The search for South Africa’s first female rugby presenter has come to an end with Elma Smit clinching the title of Lady Rugga in a live Supersport broadcast over the weekend. Linden lass Elma Smit for once ran out of words when Derek Alberts asked how she was feeling after being crowned.
“I’m not usually the kind of person who runs out of words, it’s not something I’m comfortable with.” she said. “I’m feeling very lucky, very very lucky and I’m honoured with this title”.
On a night when judges Naas Botha (who was as sexist as ever during the show), Elana Afrika, Darren Scott and Ashley Hayden were faced with the unenviable task of selecting Lady Rugga out of 15 exceptionally talented ladies who all put in quite a bit of work towards achieving their dreams of being pitch side at the Rugby World Cup presenting to the millions of rugby mad South Africans, they unanimously agreed that the Lady Rugga crown was a perfect fit onto Smit’s head.
After a long day filled with a series of tasks the top 15 was whittled down to a top 3 and the 25-year old who is originally from Stellenbosch found herself up against Motshidisi Mohona and Janina Oberholzer at the last hurdle of the competition.
Their final task was that of interviewing Blue Bulls centre Wynand Olivier in a post-match scenario.
She impressed the judges with her passion and understanding of the subtle nuances of the game with Elma highlighting rugby’s current burning issue- neck clamping, which Olivier was subject to on Friday night. Smit will be jetting off to the Land of the Long White Cloud in September for her first assignment as Lady Rugga and we’re all amped to see how she fairs.