Durban - Corné Krigé didn’t spring, Mark Fish dived, and the whole operation resulted in one buckled bicycle wheel.
They weren’t on the sporting pitch, but the competitive natures of Fish and Krigé are irrepressible and an action-packed rickshaw race left Pedro Rodrigues, a New Germany resident, trying to straighten his bicycle wheel.
With Survivor South Africa Season 1 winner Vanessa Marawa and local personality Krijay Govender as passengers, Krigé and Fish lined up to race each other on Durban’s beachfront on Friday afternoon.
Krigé clipped the wheel of Rodrigues’s bicycle as he turned his rickshaw during the race, and forgot one of the race rules – to jump in the manner of Durban’s famous rickshaw riders – losing by disqualification to Fish.
Fish himself took a fall while trying to pip Krigé to the post, grazing his elbows.
Shenanigans took place on the sand shortly afterwards as the former Springbok captain and the former football star had to get in touch with their arty sides.
They had to recreate the Survivor logo, while Kevin Minter-Brown, stuntman for East Coast Radio’s Breakfast show, got up to all sorts of tricks in an attempt to disrupt them, dressed in a lion outfit.
A breathless Minter-Brown spent a good few minutes lying on the sand after Krigé tackled him as though he were a New Zealand loose forward, and the two competitors had a bit of time unhindered thereafter.
While their logos weren’t exactly masterpieces, the commotion allowed young Durbanites to get a glimpse of the sporting heroes and fans could get a photo with them.
Krigé and Fish spent 28 days in the South China Seas battling it out as team captains for Survivor South Africa: Champions, the fifth season, and are making their way through South Africa’s coastal cities as the show’s finale nears.
“It’s a physical onslaught, a mental onslaught and a psychological onslaught, and you have to tackle all the challenges,” said Krigé of Survivor.
With food constantly on the contestants’ minds, and families far away, the tension was ever-present, according to Krigé. “You’re dirty and tired and you haven’t slept, so what you see is real,” he said of the drama of the television show.
And the beards?
“Mine’s a bit grey, so if I could, I would probably have dyed it black,” said Krigé.
He and Fish are competing for R500 000, to be decided by viewers, and the road show provides fans of the show with an opportunity to see the two in person as they get up to a whole lot of mischief.
They head to Port Elizabeth next, and will finish their trip in Cape Town.
Independent on Saturday