Imagine being one of the WP, Sharks or
Lions Under-21 coaches right now... No doubt on a high after getting their sides into
this weekend’s tournament semi-finals, their return to earth would have been
pretty damn swift upon seeing the likes of lock Paul Willemse, flank Jacques du
Plessis, flyhalf Handré Pollard and centre Jan Serfontein in the Bulls team
sheet for the playoffs!
It is a slightly risky strategy in the
professional era, given that player loyalty is only as deep as the next pay
check, but I like it. Economic reality is biting hard in South Africa (and
round the world, even if France and Japan are bucking the trend, but even those
pockets will dry up at some stage), and the days of handing out R4 million a
year contracts willy-nilly to so called “marquee” players are gone.
Tank is a former Western Province tighthead prop and editor of the recently launched free monthly digital rugby magazine called SCRUM
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