20.6.2019 02:06 pm
The Springbok is undoubtedly a class act and valuable for Saturday’s semi, but he faces challenges on two fronts.
While there’s nothing wrong with raving about the return of Jesse Kriel to the Bulls’ starting line-up for Saturday’s Super Rugby quarterfinal against the Hurricanes in Wellington, there needs to be perspective on the matter.
Pote Human’s troops mixed power with precision as they score seven tries against a chastened opposition defence.
But the Durbanites and Stormers will reflect on a derby that was quite appalling at times.
Rassie Erasmus has embraced them as a combo at international level, but it’s a different matter in Super Rugby.
Lions coach Swys de Bruin admits nothing will be simple again when it comes to contracting in South African rugby.
They’ve been forced to pick a flyhalf many of their supporters don’t want to see again in the jersey.
The Bulls’ pivot kicked the men from Ellis Park to pieces in their previous meeting this season.
That’s why the ace Lions winger isn’t preoccupied with Super Rugby playoff scenarios this weekend.
Coach Pote Human certainly hasn’t ruled out the possibility of the Springbok lock making a quicker return than expected.
The end of the current Super Rugby campaign leaves the local franchises’ stock in the position in a parlous state.
Jaco Coetzee has tongues wagging as the Bulls show some grunt at the front and back.
As their playoff hopes fade, coach Swys de Bruin also laments a similar horror script against the ‘Canes as was the case in 2016.
Robbie Fleck’s troops could rue missing out on a fairly easy bonus point.
John Plumtree’s Hurricanes show their pedigree after oozing class after the turnaround.
SA Rugby will no longer directly contract Springboks and a ‘commitment clause’ will see young players rewarded for longer-term commitment to South Africa.