Is South African Rugby trying to ease away from being blamed for making a (there is no other word for it) KAK decision?
All these years they have rabbited on about how the Eastern Cape is the cradle of development and that they support rugby in this region only to toss the Southern Kings under the Super Rugby buss the minute our sheep loving criminal cousins wave a bundle of cash under their noses.
Now that the ‘Koel is deur die Kerk’ and we finally have a winning team methinks that SARU may be feeling a little bit like they cut off their noses to spite their own face and acted prematurely in allowing the Southern Kings to swing from the Super Rugby Yardarm.
SARU continue releasing press releases that say stuff like this; “The PE game will be both teams’ final encounter in the competition following their decision to pursue other playing opportunities in view of the competition’s revamp next year.”
Somehow or other I don’t see the Kings or the Cheetahs being the ones to DECIDE to pursue other interests.
The obfuscation by SARU is a little bit like the guy who plunged to his death from a bridge out of a crowd – was he pushed OR did he decide to take the plunge?
Coach Deon Davids, who this year has led the Kings to their best performance in the competition, made just one change and a positional switch to his starting side that beat the Vodacom Bulls last weekend.
Southern Kings v Toyota Cheetahs teams:
Southern Kings: 15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 Wandile Mjekevu, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje (captain), 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Andisa Ntsila, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Mzamo Majola. Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Irne Herbst/Mzwanele Zito, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Rudi van Rooyen, 22 Masixole Banda, 23 Waylon Murray/Yaw Penxe.
Toyota Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Elandre Huggett, 1 Ox Nche. Replacements: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Armandt Koster, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Chris Dry, 22 Ruan van Rensburg, 23 Niel Marais.
Date: Friday 14 July 2017 from 19h00 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth. Referee: Egon Seconds. Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Cwengile Jadezweni. Television match official: Shaun Veldsman.
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