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The Weekly Whinge

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 18 Aug 2014 at 10:35
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Having found myself completely disinterested in any form of rugby for most part of the year so far, my fingers started itching to put pen to paper, in the figurative sense of course, after watching some of the so-called rugby dished up over this past weekend.

I thought it a good idea to do a weekly piece of what I thought of the weekend’s garbage… I mean weekend’s rugby, and so scratching the itch.

To start off, I think Supersport should have a decent claim against the Springboks. SS must have paid a pretty penny to be able to televise the Springbok games live, and what was dished up on Saturday evening can hardly be called rugby. Swimming perhaps, maybe even some sort of kicking waterpolo of sorts, but definitely not rugby.

Before you all jump onto the comments section and blame the whole farcical event on the rain, I do acknowledge the fact the match was doomed even before kick-off, thanks to Loftus turning into an oversized Olympic swimming pool. Playing must have been an absolute nightmare, and although I was in favour of our new flyhalf starting the match, it did seem a good idea to revert to old faithful to win the match for the Boks.

What disappointed most though was the fact that neither flyhalf looked comfortable in the wet, and Morne Steyn even worse than his much younger team mate. Considering that the next World Cup is set to take place on what is well known as a mud island, this is of some concern to me.

Yes, it is likely not going to rain, hail and snow at every rugby match set to be held at the 2015 showpiece, but what if it so happens to influence a big match at the event. Are we simply going to blame the rain and walk away from yet another tournament empty handed? Or should someone somewhere not be thinking about this and plan accordingly?

Maybe someone is thinking in advance, allowing Ruan Pienaar to play while he is used to the conditions. But if that display was him being used to the conditions, I would rather go without, to be honest. He slowed down the Springbok game to his pace, which is the pace at which his one-brow is growing, and went on to try and be the first man to kick the logo off a ball. It was frustrating and predictable, and the sheer number of charge downs bear testament to that.

I sat watching the game at an open air event with roughly 5 000 people, and it was with great sadness that one after the other chose to rather miss the Springbok match than miss an Afrikaans singer set to start after the game. Never in my life would I have thought that to be an option, but I saw it unfolding right in front of me. Another sign that the rugby was poor – when you start noticing other people’s movements.

I was optimistic before the match – Pollard’s inclusion was something that excited me. The thought of the Springboks running in a few well worked tries while the forwards dominated was something to look forward to. But alas, the little positivity that could be taken from the June Internationals was swept under the rug, or hidden behind Ruan’s eyebrows, and it is with difficulty that I see myself getting excited about the return leg this coming weekend.

Instead of looking forward to the game, I am silently hoping the Argentinian team does not click during the match, as I fear the worst for my beloved Green and Gold.


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