To win a game even against supposedly weak opposition, when playing badly proves that we can do it. It can’t get any worse, I hope, so the only way forward is to get better. The excuses of, young team, inexperience etc. are just excuses not reasons. If these guys shone in Super rugby they can do so against any one of the three other teams. If the Bulls or Cheetahs had played on Saturday they would have done better.
S15 is on a par with 6 nations in my opinion and Italy and Scotland didn’t do all that well there but the Scots sure upped their game on Saturday..
I am tired of hearing the one side of the fans muttering about youth, inexperience, lack of time with the coach. poor defense, not combining properly, too much rugby, poor refereeing from NH refs, etc etc etc. While the other side of the fan base say, if you’re good enough you’re old enough and S15 is on a par with 6 Nations, leave out players like Spies, Pienaar, de Villiers and bring in the young players so they can get the experience before Champions cup,etc etc etc. What do you want?
I want less excuses and more reasons but most of all I want remedies. I am a bad loser when it comes to rugby and I don’t want to lose any game immaterial of who the opposition is…… losing is unacceptable!
International rugby is not the place for experimentation and it should not be seen as secondary to the S15 by the franchise coaches. SARU have got to give the National team priority and enforce playing time and player management. Players must be managed at Super 15 and Currie cup level so that the players are at their peak for national duty and can be played without the excuses of too much rugby, jaded, needs a break or should be rested etc. In my opinion the teams should be structured so that top priority is Springbok, Super 15 franchise and then Currie Cup, Vodacom cup, Varsity cup.
International players must be identified by the National coach and must all be first choice players at their franchise. Ralapele, Vermaak, and many others sit or sat on benches while others played and players not even in the running for a Bok spot play week in and week out at other franchises. Talented players on benches while mediocre players play for the top teams is the wrong way to go. Another thing that must be emphasized is combinations in pivotal positions. Front row, locks, loosies, 9 and 10, back three and centers are dependent on combinations. Taking a look at the present Bok side there is not one combination from the same team. Front row NO, Locks NO, Loosies NO, 9 10 NO, Centers NO, Back three NO.
My question is WHY NOT?