastor.

That morning, the Boks were playing in the quarter finals of the RWC 2015 against the Dragons from Wales.

“Our group, dubbed the ‘Super Sub Front Row (SSFR)’ gathered at breakfast with steely eyes and pumping hearts,” explained Pastor Aldridge.

“The game was tense, and as the Welsh contingent sang we countered with our own singing,” he added.

He said at the end of the game they breathed a sigh of relief as Wayne Barnes blew the final whistle and the Springboks secured their place in the semi-final.

“It genuinely felt like we were faithful in our support of the Boks and we could celebrate their victory with immense pride,” added Pastor Aldridge.

He added that after the game, they shook General Fourie’s hand in congratulations and got signatures from the team.

Before making their way back home on 19 October, they took a walk down the Thames River and went over Tower Bridge past the Tower of London.

Pastor Aldridge thanks #1Team1Nation campaign for what was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a dream come true for him.

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