Rugby rants

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Gary James, it would be help­ful if you for once bring hard con­trary facts to the dis­agree­ment. We have read with tol­er­ant bore­dom your ad hominem at­tacks. You are con­fus­ing shadow box­ing with the real thing. I mean, is that all your Model C ed­u­ca­tion can do for you? You must have friends with bet­ter think­ing and writ­ing skills who are will­ing to chip in. Come on, don’t leave us flap­ping in the breeze. – Al­lan Klaasen, Prim­rose Park

As we said in Bok rugby, there are layer upon layer of fal­sity. How odd is the se­lec­tion of Morne Steyn after El­ton Jan­tjies was picked apart by Rich? Steyn built a ca­reer on ba­sic skill er­rors. This proves that the un­mis­tak­able ur­gency to get rid of El­ton was naked racism. Those who have a plea­sur­able sense of re­lief in this care­less mal­ice must re­alise that it does noth­ing to im­prove the Bok game and im­age. All that it did was to pro­vide us with more ev­i­dence that the cri­te­rion by which most things in Bok rugby is ex­am­ined is still race. It is go­ing to drive more sup­port­ers into the All Black camp. – David Esau, Bel­har

With em­pir­i­cal ev­i­dence we now ex­am­ine one of Gavin Rich’s prophe­cies. He said Juan de Jongh is too small for test rugby. Juan started a test against the All Blacks. In the 41-13 de­feat, the de­fen­sive sys­tem and in­di­vid­u­als came up short. Pun is de­lib­er­ate. Juan was not one of them. How did Rich ra­tio­nalise the fail­ure of his the­ory? He made Juan re­spon­si­ble for the whole team’s per­for­mance – para­phrase “if they lose with him there, the pub­lic are go­ing to let Al­lis­ter know”. This was where he again pushed for the se­lec­tion of a white player ahead of Juan. Is this knowl­edge­able clar­ity or big­otry?

With the Boks weighed down by cir­cum­stance, Gavin Rich of­fered his spec­u­la­tive non­sense. He said El­ton Jan­tjies may set­tle if Ro­han Janse van Rens­burg was se­lected.

El­ton Jan­tjies

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