October 12, 2011 in Uncategorized
You know I didn’t want to start my blog this way but anyone who has read any of my rugby blogs would know what a passionate Springbok supporter I am and the obvious disappointment I still have that we’re no longer taking part in the 2011 RWC. Reading the rugby articles and the social media comments, I’ve noticed that the 2 reasons why we lost jump out more often than the others. & they are: The Boks didn’t take / use their opportunities & ofcoz, Bryce Lawrence.. I’m kinda dragging my feet, unsure which way I want to go coz I’m still a bit emotional (obviously) & neither option is very comforting. Maybe even writing this blog is still a bit too early. I mean I’ve already joined the petition to have Bryce sacked but I did that out of anger. I probably would’ve joined any petition that could ruin this guy professionally or make his life hell.. from kicking his dog to having him only officiate high school games in small South African towns known for their over-passionate & sometimes violent supporters!! BUT, I took my name off the petition coz I trust the IRB will handle him.. Yeah right!!?? And to think I was so happy when I read Stu DICKinson was retiring man. But what’s done is done and we’ve just got to move on. I’ve tried to focus my attention on the Currie cup with my beloved WP getting their Boks back (hopefully this weekend already).
However what saddens me about our premature exit (yeah I’m gona call it that) is that it could mean the end for our colorful Bok coach. I mean unless SARU provides us with the biggest surprise since the AB’s exit in the ’99 RWC by re-appointing P-Divvy, what other team is gonna want his services?? Ou Pietertjie never got the respect he deserved from almost everyone in the rugby world and yes he didn’t help himself with some dodgy (yet creative) answering of questions & comments in the media but I guess what mattered most to him was that there was mutual respect between him and his players and even with speculations that the senior boks “managed” the boks, I think it was far from it coz just like Franky, Ou Pieterjie did it his way and you definitely can not deny that. You’ve got to respect the man for that and I for one wish you well Mr. De Villiers. Would I reappoint him you may wonder? I have to say no. We need something new, something fresh. We broke borders when we appointed our first non-white coach, maybe we should continue the braking border trend by appointing our first foreign coach?? Hang on, hang on.. It’s just a suggestion.
I read the Sports 24 article where it was said that Coetzee, Rassie & Smal where early favorites to take over their reigns from P-Divvy with Treu a favorite to be the backline coach? Wait a minute.. I thought the head coach has a say as to who he want his assistants to be. I mean it makes sense doesn’t it? What happens if one those 3 coaches get picked and they don’t even like True’s coaching style? Do they just suck it up?? Me personally would like to see someone like Rassie or Coetzee take over the reigns with someone like Smal, Jones or Mitchell as your assistants but I doubt if the latter coaches would be interested in that. Who ever take over from P-Divvy will be blessed with a very strong Bok squad. With up & comers like Lambie, Hougaard & de Jongh, regulars like Bissie, Bekker, Brussow & veterans like Jaque, Schalk & Juan that will be probably still be there, I’m looking really looking forward to the next 2-4 years. Throw in youngsters like Johan Goosen, Siya Kolisi, Francois Venter, Jaco Taute & Arna Botha who are quickly making a name for themselves in the Currie Cup, you can’t help but to lick your lips for 2012!! Noticed how my mood & optimism changed from my first paragraph to last?? Yeah guys, I know it hurts, trust me on this one but we’ve got to move on!!!
Ps: In my previous blog I said that if we don’t win the RWC, then I hope New Zealand wins it & even more so now after what happened on Sunday. So with that & I can’t believe I’m going to say this but uhm.. (..cough-cough..) good luck all blacks!!