The Lions have pulled another Deysel!
Just to explain what I mean, the act of blatantly ignoring talent right under your nose shall henceforth be known as “pulling a Deysel”, named after the frankly ludicrous way in which the Lions allowed Jean Deysel to wallow around in the depths of their system for three years without ever once noticing his obvious talents. Deysel was practically shown the door by the GLRU and a scant 18 months later was recognised as the Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year, in the colours of the Sharks.
Now, forgive me if I’m wrong here, but I reckon they’re doing it all over again with Walter Venter. The 24-year-old inside centre has regularly been one of their standout players over the last two years and would appear to have made the best of the limited opportunities he’s had. Somehow, though, inexplicably, the distinctly average Gideon “Doppies” la Grange continues to be selected ahead of Venter at every conceivable opportunity. To add insult to injury, Venter now finds himself cut from the Lions Super 14 squad entirely – for no other reason than having the audacity to specialise as an inside centre.
Venter’s place in the squad has gone to journeyman former Griquas utility back Barry Goodes. Goodes has apparently now been contracted by the GLRU and will stick around until the end of the Super 14 and beyond. He has been chosen above Venter as he is also a makeshift flyhalf. Now call me crazy, but I’d rather have a player in my squad who is brilliant in one position, than a guy who is mediocre in a whole bunch.
Come to Durban, Walter Venter. You are clearly not wanted in Lions country and your talents and skills could be better utilised elsewhere. Who knows, we might just be in the market for a new inside centre in the near future…Tweet