RE: Ebersohn off to France?
April 09, 2013, 15:19:00
Carpet, the issue is not only Meyer, in fact its more down to the provincial coaches that are letting our young players down. We have some quality youngsters being ignored for either experienced players or players that are just not up to scratch. This serves to frustate these youngster into seeking greener pastures. Why would they stick around if they keep getting overlooked for old farts or players they feel they are better than.
At the Stormers, we had stupid Coetzee overlook Quinn Roux all of last season in favour of the aveage de Kock Steenkamp - the consequence being that Roux is now plying his trade in Ireland and looks set to qualify to play for them in the future. With Etzebeth out, how they could have done with the services of Roux who at 125kg would have provided the grunt they are missing.
We now see that Nick Koster is playing for Bath after being ignored by Coetzee over the past few seasons. What is going to happen to players like JP du Plessis, Swiel, Ruan Botha and Pat Howard, quality youngsters not getting game time at the Stormers. Swiel has already hinted at a move, by making himself unavailable for the Baby Boks.
At the Bulls we had dom Ludeke overlook CJ Stander, probably our most talented young loosie of the past few years. This kid captained our Baby Bok side, but Ludeke chose to bench him in favour of Jaques Potgiter and Dewald Potgieter. How stupid a decision this was and resulted in CJ now playing in Ireland and like Roux, will no doubt qualify to play for them. If Meyer had, had his finger on the pulse, he should have capped CJ last year, even if it was off the bench, thereby securing his services for the future. What is going to happen to all the young stars the Bulls have signed like Dries Swanepoel, Pollard, Frans Venter, Ulrich Beyers, Small-Smith, Jean Cook and Jacques du Plessis when these guys get no S15 game time?
At the Sharks, we have good old Plum ignore the impressive Jandre Marais in favour of the bog ordinary Franco v/d Merwe on loan from the Lions. Now Marais is pissing off to France. His younger brother Peet is an equally talented lock, what are the chances that he follows his brother to France?
Naka, last season had no quality locks, he then woke up to young Carl Wegner at the end of the season, but by then it was too late as he had signed with a French club.
At the Lions, Ettienne Oosthuizen failed to make the Baby Bok squad when he should have and got little game time for the Lions, he is now starting for the Brumbies at lock under Jake. Josh Strauss made a great impression in the past two years but never got the call from Meyer and now he is playing in Scotland.
If Ebersohn does not get a call up this year, he will go, as there is little more he can do to impress Meyer.
The exodus of our quality youngsters is starting to get out of hand. Our national and provincial coaches need to take stock of this and provide our youngsters with security and game time. Its not difficult given some of the average to poor players we see being selected ahead of these youngsters.
And while we have to be realistic in that we cant select all these youngsters, it does not take a brain scientist to work out that Quinn Roux is better than de Kock Steenkamp, that Jandre Marais is better than Franco v/d Merwe, that CJ Stander is better than Jacques Potgieter, that Carl Wegner was better than any of the flanks the Cheetahs selected at lock last year or that Frans Venter is a better investment than old man Wynand Olivier