January 31, 2012 in Uncategorized
For many years now the overseas people have been negative towards our S.A. sportsmen. I find that the overseas people forget what we have come from as a country, and have overcome apartheid, and still we are able to produce brilliant sportsmen. I find it very irritating that our players aren’t given the credit they deserve for their achievements, whether it is at home in S.A or in an overseas country under all the circumstances they have faced.
A comment that annoyed me the other day was when Ian Chappell failed to mention Jacques Kallis as a great batsman of this era. He mentioned all the greats but left out the South African great Jacques Kallis who has been a rock in the South African innings for many years now. Kallis has sparked for S.A on all levels of the game and the fact he failed to mention it. I find it very disrespectful towards a man of his class.
In both rugby and cricket, overseas commentators hardly ever compliment us on the things our players do right. For example the Springboks score a great try and the commentator says the try wasn’t too bad or they were lucky to score it. I find that really annoying for players who work so hard playing the sport they love and then the commentators speak of them as if they where nothings. I think it’s time these commentators grow up and give these players the respect they deserve.
I also find that the overseas referees constantly penalise our players for things that they don’t do and I find it pathetic that the IRB take a referees side even though they know the referee is in the wrong. Examples of these types of referee’s are Bryce Lawrence of NZ, Nigel Owens of Wales and Stuart Dickenson of Aus, there are obviously more but in my opinion these ref’s are the worst.
I really hope from now, continuing into the future that all this negativity stops and that these people grow up and actually see us as an up and coming sports country. We are a proud country that unites together as one when our national teams play and I think we should be congratulated for it!!!