State of the game
August 29, 2012, 01:06:05
Lots of uncertainty hovers over the state of our beloved Boks and our ability currently to compete and beat the best that the world offers. At this stage in time we are suffering through a bad period of injuries with upwards of 5 key players that would obviously transform the capability of our Bok team to a squad capable of footing it with the other two super powers - Schalk Burger, Bismark Du Plesis, Duanne Vermuelen, JP Pieterson, Juan Smith will all provide a massive impact, go forward, leadership and direction we are struggling with.
We have the likes of Goosen whom looks like the most likely of the up and comers to don a Green jersey in the near future. Nonetheless I have never known such panic, disdain and confusion around the BOK game plan, team selection process and what the Bok strategy is for the rest of the RC and EOYT.
What is even more confusing and laughable is the fact that the BOKs havent even lost a game yet...WTF!!!!
The most worrying fact for me is that a nation such as ours with the depth of talent and skill we have is struggling at this moment in time - Question how can the loss of so few have such a massive impact on the ability of our national squad?
The value to lose now for gain later is too much a burden for HM and SA rugby to handle. Change is something that I believe is inevitable for SA to become the best as there is no use pretending you are the best when we are strugggling to hold onto 3rd.
What makes this even worse is the fact that 2nd place is held by a team such as the Wallabies whom have been mortally wounded by the AB's but in all pretences will probaby beat us on their home ground. Now you start to get a clearer picture on the state of our national squad
Experience, leadership, composure when you need it, intelligence are all the key characteristics of these players we are missing. Where is all this so called player depth and development of skills and future focused player retention programmes that SARU go on about all the time?
The likes of Schalk, Juan, JDV, Habana may not be around for the next RWC so we need to get leaders developed now or SA will only continue to be competitive but not the consistent world beaters that we all want so badly to become.
Yes we are a proud nation and yes we wll always be at the top of the rugby tree but unless we address some serious strategic and game plan issues and look to change what is so blantantly obvious then I am afraid we will fill 3rd spot for a lot longer and maybe lose moreoften on our NH EOYT????