Until SARU and the powers that be decide that they will assist with the payment of players to keep them spread out amongst the Super playing unions, bigger unions will headhunt players performing at the smaller unions.
The Cheetahs find themselves, for the first time ever, in the hunt for a Super Rugby playoff spot in their most successful season ever, but sadly it seems that with great success will come great disappointment.
It is no secret that the central franchise is not the richest of them all and that they lose players every year, but every union loses players so that is not what this post is about, my point is that the Cheetahs owe their success to the same players playing for a couple of consecutive seasons, but sadly this will definitely change after this year’s competition comes to an end.
There are rumours amongst rumours flying around and I will not do a whole Baylion which players went where table, but I can almost guarantee that at least one of Piet van Zyl, Willie le Roux, Raymond Rhule, Robert Ebersohn, Lappies Labuschagne, Philip vd Walt or Trevor Nyakane will not be pulling a orange and white jersey over their heads next year come Super Rugby time.
I feel the worst for a player like Willie who is contracted to Griquas who have absolutely zero chance of competing against the Bulls, Stormers etc.
It is nothing personal I know, business is business and this is a professional sport, I myself moved to JHB from Bloemfontein for the paycheck, I just can’t see why the Bulls would want to buy a Piet van Zyl just to warm the bench and not give him enough game time to keep his form because he will undoubtedly play second fiddle to Spyder rider.
Which brings me back to my first point, SARU have to step in somewhere and look after the best interest of the Springbok players giving them all ample game time and helping smaller unions hold onto them to do just that.
P.S. Hopefully the Cheetahs get through their first Quarter Final of Super Rugby.