DESPITE the excitement of watching their favourite rugby team, the Blue Bulls, play, the club's black supporters fear for their lives should the Tshwane side lose.
The Bulls are odds-on favourites to cruise to victory against the Free State Cheetahs, who they face in the final of the Currie Cup at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday.
In a snap survey conducted this week, some of the club's black rugby supporters expressed their fears at the possibility of the Bulls losing the game. Harassment and beatings become the order of the day while victory means all-night partying, free alcohol and free transport.
Amos Mosifa, 18, from Atteridgeville, said: "The atmosphere is always electric in any final that involves the Bulls. We normally mix with our white allies and watch the game together.
"It is more exciting when the team wins because our white counterparts offer us hospitality - drinks, food and then we will dance through the night together until the wee hours of the morning. But all hell breaks loose when the Bulls are on the receiving end of a beating."
David Khanye said both black and white supporters paint their faces blue and together raise the "Our Blood Is Blue" posters and flags. But he said things turn sour when the Bulls stumble to a defeat.
Trevor Mashigo from Mamelodi said he fell in love with rugby after the Springboks won the World Cup in 1995.
"It is always exciting to watch our local rugby team in action, especially in the final of any competition. Together we cheer on the Bulls with our white counterparts, but there are those who give us cold shoulders and that is uncalled for," he said.
Lucas Thulare from Sunnyside said the atmosphere was always fantastic in Pretoria when the Bulls played the finals.
"When the Bulls win we forget about colour and celebrate together.''
However, most black people said rugby was still very much a white man's sport. Some white supporters were reluctant to talk to Sowetan.