When the Kings was introduced as the fifth Super Rugby franchise in last year, it sparked fury amongst supporters, OK, a reasonable amount of them. Most of them will wish that they have a very hard and long season.
The reason for the inclusion at the time SARU made the decision was to make sure that the untapped talent from the region be used. Now many post has been written on this topic, but I just want to get something straight…
Cheeky Watson has known for a while now that the Kings would get their date in 2011, heck, I bet you he even knew it before hand. Now for me, it is stupid to send a team to play Super Rugby that doesn’t even feature in the Currie Cup, that just screams suicide. So Oregan Hoskins probably asked Cheeky what he would do about getting together a squad of 35 players for the 2013 Super Rugby season, and he said that he will buy a few players from other provinces, and also look abroad.
Now buying from other provinces is not a problem, heck, you just let an entire Lions team start to worry about their futures, so the Lions did the other unions a favor by loaning in most cases these players out to other unions. They would then have a strong case for assembling a group that can at least win a game or two. But it seems that Cheeky (forgetting the sole purpose of this union), has gone on and got 5 foreign players on his paysheet. And he has included all 5.
Now Mr Watson (puke) Sr, I would like to know how you would feel if say I did the following:
The Sharks to my knowledge are the first South African team to play your beloved Kings. What would you do if we secretly bought 5 foreign players because of say…some injury worries. You would roll out your pathetic squad and we would announce ours, and there that 5 names would pop into your head, let’s say for instance we would get the services of say, Martin Castrogiovanni, just because we short on prop, and then say Jerry Collins because Keegan Daniel was just pulled to the sidelines for 8 weeks, Fred Michalak, because Butch James decided that he wanted to retire early and focus on book sales, Sonny Bill Williams because he wanted to make up for the White Buffalo incident and because Tim Whitehead was also out for a few months and just for the fun of it Geordon Murphy because Riaan Viljoen decided to go back to Freestate.
What would your response then be? “No this cannot be done, this is against the rules”
Do you understand the point I am trying to make? If SARU says that you could only field two of them players, why are you bothering with naming all 5 that is on your books? Was the Melbourne Rebels, Western Force or Cheetahs given the same fair chance? What makes Cheeky Watson different then anyone else? Even so, I could ask why SARU just not get rid of these fools, and try and do something worthwhile for the Union, by uhm, first letting them find some winning ways into the Currie Cup, who by the way, is much stronger now that it is 6 on 6.
I am so sick of this parade. It is unfair to the people of the Eastern Cape, and especially the youngsters that has to come through the grass root level, something else they clearly need to address, but hey, who am I ranting to?