SARU still lobbying SANZAR

2012-02-27 07:17

Sydney - Australia and New Zealand have discovered that where SANZAR is concerned, South Africa are ever persistent, endlessly pushing their cause on and off the field.

Where rugby politics are concerned, South Africa never give in, as shown by their relentless pursuit of the Super Rugby tournament being expanded to a 16-team competition to avert the threat of relegation among their home provinces through the introduction of the Southern Kings next season.

Although their SANZAR partners keep telling them they have no hope of winning their argument, due to the current broadcasting agreement that stipulates a 15-team competition, South African officials keep gnawing away. Their latest ploy is for officials from several provinces, including the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Kings, to accompany South African Rugby Union delegates to Australia and New Zealand next month to lobby for another team.

South Africa believe that strength in numbers could ultimately force a rethink from Australia and New Zealand, but it remains highly unlikely.

On the field, the usual South African football powers have begun their Super Rugby campaign in an aggressive fashion, with the Stormers overhauling the Hurricanes 39-26 in Cape Town on Saturday.

The Stormers were immediately in stride, going to a 23-9 lead after 35 minutes, taking advantage of their New Zealand visitors being down to 13 men after props Tristan Moran and Ben May both received yellow cards. They were also able to overcome the early departure of their Springbok breakaway Schalk Burger, who twisted his knee in a tackle in the 14th minute, forcing him to leave the field on a stretcher. He is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks.

The Stormers were also able to rally after the Hurricanes drew level early in the second half. They were helped by the Hurricanes losing their composure late in the game, while referee Marius Jonker sent a third visiting prop, Jeff Toomaga-Allen, to the sin bin for collapsing a Stormers driving maul that led to a penalty try.

The Bulls, who have lost many of their experienced players, showed they could rebound when they overwhelmed the Sharks 18-13 in Pretoria, while Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies booted a record nine penalty goals in their 27-25 win over the Cheetahs in Johannesburg.

Jantjies was successful with nine of his 11 attempts at goal, beating the previous Super Rugby record of eight penalties by Jannie Kruger (Bulls), Willie Walker (Highlanders), Meyer Bosman (Cheetahs) and Derick Hougaard (Bulls).

Meanwhile, the Chiefs have lost four players for extensive periods following their loss to the Highlanders in Hamilton. Prop Ben Afeaki broke his right forearm and will be out for at least three months. Brendon Leonard is sidelined for 10 weeks with a hamstring injury and prop Toby Smith for six weeks with a calf strain, while winger Lelia Masaga will miss at least the next three rounds with a knee complaint.

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  • Lionel - 2012-02-27 07:34

    What utter rubbish that SARU never gives in to SANZAR,how many times have SA players been banned for offences and if an overseas player commits the same offence he's ban is less!!!!SARU does not stand up for there players!!! Congrats to all SA sides for there wins and wish Schalk a speed recovery!!!

      Ian - 2012-02-27 08:34

      His not he's.Their not there. Sorry but correct is best.

      henniee.coetzee1 - 2012-02-27 08:38

      A well thought out, well punctuated and with accurate grammar to boot. Thanks Lionel.

      Rob - 2012-02-27 08:46

      @Ian... Rugby forum, not English lessons. Sorry, but a pr1ck's a pr1ck. BTW... Your grammar needs a little work.

      Thomas - 2012-02-27 09:44

      After watching the S15, the Kings shouldn't even be mentioned in the same breath when talking about the other teams!!! Looking at the Blues and Crusaders, these two teams against the Kings will put on close to a hundred points!!! WE don't want that!!!!!

      Rob - 2012-02-27 10:05

      Best way to learn, learn from your mistakes!

      Sean - 2012-02-27 11:40

      @tuner Not sure will work. The Kings don't have the player base to compete at this level. On top of this they don't have much depth either. What may happen though is that the players from the Union who is "dropped" will flood into the area and join the squad. If you look at the two latest teams from Aus, it takes several seasons to be competitive. By that time the King's period of grace will be over and they will be dropped from the Super 15!

  • Jaco - 2012-02-27 07:44

    Get over it, SARU. You messed up, now you want other people to fix it.

      Shnez - 2012-02-27 08:23

      Ya they starting to sound like the ANCYL with Nationalization!! Enough already!!!

      Larry - 2012-02-27 08:46

      Total agreement. Saru need a good Klap, same as ANCYL

      Ron - 2012-02-27 09:10


      roboman1 - 2012-02-27 11:08

      Does not matter, they must fix it, because we have certain realities in SA that other countries do not have. So we need all our teams there. Number 2, and even more important, is we are the number one rugby country in the world when it comes to support. Even the Lions Cheetahs game, probably the lowest key of the SA games this weekend had in excess of 22000 people there! Sanzar need us. The Kings should not be there on merit, but hey, this is SA, and we are also developing, and if they can get another 20 to 30 THousand people into the stadiums on a weekend, well then so be it. The New Zealand best attendance was not even 20 thousand, less than our worst crowd!

  • Jason - 2012-02-27 07:50

    Push all they want the comptetion can't be altered till 2015 because the structure that is in place and been sold to television.. the current structure only works i you have the same amount of teams in each section. So really it isn't a SANZAR problem but a SARU issue. They will need to axe a franchise or merge and we know from the CATS merging doesn't work. By axing a side from the competition who will ruin that union financially.. The EP Kings need to earn the right to play in the Super15 by proving themselves in the Curry Cup first.

  • clivegoss - 2012-02-27 07:50

    Saru is as bad as home affairs

      Sean - 2012-02-27 11:43

      You ordered a passport lately? Home Affairs is doing a great job. Maybe choose a different example!

  • steveroodt - 2012-02-27 07:53

    Could any one tell me how many penalty's were given in the South African conferences compared with the New Zealand and Australian games just a thought my feelings are that the ref's here went a bit crazy trying to control the game's and a lot of mistakes if the ref's carry on like this Whistle blowing penalty and card game this form of rugby sucks.

  • Niki - 2012-02-27 08:00

    Just another case of "Me! Me! Come hell or high water, I want my place on the gravy train!"

  • Bootman - 2012-02-27 08:10

    I smell a lawsuit.

  • Fred - 2012-02-27 08:27

    Regan must resign. And we must end our involvement in SANZAR.

  • - 2012-02-27 09:10

    They should send in that fool Andy Marinos to fix this mess, this is mostly his doing. John o'Neil played him like a cheap banjo.

  • brett.macdonald1 - 2012-02-27 09:26

    If TV rights don't allow for a 6th team, then surely those same TV rights don't allow for the Kings to substitute any of the current teams too. Quite simply, people are paying to see the Sharks, Bulls, Stormers, Cheetahs & Lions until the contract runs out. This Cheeky Watson trying to force his team in is contractually not allowed!

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-02-27 09:37

    The Watson s still shouting their mouth s off !!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 11:19

      This is not their fault. They were made a promise. Has simple as that.

  • Kevin - 2012-02-27 11:40

    Tell the Kings to continue playing school boy rugby and to try the Currie cup first. The leadership make you want to cotch

  • Jody - 2012-02-27 11:46

    Hoskins is the problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Get someone with b.........lls and integrity.

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