Ralepelle must abandon Bok dream
November 16, 2012, 08:38:08
I have wondered for some years why there was any support fo rths iaverage player. Snapster however had him high on his list given his under 23 sttus tc. So her ewe hav eanother doubter (And please windpomp my negative views on Chilli bpy dont mean I am almost always agains tthe Boks etc - Bwahahahhahaha talk about missing the nail and hitting your thumb!!!))
RYAN VREDE of Keo, in Edinburgh, writes that Chiliboy Ralepelle needs good counsel and to be honest with himself and accept he doesn’t have a future with the Springboks.
Another tour carrying tackle bags. I can’t think of a player more familiar with their constitution than Ralepelle. He was overlooked for the Ireland Test, falling further down the queue with the inclusion of Schalk Brits. Now Ralepelle hasn’t been deemed good enough to play against Scotland and won’t see the grass of Twickenham unless injuries intervene.
I’ve written extensively about this subject and I still feel it is pertinent in light of how appallingly Ralepelle has been treated over the course of his Test career. (Hedidnt have t oaccept being picked even though he was not good enough. Where wa shis self respect!)
In detailing Ralepelle’s plight, you cannot ignore the impact and timing of injuries on his career. In 2008 then coach Peter de Villiers said he would have been his starting hooker had he not been sidelined at the beginning of his tenure. It proved to be no more than lip service, as De Villiers subsequently played Ralepelle in small bursts (Of coure it a different story when the rubber hits the road and you have t oactually play an underperfroming player). Jake White was culpable as well, consistently extolling Ralepelle’s value but seldom backing that with game time. (Culpable you say- well how about the whole quota system bing culpable for thsi disgusting way of dealing with things - pease note the abs NEVER EVER have to have convesations on this level.))
Meyer has been honest with Ralepelle from the start, never leading the player to believe he had more of a chance than he actually did. And with every hooker fit, Ralepelle is, at best, fourth in Meyer’s pecking order behind Bismarck du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss and Schalk Brits (Sorry he i salso behing Liebenberg!). Meyer told me on Monday that he doesn’t see Ralepelle as an impact player, which further undermines his cause.
‘I can’t speak for other coaches but I feel for Chiliboy,’ Meyer added. ‘This was the year I thought he would push hard for a starting spot. He had a chance when Bismarck was injured, but then he got injured himself, and when he came back he was on the bench for the Bulls while Adriaan got better and better. Then Tiaan [Liebenberg] came in and played really well. We’re blessed with some world-class hookers in South Africa. Hopefully next year Chili can play regularly and force his way back.’ (Dont bank on it he is an ordinary player and if we have no better than we are weak in that position)
I’ve spoken to some people close to the 26-year-old and he is deeply frustrated. This is understandable. In 21 Tests Ralepelle has played just 307 minutes, 125 of those against Italy and Namibia.
His contract with the Bulls runs until October 2013 . It is a simple business decision if emotion is removed. Ralepelle should cash in with a European or Japanese club thereafter or negotiate an early release. In the absence of a Test future, and having won every title he can with the franchise, Ralepelle needs to be selfish and pursue a deal that would benefit him financially as well as as player and person. Either that or continue to be the world’s best paid crash-test dummy (Great idea I am sure he will be snapped up like ou pdv has been. Yes he may get a contract at some lessor overseas club I guess - trouble is if another black player of classs doesnt emmerge then we have to find another quota one!)
Sorry I dont have very much sympathy for chilli boy he should never have come near a Bok side. Neither do i blame the coaches for picking him given their quot obligatiosn - what choice do they have. chilli boy though should live up to his claim that he made in England on that tour where he captained the Boks (Amazing really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) that he didnt want to be a quota player. That would earn him some respect but its somethig he has not lived up to.