If rumours emanating from Durban are to be believed, there was a fair bit of last-minute juggling of the Sharks tour group that took place on Thursday. The players, it would seem, weren’t the only ones affected.
Don’t be too surprised if the one face that you fail to see gazing dolefully at your TV screen while the Sharks are playing, belongs to new backline “consultant”, Hugh Reece-Edwards. Our information is that he did not join the tour party and was only informed of this situation very late in the day – this after another of the assistants, Grant Bashford, was initially stood down and then later reinstated. Reece wasn’t the only one to be informed of his exclusion a mere two days before departure. A number of players, including Alistair Hargreaves and Charl McLeod were in the same boat. Allegedly.
Now things all changes again – quite drastically – on Friday night, immediately after the loss to the Cheetahs. If yet more rumours are to be believed, it would appear that a certain John Plumtree found himself on the carpet explaining why he should be allowed to go on the tour, rather than being fired on the spot. Mass panic in the administrative ranks would appear to be the order of the day and nobody’s back is currently safe.
All of this nonsense, if it is true, merely serves to reinforce my previous point. The Sharks players stand very little chance of being successful while the coaches and administrators that are supposed to be guiding them seem more interested in self-serving political agendas. The former need all of our support now as they do their utmost to serve the team. The latter deserve nothing but our scorn.Tweet