The frankly mean-spirited actions of Western Province and South Western Districts notwithstanding, something just feels wrong about the Cheetahs-Griffons player loaning merry-go-round.
There’s a lot of bluster and feigned indignation coming out of the Cape, coupled with the usual “not in the spirit of the game” arguments. Fact is, the motives here are pretty bloody clear and Stag Cronje as much as admitted that both unions have “too much at stake” to just let the matter lie. Fact is, both Province and SWD have spotted a way to promote their owns teams up the log at the expense of the country cousins and are desperate to get as much leverage from that as they can.
Poor old Harold Verster and his much-maligned maatjie Christo Ferreira seem to have put their foot in it again, although the onus here will presumably be on their accusers to actually show which rule, if indeed there is one, they have breached. WP and SWD really do seem to be playing the “they’ve hurt our feelings” card here most strongly, without seemingly having a real case behind it, but hte fact of the matter is, this is a stupid situation that SARU should never have allowed to occur in the first place.
Fact is, the Cheetahs really do seem to have flaunted any and all common sense in this regard and it’s completely to be expected that questions would be asked when the same player represents two different provinces in the same weekend. I mean, come on, guys! That’s just stupid. If for no other reason than that they’ve acted foolishly, they deserve some sort of censure.
Can we expect our ruling body to stand up and be counted in this case? Can we expect a clear ruling, a fair decision which will be enforced, communicated and henceforth well understood by all parties? Or will this be another endless round of court cases, delayed rulings, shady backroom dealings and general ineptitude, all served with a healthy dose of gravy?
My money is on the latter.Tweet