Reading between the lines as we assimilate the various news snippets and sound bites emanating from the various teams competing in this weekend’s final round of Currie Cup matches, it sounds as though there won’t be much resting of Rugby Championship Springboks going down after all.
In yet another complicated tail involving tails wagging dogs and carts placed ahead of horses, it appears that the union CEO’s (apparently the ones behind the decision to withdraw ALL Boks from the ENTIRE Currie Cup at the start of the year) have once again backtracked entirely on that position and insisted instead that they should have full use of all their players for the next three weeks. This will lead, I’m sure to at least one or two more injuries ahead of the End of Year Tour squad announcement.
The fact that certain unions find themselves in the somewhat uncomfortable (and rather unexpected) position of facing a potential last-place finish, it’s probably not that surprising that those coaches are diving for the panic button and seeking to include as many of their top players as they possibly can in the hope of salvaging something this weekend. For the Blue Bulls, Cheetahs and Western Province, victory this weekend is non-negotiable and all three could potentially still finish last, as could Griquas, who unfortunately have no Boks to include in their side, even if they’d want to.
It’s only really the Sharks and Lions who have any real choice in the matter, with their sewing up of the home semi-final positions a round early giving both the luxury of phasing their Boks in more gradually. Johan Goosen is, of course, crocked once more, but aside from him, expect every available Springbok who holds a contract with any of the Bulls, Cheetahs or Province to be thrown straight into Currie Cup action this weekend.Tweet