Currie Cup

Stonehouse vents at SARU

2011-10-17 13:01
Jimmy Stonehouse (File)
Cape Town - In the wake of the Pumas 43-18 loss to Western Province at Newlands, Pumas’ coach, Jimmy Stonehouse has blasted SARU for it’s decision to trim the Currie Cup to six teams.

After their encounter with their more illustrious opponents, Stonehouse  hit out at match officials for their alleged treatment of certain players and incidents.

“The scored does not reflect the real story. How can we dominate the scrums (which was actually the case) and at the same time be penalised 13 times in the scrum.

“And why was Schalk Burger not penalised for tackling one of my players without using his arms?

“There were an awful amount of those sort of decisions made by the referee (Pro Legoete) which went against us. You know, you do everything in your powers to play good, honest rugby.

“But it is as if dubious decisions always go against the smaller unions. It makes a person fed up,” Stonehouse told Monday’s Die Burger.

Stonehouse went onto say that the way smaller unions are treated does not start or stop at the way their matches are officiated. He cites that prospective six-team Currie Cup next season is a decision which could stunt the growth and strength of rugby in South Africa, despite the Pumas rugby union board favouring the SARU initiative.

“It is killing rugby, man. We qualify for the Premier division after working enormously hard and then after the raising of a few hands, we are told to go back to the First division.

“Sponsors approach you if you are in the Premier division. If we must be demoted  - not through our own doing – we will lose those sponsors.  I will have to let go of 13 of my 43 players.

“Then I haven’t even taken the other big ‘wolf’ into account: the bigger unions who buy our players

“How is that progressive for the sport of rugby as a whole?”

The Eastern Province Kings lost to the Boland Cavaliers in the final of the Currie Cup First division, a title the Pumas won in 2009, gaining promotion to the Premier division, where they have played since.

Stonehouse then proceeded to vent his frustrations at the probability of the Eastern Province, who are still in the First division, having a franchise in Super Rugby.

“How can you be groomed for Super Rugby if you can’t even win your own division?”

Stonehouse however, will not hold his breath for SARU to have a change of heart and allow the Pumas to stay in the Premier division.

“I believe that there is another meeting in November when the decision to have a six-team league will be discussed, but by that time you would have had to have played your playoff matches already and if we have to move down and lose our sponsors, it will certainly be SA Rugby’s responsibility to stand by us smaller unions financially.”

Read more on:    currie cup  |  jimmy stonehouse  |  cape town
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
12 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Quiz: Test your Rio Olympics memory!

Think you know what went on at the Rio Olympics? Prove it by tackling Sport24's ridiculously impossible yet highly addictive post-Games quiz!

 
 

Rio Olympics

GALLERY: SA's Rio Olympic medallists
As it happened: Rio Olympics - Day 17
Selecting 6 numbers turned Britain into Olympic superpower
Caster cranks up the heat in Rio semi
Fixtures
26 August 2016
Golden Lions v Boland Cavaliers, Johannesburg 17:00
Pumas v Griquas, Nelspruit 19:10
27 August 2016
Eastern Province Kings v Western Province, Port Elizabeth 16:00
Sharks v Blue Bulls, Durban 18:10
02 September 2016
Boland Cavaliers v Pumas, Wellington 15:00
Blue Bulls v Golden Lions, Pretoria 19:00
03 September 2016
Cheetahs v Eastern Province Kings, Bloemfontein 15:00
Western Province v Sharks, Cape Town 17:10
08 September 2016
Griquas v Boland Cavaliers, Kimberley 19:00
09 September 2016
Golden Lions v Western Province, Johannesburg 19:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

The new-look Currie Cup format for 2016 is,

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

Follow all the action from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The highs, the lows, the tears, the smiles as the world's greatest athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.