Are players overplayed
Flu bug strikes the Stormers just before the Cheetahs game and Habana and de Jongh are doubtful starters. Brache is also on the list.
With all the injuries to key players and now the flu it seems that the Stormers are in for a long day at the office.
The arme old Lions have got 3 more injuries to add to the list of their woes so the match against the Rebels will be a tough one. From a Stormers point of view, we need the Lions to front up and soften them up a bit with a tough physical game
I’m not all that sure of the injury list for the Sharks Bulls and Cheetahs but the continued lengthening of these lists must raise the question of….. why are there so many injuries each year.
Is it fitness and conditioning
Is it players expected to play “through” minor injuries, which then get worse
Is it players not disclosing injuries in order to play and get match fees
Is it too much rugby without the appropriate rest periods
Granted, sickness like flu cannot be regulated or avoided but surely over playing certain players must receive attention now.
The Super15 has been extended from S14, the Springboks play mid year tours, Tri nations was extended and the Springboks play year end tours. Highly excessive in my humble opinion! Prof. Tim Noakes has been saying for years, that our rugby players are not properly rested which can and has resulted in a much higher injury rate.
The IRB and all national boards need to set up guidelines for the amount of time any individual player can spend on the field of play. The various positions must be taken into account in the time equation because some positions in the scrum work much harder and expend more energy than others. I know that backline players will say that they play an equal part with the forwards but let’s be honest, pushing in scrums and loose rucks and mauls expends more energy than running and passing the ball. Players should be restricted to specific playing time quotas immaterial of who they play for.
In SA the players often play under different coaches in Currie cup, Super 15 and Springboks and all coaches and sponsors want and expect their pound of flesh. Provincial and Super franchise coaches want their players for all matches and could care less if the guys are too tired to play Bok tests, which dishes up poor international rugby.
Besides the physical side the players in a franchise are coached on defense, running lines and other tactics, then they are expected to magically adapt to new lines, defense and tactics almost overnight for test rugby, which then is reversed back to S15.
No wonder there is confusion and mistakes. It’s crazy!