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Waylon’s still standing


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Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Springboks on 11 Jun 2008 at 08:22
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Waylon Murray’s spirit hasn’t been broken after a season riddled with disappointments.
The Sharks midfielder had to endure being shifted around the backline, moving from outside centre to wing, a position most agree does not suit his strengths, and eventually losing his place to Adrian Jacobs for the Super 14 semi-final against the Waratahs.

Waylon Murray’s spirit hasn’t been broken after a season riddled with disappointments.

The Sharks midfielder had to endure being shifted around the backline, moving from outside centre to wing, a position most agree does not suit his strengths, and eventually losing his place to Adrian Jacobs for the Super 14 semi-final against the Waratahs.
He managed to crack the Springbok training squad but more disappointment followed when he failed to make the 30-man cut for the Incoming Tour series against Wales and Italy.

A year ago Murray was the form South African 13, eclipsing even the Springbok incumbent at the time Jaque Fourie. Former Springbok head coach Jake White named him in his 46-man training squad and later handed him his debut against Samoa, where he performed well. More opportunities followed on the Australasian leg of the 2007 Tri-Nations. Again Murray acquitted himself well, despite the team losing both Tests.

White, when announcing his World Cup squad later that year, spoke openly about how hard the decision to omit Murray had been. He committed to investing in him should he carry on as Springbok coach and lauded the 22-year-old’s maturity in handling the pressure of Test rugby.

But now Murray finds himself off the Springbok radar after having been deemed surplus to requirements by coach Peter de Villiers. Ironically Jacobs, the player who unseated him at the Sharks is the incumbent 13, while the likes of Gcobani Bobo, Wynand Olivier and, when he returns from injury, Fourie, are all vying for one spot in the run-on side.

Throughout the interview Murray doesn’t hide his disappointment at the manner in which he was dealt with at the Sharks. Far from being diplomatic, he remains the consummate professional, determined to prove his worth to the Sharks and Springboks.
“In my mind I had a good first half of the Super 14 and an ordinary second half, but that was due to circumstances outside of my control,” Murray told keo.co.za, hinting at coach Dick Muir’s seemingly inexplicable decision to play him on the wing and subsequently axe him.

“I was happy to play on the wing at first just so that I was getting a start. Dick explained that they were keen to try out a couple of different midfield combinations and I accepted that. There was no point in becoming negative because that would have a knock-on effect on my performances and I’ve always been a player who puts the team’s agenda ahead of a personal one.
“But then [being dropped] came out of the blue for me. I was totally shocked because I thought I was playing good rugby and the coaches confirmed this, even after they dropped me. From a tactical perspective they were looking for something that I guess they thought I couldn’t offer.

“That week I was a little despondent. I had a lot of expectations for this year – I wanted to grow as a player, a leader. I thought I had a good 2007 and wanted to build on that. I wanted to establish myself with the Springboks in 2008, be a more prominent figure there. But life doesn’t always work out the way you hope it will.
“You have the choice of wallowing in self pity or making a statement with your performances to the point where they can’t ignore you any longer. Mine is the latter.”

Murray is not scared by the fact that the very coach who lost faith in him at the Sharks is now the backline coach at the Springboks.

“I don’t think Dick has formulated a negative opinion of me at all, and I don’t think having him as backline coach will hinder my chances of breaking into the squad,” he said. “You are what you are on the field. A good performance is easily recognisable and you can’t change that. If you play well it’ll be very hard for them to ignore me. That’s my goal for the Currie Cup – to make sure they can’t help but notice me.”

Murray said De Villiers had only spoken to him briefly about his Springbok future but hoped they would meet with him at some stage in the coming months to discuss the issue at length.

Stark similarities exist between the way that Murray’s Sharks team-mate Brad Barritt was managed. Barritt was consistently good until a shoulder injury saw him miss a handful of games in the latter part of the Super 14. He excelled against the Chiefs on his return, but found himself watching from the wood in the semi-final with Frans Steyn starting at inside centre.
Murray lamented the manner in which Barritt lost his place but predicted that it would only be a matter of time before he too grabbed the attention of the national selectors.

“It’s sad that he consistently overlooked at Springbok level but surely that can’t be the case for too long,” he said. “Brad is a really special player. People don’t realise this because the work he does goes largely unnoticed. But he delivers week in and week out.

“I know he was disappointed to have missed out on selection to the Springbok training squad and justifiably so, but he’s attitude is similar to mine – we’re prepared to kick the door down.”

By Ryan Vrede
Courtesy of www.keo.co.za – http://www.keo.co.za/2008/06/11/waylon-still-standing/



32 Comments

  • Sorry Waylon old pal – I’m a big fan, but you were average at best all season.

    You are a big, quick lad – use that on attack; stop running sideways all the damn time!

    And learn about support running and off-loading in the tackle – Adi is a good player to watch for that, as well as for an instinct for finding gaps in the defence.

    We all know you are a massive tackler, but right now thats where it stops.

    Lift your game son!

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.06.08 08:28:12 by Big Fish Reply
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  • hold tight you’re time will come…

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.06.08 08:28:47 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Yep…Big fish has said it…just watch how Adi plays when we attack and you should be fine. Good defence and good pace…you just need to work on your runs and passes. Timing is the keyword.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.06.08 08:33:25 by blackshark Reply

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  • Keo and his henchmen are determined to undermine the harmony in the Sharks camp. I wonder if they have an agenda?

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.06.08 09:30:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : What are they saying?

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.06.08 09:55:12 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 5) : well, if you read the Barritt interview they did last week, now this one, it’s pretty clear that they’re trying to dredge up feelings of resentment

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.06.08 10:00:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : I see. Didn’t notice this was from Keo. The bastard. :twisted:

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.06.08 10:03:26 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 7) : yeah… it’s that Ryan Vrede, I tell you!

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.06.08 10:04:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Isn’t he a Bulls man? Will explain a lot.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.06.08 10:05:50 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Waylon must use his pace and bulk to run thru people. Not around them.
    He has all the attributes, he just needs a bit more mongrel and a can-do attitude.

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.06.08 10:08:13 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Keo is all about sensationalism. They see any weakness and they’re onto it like jack russells. Keo being a stormer supporter will never criticise the cape pansies, rather he’ll go for the ‘choker’ sharks, ironic considering who the more successful team is.

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.06.08 10:14:59 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Rob

    You don’t seriously think Voldy has an agenda do you?

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.06.08 10:15:31 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 12) : no, never! :shock:

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.06.08 10:19:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ryan Vrede… :evil:

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.06.08 10:20:41 by Charlie Reply

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  • Cape Shark

    Cape pansies? Please don’t generalise like that…

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.06.08 10:22:16 by wpw Reply
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  • Last time i heard KEO actually supported the Bulls. :shock:

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.06.08 10:22:51 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 16) : that was when he abandoned his team to back the winners… now that the Bulls are kak again, he’s gone back

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.06.08 10:25:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Simon guilty of the same

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.06.08 10:29:20 by PJLD Reply
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  • Well, if anything…Waylon is taking this like a man.

    I like his tone as depicted by the article. He knows it’s all on him.
    Let’s face it…we all saw it coming. All that’s left is to turn all these words to action on the field when the Currie Cup action starts.
    Go Waylon boy!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.06.08 10:32:43 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 19) : yeah – he’s got it where it counts (upstairs, I mean…)

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.06.08 10:35:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • Waylon’s will be the first name I’ll put into my Fantasy League squad

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.06.08 10:36:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Simon wrote the worst article ever 2 weeks ago. It was about gay rugby players. I mean, really! Keo needs some lackeys with actual writing talent.

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.06.08 10:42:47 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 22) : he doesn’t pay enough.

    Then again, I pay nothing and we get better articles here!

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.06.08 10:47:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : And you manage to steer people clear of racism and politics… which helps!

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.06.08 10:51:52 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 24) : yes, whereas they positively encourage it and end up with 1000x the hits. Makes you think ;)

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.06.08 10:53:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Hey… don’t give away my squad. :wink:

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.06.08 11:20:18 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 26) : dude, if your squad is Waylon Murray, you’re going to come last ;)

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.06.08 11:22:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : :lol: Well…I know you’re gonna mention Brad just now…and that’s pretty much all i’ve written down so far…

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.06.08 11:34:57 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) :
    What’s so bad about coming last?
    Brad will be CC player for 2008!

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.06.08 11:37:24 by Bok-El Reply

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  • @Bok-El (Comment 29) : :lol: You wouldn’t know anything about that …

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.06.08 11:42:44 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 28) : my lips are sealed ;)

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.06.08 11:47:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • finally…my new avatar has loaded.

    I was feeling bad about replacing Bis with John… :grin:

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.06.08 11:54:44 by blackshark Reply

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