Gerber frustrated watching SA teams
Cape Town - Former Springbok centre Danie Gerber says he is finding hard nowadays to watch the South African teams in action in Super Rugby.
Things are looking bleak for the SA teams in this year’s competition, with no local team looking like serious title contenders at present.
If it weren’t for the requirement of each of the three conference leaders automatically occupying the top three berths on the overall table, the best-placed SA franchise - now the Bulls - would actually lie sixth.
They instead unconvincingly command third, with the high-flying Hurricanes and Australian pace-setting Brumbies ahead of them, but should really be behind all of the Chiefs, Highlanders and Crusaders as well.
The SA teams are struggling on attack, which shows in the try-scoring statistics.
To date, New Zealand teams have scored 90 tries, Australian teams 70, and SA teams 65.
Last season, Kiwi teams scored 223 tries, Australian teams 216 and SA teams only 156.
Gerber, who was renowned for his try-scoring ability, says it’s frustrating to watch SA teams in action.
“Our rugby is messed up by an obsession to mostly attack with the forwards. It’s really not very attractive to watch," Gerber told Netwerk24.
Gerber, 56, played 24 Tests for the Springboks between 1980 and 1992, scoring 19 tries.