Many of you on here might be too young to know the song I am referring to in the Title of this article. Many, many years ago their was this song, banned for many years in South Africa. The song was “Spanish Train” by Chris de Burgh.
The song was about the devil and God, gambling for the souls of the dead. And at present I am finding a lot of parallels in what Meyer is doing, to that song.
No, this is not about Lambie being left on the bench (per se) – this is about people and their careers. Morne Steyn’s in particular.
As public we are calling for Steyn’s head to roll. As, let’s face it – he has been FAR from adding positive value to our National side. The side we are all so passionate about! Yet, when the starting line-up is named…his name is there…time after time after time.
That naming is being supported by statements such as “he is not making many mistakes, so I don’t think he should change his game.” The belief Heyneke is showing in Steyn’s capabilities is astounding.
And then it dawned upon me. With all the “confidence” Meyer is showing in Morne, he is putting a lot of pressure on him to perform. The public’s pressure on Steyn to perform as a clear underperformer is even bigger. And all of a sudden, I am feeling sorry for Morne.
Let’s face facts. Morne has been a great part of many victories for South Africa. So give the guy credit where it is due.
But….what Heyneke is doing to Morne now, is far from building his confidence. In fact, with every game he is being named, he is being ridiculed. Slaughtered. Confidence shattered. Morne is NOT capable of handling this pressure. Not capable of handling the pressure. It’s clear. And Meyer is not doing him any favours. And I cannot believe he is too blind to see it!
Heyneke is gambling with people here. He is gambling with people’s careers. He is coaching Morne – not back as his intentions are – but he is coaching him out of his career! His confidence right now must be lower than snail snot! I doubt if he will even make the bench right now at the Bulls, based on performance.
What I feel Meyer should have done was to send him to the CC when he saw by the second game that this guy is not stepping up. He should have given him game time in a less stressed situation to play himself back – even from the bench at the Bulls.
As the proverb goes “you have to be cruel to be kind” and at this stage Heyneke Meyer is being extremely cruel by not being cruel to drop Steyn – albeit not intentionally.
The same goes for Patrick Lambie’s game. Or the lack thereof. If Meyer never intended to use Lambie – why does he not release him from the squad and give the guy decent game time, to get back to form?
Seriously, at present he is getting a few minutes here and a few minutes there. Definitely not enough to make a big impact on the game and definitely not enough to help him come back to form after his injury in the Superugby.
It’s almost as if Heyneke don’t want him to give a good performance. Just in case Joe public has a point.
Meyer is gambling with Lambie’s career. He is creating a frustrated young man. And he might even be chasing him away. He is breaking down his confidence.
So Meyer shows too much confidence in Steyn, and too little in Lambie. Both with catastrophical outcomes. Two incredibly talented players, with no confidence. And they can do nothing about it, as the devil is doing the gambling.
If it was only his own career at stake – I would not have bothered….but…
Heyneke Meyer : You need to find the balance, and find it bloody quick. You are gambling with people’s careers here…and may I add, very short ones.
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