As they did at the Rugby World Cup final itself, a group of weary Springbok players and management made one final push to say thank you to South Africans on the final leg of their Trophy Tour through the Mother City on Monday.
After five days of unbridled joy and love from Pretoria to Soweto, from Joburg to Durban, East London to Port Elizabeth and, most moving of all, to captain Siya Kolisi's hometown of Zwide, average South Africans from all walks of life shared in the pleasure of being the best at something.
But this wasn't a tour to celebrate a destination. It wasn't a tour to revel in an achievement, only to be forgotten and wasted in the coming years. This was a tour to celebrate a beginning, not an end.
The Springboks vowed to fight on the field to continue to be the best team on the planet and not let this moment of rugby supremacy be just that - a moment. But they also asked South Africans to follow their example and unite as a country, like they did as a team.
They asked South Africans to see their neighbours, colleagues, friends and even strangers, through...