The Valke have well and truly pushed the panic button.
It’s hard to believe that the same team that beat Western Province just a few short months ago will be languishing in the B-Division (or whatever PC name it has now). Coach Rudy Joubert is the latest casualty of the purge (or is it a desertion) affecting rugby on the East Rand.
Local club coaches Kobus van Rooyen and Derick Sampson will take the reigns at Bosman Stadium next season and the union seems to be moving firmly back towards amateur status. In 2008, the Valke loaned players liberally from other teams. That will no longer be the case and they’ll draw the bulk of their 09 squad from the local club ranks.
There’s no news on what will become of Joubert, or even a suggestion of whether he’s walking away of his own free will, or being pushed. One thing is for sure; as good a coach as Joubert is, not even he will be able to turn the ragtag bunch of East Rand no-hopers that will turn out in the scarlet jersey next year into a team capable of challenging for promotion once more.
Good luck to you, Rudy Joubert, wherever you end up. You deserve better than this.Tweet