Richard Ferguson

Actually, you can’t blame SARU

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :EP Kings, Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 8 Feb 2013 at 08:00
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I have had the pleasure of chatting to a SARU official about the goings on in South African rugby at the moment, and was somewhat surprised by what I have learnt. Much is contrary to the general consensus in the media today.

Last week I ran an article headed ‘SARU get it wrong again’, which discussed and questioned SARU’s forward thinking by planning the promotion/relegation matches between the Lions and the lowest ranked South African team in Super Rugby and the play-off’s to the Super Rugby season over the same weekends. This would require Lions players on loan to other South African franchises to return to the Lions earlier than upon completion of the Super Rugby, in the case of a South African team reaching the play-off stage.

Contrary to what was said in my article, it has come to light that the decision to have the above mentioned matches over the same weekends was in fact not a SARU decision, but a decision taken by the franchises. The franchises accepted the roster as it stands today, and cannot blame anybody but themselves for not seeing this beforehand. Furthermore, the fixture schedule this year is jam packed as it is, with the Currie Cup literally starting the week after Super Rugby finishes, it does make it rather tricky to schedule the promotion/relegation match at any other point.

The last thing either team would want is to have the match later in the year, as it cuts the time required to build a Super Rugby outfit, something the Kings are currently complaining about.

On that note, there was some support for the Kings to be allowed to play additional foreign players, the reason being that they have only had a few months to put together a team and that it is unfair to expect the team to be competitive from the start. This is not true, as the Kings have known since 2011 that they would be playing Super Rugby, whether it be by way of expanding the competition to allow an extra team, or to relegate the lowest finishing team from the 2012 season. The fact remains, the Kings knew, but didn’t do much about it until this year.

At the end of the day, you as the reader deserves to know the true facts of the story, and I have learnt a lesson in this process, that facts always come before what you want to believe.


  • Thank you very much , just as I thought about the kings, typical…

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.02.13 08:14:10 by Uli Reply
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  • …and the plot thickens…..dum dum dum

    On a side note, whose excited about the SBW vs. White Buffalo fight this morning?

    I’m just trying to figure out exactly what time it starts, some places have it as 10:00 am, dstv tv guide has it as 11:00 and Sport 24 reported somewhere that it is at 13:00…..eish

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.02.13 08:25:09 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • So all of this is basically incompetence from all sides on the Administrator level? No big surprise there. Anyone know what Cheeky pays himself? Or any of the other rugby Presidents?

    There should be pre-fights shouldn’t there? With the main bout at 13:00? Not sure?

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.02.13 08:28:45 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 3) : Ja I just read that Quade Cooper vs (whoever) is the pre-fight, just hope Quady boy can hold out long enough for me to make it to see the main event….darn meetings

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.02.13 08:34:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Are we using any Lions players?

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.02.13 08:36:39 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 5) :

    Yes, we have lock Franco van der Merwe..

    Stormers have Jaco Taute (Jantjies is on a Super Rugby deal, so he stays for the playoffs)

    Bulls have Lionel Mapoe and Callie Visagie (if I am not mistaken)

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.02.13 08:38:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • SARU just loves passing the buck.

    If the Kings participation had been certain why did they drag out confirming it for 7 months last year. The only option the unions got to vote on was whether the Lions or the Kings play Super Rugby and the Kings could, theoretically at least, have been voted out.

    As to the 2013 rugby schedule, what alternatives were presented to the franchises?

    SARU’s decision making works in two ways: 1) Keep quiet and hope the problem goes away and if it doesn’t, 2) blame the unions/franchises

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.02.13 09:01:30 by Baylion Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : Supersport live (internet streaming)are starting to broadcast from 10.00.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.02.13 09:08:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 8) : now to figure out how to bypass the office firewall to get the streaming going on my pc 🙁

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.02.13 09:12:33 by Uli Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 7) : Ahaaa, so once again there’s their truth, the Kings’ truth and the real truth.

    Eish Sports admin is a train smash!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.02.13 09:16:34 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 7) : Well put

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.02.13 09:17:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 3) : @Salmonoid (Comment 8) : @Uli (Comment 9) : If White Buffalo lose this fight then we’ll know he took a dive, ’cause I see the bookies are backing SBW…and we all know how willing they are to bribe sportsmen 🙄

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.02.13 09:19:04 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 12) : true, that’s my feeling too.

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.02.13 09:50:50 by Uli Reply
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  • the true will set you free.
    About time the truth comes out

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.02.13 10:54:30 by Dunx Reply


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