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Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 6 Oct 2011 at 16:52
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I was shocked to learn that SARU’s commercial manager, Andy Marinos, was quoted as saying that should the Boks be eliminated from the World Cup this weekend, the players would be able to join their unions and bolster squads ahead of the final weekend of round robin matches.

Now this is something that seems to happen on an annual basis, but this year, being the ‘watered-down’ Currie Cup and all, I thought that we will finally get a chance to see the youngsters play in the play-offs, proving their mettle.

The sad reality behind the Springbok quarter final game against Australia on Sunday morning, is that there is every chance that we might lose the match, as hard as that is to accept. Should the unthinkable happen, this would have a major effect on the final stages of the Currie Cup.

The first reality that hits is that a team that has been performing so well throughout the competition, the Lions, will only get back one player, whilst the teams that have been performing so much poorer, will be bolstered by multiple players.

This could end in heart break for most Lions supporters, whilst being a gross injustice to a team that has lead the pack for all twelve weeks of the tournament so far.

Should the Boks win this weekend, which I suspect is very possible, they will secure a further two weeks in New Zealand, as even losing semi finalists play in the final weekend for the bronze medal. That would eliminate any Springbok involvement in the Currie Cup, which I think most of us would prefer.

So Springboks, not only do you have the weight of expectation of an entire country on your shoulders, but the fairness of the Currie Cup lies in your hands. Moer Hulle!!



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