May 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
Since I was a little boy i have been a Western Province supporter, even during my Francois Pienaar-phase I still supported Province. When the Blue run started and we could not buy a trophy i still supported the beloved blue and white stripped team…even during the Luke area and that Figian/Samoan/Islander who blew our chances year after year.
A few years ago I moved to Port Elizabeth and to my astonishment there were very few Eastern Province supporters. Local was nie lekker nie! The local union was in disarray and some cheecky oke was trying his best to use every single contact he had to get this once proud province back to the glory days of yesteryear. Though my heart will always be proudly Province I did my best to get behind the local boys, as long as they did not play WP, and even call them my adopted team. I proudly acknowledged their inclusion into Super Rugby and stood behind them all the way. Even though I decided not to play superbru when asked to pick a winner by some bloggers i picked the Kings to win…and i actually got it right twice! I got excited when they scored points and sad when they lost…but nothing can come close to the absolute anger and frustration i have experienced this season from the Stormers!
Listening to the coach and the captain week after week fumbling with their useless words on why they almost made it and did not…. K@K! Or what small changes would make all the difference… K@K! And week after week i saw slight glimses of what could possibly have been THE YEAR…but no, not this time, not this year. At least we won the Curry Cup and i thought the tide had turned, we have turned the corner, taken the step, etc to a winning province…THE winning province! But no… We have so many great players…JdV, Gio, Brain, JdJ, Deon, Dwain, Andries, Etzie, Tiaan, Ginger en nog so baie ander name! But NO, another year of failure!
Now, to calm myself and to make a point, i will move to another sport, Football, soccer, a hooligan sport, i my opinion, with overpaid mommy’s boys who throw a hissy fit if they cant play every week. Sorry, off topic… my point i am trying to make is that with all the things i dislike about the sport they do know how things must change when a team keeps under performing. Even ending second could be the end of your carreer…look at that guy who thinks he was/is the chosen-one. Gone, thanks for coming, pick up your coat at the door…byebye!
My point is clear, talented players are not performing. Talented players in a seemingly professional setup are not performing. Things need to change. Do we need new players? Yes, we are lacking in some areas and depth but that is not enough. The time has come for province and its fat executive committee to start acting like a professional set up… ring the changes! What is not/has not been working for the last few years? Why cant Province take the step up from competitive to champions? How can some of the most exciting backline players in the world look so dull? How can a union that is known for great running rugby kick the ball more than the land of Naas Botha, Morne Steyn and Hougie?
If this was football AC would be on his bike after the first 5 games. The sport must evolve and blaming the ref (admittedly they are super poor this year) has been the fall back for too long. You keep blaming those half-arsed speedcops to determine the winner. Score more points and you win! Thats that, end of story. Just to illustrate how bad it is, the Kings who only got their full squad together less than six months before SR 2013 started beat the Rebels but the Stormers that have more Springboks and Junior World Cup winners than non-Springboks could not beat the bottom dwelling Rebels. How is that possible? Actually the Kings got more points out of their tour than the Sharks or the Stormers got…maybe even the Bulls (how many did the bulls win down under?)
Something is wrong in the Cape of Good Hope…and it needs to change now!