Matches at Boland’s HQ are marred by a muddy surface after heavy rain. These games could be moved to Paarl says Cheetahs’ coach Naka Drotske.
Pieter Jordaan writes in Volksblad that Drotské and other members of the Free State coaching staff feel the surface at Boland’s headquarters was unfit for Currie Cup rugby when the Cheetahs beat the Cavaliers 15-10 there on Saturday.
The SA Rugby Union should address the problem, Drotské said after the battle on the soaked ground.
Many matches at Boland Stadium have been marred by a muddy surface after heavy rain. Drotské believes such conditions take all chances of a spectacle out of the game.
“I believe Saru could declare the ground unfit if it has been raining so hard and maybe switch games to Paarl,” Drotské said.
“We don’t mind playing at a wet Loftus Versfeld or Newlands because there one can at least run the ball.
“But when Wellington is wet, one’s feet sink into the mud, making it impossible to run.”
Muddy conditions also make it hard to earn a bonus point by scoring four tries and can influence the attendance.
“And the spectators are the ones who suffer,” Drotské said. “That’s why only 100 turn up there to watch. I’ll also not go watch a match played in those conditions.”
The Cheetahs coach is happy with his team’s lineout work, which was one of the factors that enabled the Currie Cup champions to win the match.
“It’s rather hard to tell where we were good or bad,” he added. “We just tried to drive and kick all the time.
“Our tactical kicking may not have been good but under those conditions one cannot blame the players.
“We’ll just take the four log points and put the match behind us.”Tweet