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The Eagle is stranded

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news on 6 Oct 2008 at 08:22
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Schalk Burger, Andries Bekker and Jean de Villiers have agreed to turn out for the Cavaliers in their forthcoming promotion/relegation matches against the Griffons in an effort to help the Bolanders protect their position in the Premier Division of the Absa Currie Cup competition.

Burger said that as his family’s wine farm, Welbedacht, was in Wellington he felt a close affinity with the Boland union and he had persuaded his two Springbok teammates to help the Cavaliers repel the challenge of the Griffons.

Bet that got your attention! It’s not true, of course, but it certainly is a scenario that has been made possible by the decision of SA Rugby’s judicial officer, Dekker Govender, not to penalize the Griffons, in particular, for “borrowing” players from the Cheetahs.

Dan Retief writes for SuperRugby that the SWD Eagles, the team most affected by the Griffons using the like of Hennie Daniller Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Hendrik Meyer, Jandre Blom and Ashley Johnson on loan from the Cheetahs, complained that this was against SARU’s regulations on eligibility in the hope that they, and not the Griffons would end up in second place on the log and thus be able to play in the First Division semi-finals and also challenge for promotion.

Govender was appointed to investigate the complaint and ruled that “although the players mentioned played for both provinces during 2008 season thus far, neither province participated in the same competition. The Cheetahs were at all material times participating in the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division whereas the Griffons were playing in the Absa Currie Cup First Division.”

One would have thought that the element of promotion/relegation dictated that the two divisions were linked, thus making it the same competition, and the upshot must be that teams are now free to borrow players to either help them to gain promotion or stave off a challenge – especially from provinces who no longer have an interest in the competition.

The Leopards and the Griffons will meet in the First Division Final on Friday at Olen Park in Potchefstroom (kick-off 7.10pm, CSN/SuperSport 1) and then have to steel themselves for a double round of promotion/relegation matches against the bottom two teams in the Premier Division on October 18 and 24.

The table-topping Leopards will play against the Valke (who finished in eighth place on the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division log), with the second-placed Griffons coming up against the Boland Cavaliers (seventh place).

It goes without saying that the advantages of playing in the Premier Division are immense – in terms of ticket sales and sponsorship – and the hiring of a few mercenaries to ensure or win this status would make a lot of sense.


  • Go Eagles!!!!!!!!!! 😛 🙄

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.10.08 08:26:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • I need my head checked.

    I cannot possible agree with Dan.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.10.08 08:56:43 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 2) :

    I on the other hand do agree with him.

    Are you then saying that you feel it is okay if your guys went and played for SWD in the promotion relegation games?

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.10.08 09:00:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    Most definately not KSA.

    It comes back to what I said last week, that is abusing the system.

    But thanks to the ruling SARU made last week that is very much a possibility.

    It was a kak decision.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.10.08 09:03:41 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 4) :

    I’m Confused now. (No comments needed thanks) 😀

    Which part do you disagree with then?

    to me the only part that is really up in the air is whether it is one competition or not. That is purely open to interpretation and thanks to the supreme competence of SARU 🙄 we have to interpret that as it has not been clarified.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.10.08 09:09:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • So I guess there’ll be no rest and conditioning for the EOYT for these three…

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.10.08 09:10:46 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 6) :

    read further………….. 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.10.08 09:12:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.10.08 09:17:01 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • oh the woes saru gets itself into by pandering to these amateur unions.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.10.08 09:26:11 by try time Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    I agree with the fact that WP could well have done what Dan’s suggested (I did last week too) because of the ruling that SARU made last week.

    I mean Schalk, Jean or whoever could just argue they want a bit more game-time and offer their services for free to these unions…

    I mean like SARU said, it is not the same competition so they may well do that.

    I disagree with the fact that this is even a possibility!

    The Cheetahs and Griffons found a chink in the armour of this rule and exposed it, and in my books abused it.

    They used it after SARU gave them permission too, idiots, and in my mind gained an unfair advantage.

    Something Boland can also now do (for the promotion relegation match) because after all, it is not the same competition…

    But, yet again, that would be abusing the system and that I am dead against.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.10.08 09:35:03 by MorneN Reply
  • @try time (Comment 9) : can I get a “HELL YEAH”?

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.10.08 09:35:28 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.10.08 09:47:55 by try time Reply


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