It is one of those extraordinary factors in living a life of routine that when the unexpected inexplicably occurs, things tend to go somewhat pear-shaped and the conversation tends to drift into entirely unexpected areas.
How many times over the last few years have we heard claims that Johan Ackermann might be the head coach of the Lions, but that his loyal assistant Swys de Bruin is the real brains behind the dizzy heights Joburg’s Pride have grown accustomed to?
There was little in the mood of the usual gathering to suggest that South Africa’s 18-17 win over the Tricolores in Paris at the weekend had lightened the gloom hanging over the assembly and brought back any realistic expectations of this country’s future in world rugby.
Listening to the reaction following Wayde van Niekerk’s freak knee injury while taking part in a celebrity touch rugby match last month, his decision to take up the invitation in the first place seems rather silly.
It became increasingly obvious to the rest of the usual assembly that, normally tolerant to a fault about other people’s views, the heart and mind of the Follicly-challenged Fireman was a long distance from the unceasing monologue being aimed in his direction.