SARU must answer for shambles
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SARU must take full responsibility for the farce facing the Super 15 competition in 2013.
The inclusion of the EP Kings in next years Super 15 at the expense of the Lions, was not only unreasonable and unfair, but also evidence of SARU`s obvious bowing to political pressures.
The reality is that the EP Kings don`t justify Currie Cup status, let alone Super 15. Their 1 point victory over the Pumas in the `B` section final and subsequent obliteration by a Cheetah team that hardly raised a sweat, spells trouble for a province that has not earned the right to compete in argueably the most gruelling rugby tournaments in the world.
I am not saying that the EP Kings should not be given the opportunity to raise to the highest level, but development requires a strategy that gives the team a reasonble chance of sustainability, in terms of attracting and retaining the necessary financial and human resources..
The exteremely late decision by SARU to approve the EP Kings inclusion into the S15 has only served to exacerbate an already hopeless situation. The 3 months preparation before the 2013 Super 15 season commences, is insufficient to bridge the gap. The Kings will not have sufficient time to raise their game to the required intensity, tempo and level of concentration that is required at this level. Thay also do not have the player depth and experinece.
Cheeky Watson and his team knows this, and that is why he sent out the `MAYDAY` requesting special trreatment with regards to foreign players. I am sure the SANZAR EXCO must be watching this development with interest. After all SARU first wanted 6 SA teams in the competition to get them out of their chaos!
Let us assume the likely scenario that the Kings end bottom of the SA conference in 2013, having conceded an average of 40 points per game, end second or third in the Currie Cup `B` section, and the Lions regain their Super 15 status. What would we have achieved in the name of developement?
Please answer us SARU, or will you bow to politics and give them another season in the top tier?