Durban - Small but enthusiastic groups of supporters turned out for the Sharks rugby team as they toured central Durban in an open top double-decker bus with the Currie Cup on Wednesday.
The Sharks beat Western Province 33-19 in the final at Newlands on Saturday to claim the trophy.
Captain Keegan Daniel and his team met eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo and the municipality's executive council as part of the celebrations.
Outside the Durban City Hall supporters carried posters proclaiming “Sharks Patrol These waters” and “Our Currie Cup Heroes”.
The players signed autographs and posed with supporters for photographs outside the city hall.
One excited supporter, Nita Steenberg, said: “It's the first time I have met them live. I'm so happy I could see them. It's just my team. I love them to bits.”
Nxumalo praised the team for its efforts and the win that saw the Currie Cup return to Kings Park for the first time since 2010.
Players Lwazi Mvovo, Sizo Maseko, and veteran Odwa Ndungane were a hit with the young drum majorettes who marched ahead of the bus as it made its tour of central Durban.
Office workers and shop customers, caught unawares that there was to be a parade, came out to cheer the team.