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Ebersohn frustrated with Naka

2012-05-29 17:43

Cape Town - Cheetahs flyhalf Sias Ebersohn has voiced his frustration at coach Naka Drotské's apparent lack of faith in him as No 1 flyhalf, saying he simply had no choice to leave Bloemfontein.

News broke on Tuesday that Ebersohn signed a two-year contract with the Perth-based Force.

The 23-year old will head for Australia after the Currie Cup season to join the Force as their overseas development player.

Drotské also confirmed the news on Tuesday.

"Following extensive negotiations with Sias Ebersohn's agent Gerrie Swart, both the Free State Cheetahs Union and I have decided to free Sias from his contract in 2013," said Drotské.

"Sias feels he'd like more exposure to rugby at the highest level and the opportunity the Western Force is offering him will be a step in the right direction for him as a player in order to achieve those goals. We didn't wish to stand in his way and thus have released him from his contract next year. We wish him all the best for his future and thank him for the role he played at the Cheetahs."

Ebersohn has struggled to hold down the No 1 flyhalf spot at the Cheetahs this season, with Johan Goosen making the position his own. However, when Goosen was ruled out of the Super Rugby competition a few weeks ago due to a shoulder injury, Ebersohn was expected to take centre stage.

But he failed to live up to expectations, missing a crucial kick at the death against the Highlanders in Bloemfontein and then playing a poor first half against the Stormers at Newlands, which prompted Drotské to utilise Riaan Smit at pivot.

Ebersohn on Tuesday told Bloemfontein radio station OFM he is somewhat bitter about the Drotské's decision to drop him.

“I waited a long time for my chance at the Cheetahs and then suddenly (Johan) Goosen was on the scene and when he got injured, I was suddenly replaced by Riaan Smit - in my three years at the franchise I never competed with Riaan for a place and it seems that the chances that other players are given, were never given to me. It's sad but at some point you have to look at yourself.

“It isn’t in my hands. I am not the coach and it was always Naka’s decision. As a player I will always give my best and this move won’t influence the way I play. It is disappointing to leave, especially when you realise they aren’t interested in you.

“I had high expectations of the season, and things didn’t always go as I wanted them to go. But there were promises of playing time made that never materialised. Goosen had a good season and I am a player who plays not for money, but rather to enjoy the game. You can never get better unless you are backed and you improve on the field. Luckily this lesson has happened early in my career and I can learn from it.”

He feels he should have been backed after some erratic performances, hinting at how the Bulls have shown faith in their flyhalf Morné Steyn.

“Morné has had - by his standards - one of the poorest kicking seasons of his career but he still plays and the team still backs him. I never played enough to get my selfconfidence on a high and without those opportunities, you get rusty, you get “vrot”. You need to play to keep in form.”

Ebersohn also said he simply couldn't refuse the offer from the Force.

“The Force approached me and I never spoke to them first. They said they think I am a good player and they want me as their No 1 flyhalf. What player in my position wouldn’t grab that opportunity.

“I learnt a lot in my time here, and not just on the field, but life lessons as well, especially from Hawies (Hawies Fourie, Cheetahs backline coach). My time here was good but there were many decisions that should have gone my way, many team selections that went against me.”

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Comments
  • Bokfan - 2012-05-29 18:15

    Clearly an attitude problem. Its pretty obvious this laaitie has let himslef and his team down. Still he's young enough to learn from his mistake. If he CAN learn that is.

  • Harold - 2012-05-29 18:20

    I would also move if I had to choose between playing for Naka and an actual rugby coach.

      jt.thom.3 - 2012-05-30 10:01

      A move will be good for him as a player. I don't think you can blame Naka for his exit. Naka has to start who he thinks is best in the position, and Goosen hasn't put a foot wrong. His injury gave Sias and Smit a chance, and Smit has played better. Naka is an amazing coach to get what he does out of a pretty ordinary squad.

  • Jack - 2012-05-29 18:37

    Ag ja - there was a time when I thought Sias and his bro were going to be huge Springbok stars, but time has proven otherwise. People also expected much of the Rose brothers, but nothing came of that either...

  • Christopher - 2012-05-29 18:39

    Watch him come back as a Force player to haunt the Cheetahs & Bloem faithful..now that would be ironic

  • Peter - 2012-05-29 18:53

    Yes Sias loop ou maat jy doen die regte ding. Jy en Robert is meer werd as waar julle nou is, hoop joou alle sukses toe. Jy gaan nog hoogtes bereik

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-29 19:21

    Here we go again. After hours the News24 team switch thumbs up and down. We all need to complain during working hours and get these clowns fired.

  • Nico - 2012-05-29 19:40

    At every club a player play he will improve, sometimes more, sometimes less, I think Sias needs someone to get his head right, and the ausies are good with that, look at all their young stars performing all over the world. So time will tell whether the force will be better or worse for him than cheetahs. as for his rant against Naka, i'm sure every person attacking him at some point or another hated his boss, just didn't had the guts to say it in the open.

  • shawn.bruwer - 2012-05-29 20:21

    I don't think Sias is ready. He has cost his team a couple of times and last week again he made a couple of very poor decisions I think the farce can have him.

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-05-29 21:34

    The 5th Cheetah to leave in the last month ... see a pattern here? Naka must go!!!!!!! "Losing with less than 7 points against the Chiefs was like a win" - stupid, dumb, unimaginative coach. For your own survival Cheetahs, get rid of him....

  • Michael - 2012-05-29 22:47

    Exactly what Goosen did to Sias, is what Sias did to Naas Olivier last season. I thought Sias was brilliant last season, his creative kicking out of hand especially on attack was very effective, unfortunately he hasn't had the best season this year, and hasn't really stepped up when he needed too, maybe that's because Goosen has just been phenomenal. There are so many good fly-halves in SA at the moment, and Goosen is at the top of that pile. I don't think Sias has taken any sort of responsibility for his bad performances and blaming that on the coaching staff is not what you would expect from a professional sportsman. I think he should of negotiated with the Kings as opposed to the Force, the Aussie style might not suit his playing style, and the Force dont even have a head coach yet, so how can he be so certain he will be no. 1, he should of asked Sarel Pretorius how the tahs has worked out for him...

  • Owentjie - 2012-05-30 02:51

    How many south africans will be in the next world cup playing for Australia? I think its good he goes, he probably would gain from a change in scenerey.

  • tommie.vandermerwe - 2012-05-30 02:58

    I certainly feel for the guy and It is sad to see him go, but one simply can't find fault with Naka's decsion to go with Goosen as no. 1 this season - he is a revelation. And unfortunately for Sias, when he got his chance he did not use it - he wasn't dropped right away, he was the no.1 choice against the Stormers. In steps Riaan Smit, who grabbed his opportunity with both hands. Again, Naka made the right decision. I still think Sias is a great player and this opportunity outside of SA is perhaps just what he needs to get back to his best.

  • tommie.vandermerwe - 2012-05-30 02:58

    I certainly feel for the guy and It is sad to see him go, but one simply can't find fault with Naka's decsion to go with Goosen as no. 1 this season - he is a revelation. And unfortunately for Sias, when he got his chance he did not use it - he wasn't dropped right away, he was the no.1 choice against the Stormers. In steps Riaan Smit, who grabbed his opportunity with both hands. Again, Naka made the right decision. I still think Sias is a great player and this opportunity outside of SA is perhaps just what he needs to get back to his best.

  • Cliff - 2012-05-30 05:58

    It's a wonder the PIENK Nulle don't buy him , they are the buyers in this country !!!

      Gert - 2012-05-30 12:13

      We buy only the best. Sias is third best in franchise alone!

  • alfred.joseph.94 - 2012-05-30 06:42

    Possible scenario, a few years from now: Sias qualifies to represent Australia. The ARU, looking for a coach who can achieve results with limited player resources, approaches Naka Drotske.

  • Frankie - 2012-05-30 07:27

    Ek wens die ander coaches wil doen wat Naka doen en DROP manne wat vrot speel! Moenie dink jo NAAM is grooter as die game ni! Wens AC wil die selle met met Habana en de Villiers doen!!

  • Keith - 2012-05-30 10:38

    For once one of the current players broke the silence.Sias my boy this is the correct decision for you as a player.Yes Goosen was having a blinder of a season and deserved to be in starting line-up for most of the games;but coaches must remember the season is long and rotation of players in rugby is a tool to keep your players fresh.Naka started with Goosen even when he was injured; now he wants to say he valued you as a player.Go play to the enormous potential you have and come back home as better player and person in general.Your brother is playing the best rugby of his young life and not even he is valued for he is bringing to the pitch.Heyneke must remove his patches and look to all players.

      lood.vanschalkwyk - 2012-05-30 12:29

      Yes Keith you are so right!if you look at the Bulls coach Frans,he rotates his players which is good,that ensures the players stays fresh.It's sad though to loose such good players.On the other hand Sias were wrong by not informing his union and or coach what his plans are!Maybe Naka must look how other unions handle their players affairs,look after the players.goodluck.

  • Heinrich - 2012-05-30 11:32

    Maybe you're not just good enough

  • danie.goosen.92 - 2012-05-30 13:58

    Shame poor Sias, "arme bloeitjie wil nie saamspeel as hy nie die span kan kies nie"... He is not a bad player and I have seen him keep his own quite well I might add, but after reading this article and his comments regarding bitterness etc, I can understand why his brother (Robert) played for SA schools and not the SA academic team like some people have....Sias; if one makes the most of opportunities you'll be amazed at how frequent they will present themselves.

  • Raeez - 2012-05-30 14:23

    Well, maybe if he could kick penalties from infront of the posts Naka would have more faith in him.....

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