Cheetahs rugby coach Naka Drotské has returned fire and made some revelations after Springbok Kabamba Floors’s complaints about not getting enough game time with the Super 14 squad.
Pieter Jordaan writes in Volksblad that Floors, chosen as the most popular member of the Cheetahs squad by supporters last year, expressed some strong comments when he joined the Springbok Sevens squad in Stellenbosch earlier this week.
He made it clear in a media interview that he was unhappy with the amount of game time he had been given in the Super 14 this year.
Floors said he had decided to make himself available for the SA Sevens side where his services would be “appreciated” after Drotské had told him the other Cheetahs loose forwards had been playing so well that he would not easily get back into the team.
On Thursday, Drostké issued a statement in which he told a longer story and explained some of the problems.
“Kabamba has come to me twice during this Super 14 season to discuss personal problems at his home in Oudtshoorn,” Drotské said.
“Twice, when he was in the 22 for matches, I sent him home and he missed training.
Unable to function
“I told him to go home and clear up things because he had told me on both occasions he was unable to function because his mind with not on the game.”
The coach said he had kept this information from the news media to protect his players.
Floors was in the starting lineup only once for a Cheetahs match this season – against the Crusaders – and an injury then kept him off the field for a while.
He suffered a neck injury in a match against the Blues before the Cheetahs departed for Australasia.
Hendro Scholtz was selected as a substitute after the match against the Crusaders, taking the place on the bench that had been reserved for Floors.
“Hendro played very well,” Drotské said on Thursday.
“I told Kabamba he had to prove in matches for the Vodacom Cup team that his head was clear and that he was eager to play rugby before he would be selected for the Cheetahs’ 22; something he did not do during the following weeks.
“On the contrary. He was negative about having to play for the Vodacom Cup team. He told me he thought his future was in Sevens rugby and that he did not want to play in the Super 14 any longer,” Drotské explained.
Springbok coach Peter de Villiers then called to ask why Floors was not in the Super 14 team and Drotské explained the position to him.
“I don’t have favourites in my squad,” Drotské said. “I select players who are committed and who give 100 per cent for their team-mates. No player has the right to claim a place in the team.
“I also won’t allow a player to tell untruths in the media when he should be looking for the problem within himself.”Tweet