Tight­heads & Loose Balls

Sunday Times - - Sport Rugby -

● It is a saga that has sunk deeper into the realm of the bizarre. You are prob­a­bly aware by now that Gri­quas boss “Oom” Jan­nie Louw and his mob saw it fit to strip Deon Car­ney and Joe Mo­lale of their Un­der-18 Academy Week coach­ing jobs be­cause of their sup­port of the All Blacks. Turns out Mo­lale got re­in­stated af­ter switch­ing al­le­giance to the Spring­boks, but Car­ney told them to go fly a kite. Surely swear­ing al­le­giance can­not be done over the bar­rel and Gri­quas, who in­ci­den­tally have Namib­ian Brew­eries as a ma­jor spon­sor, should know that Mo­lale’s pledge is as hol­low as Kim­ber­ley’s best-known land­mark.

● Still on the un­trans­formed, Rood­e­poort Rugby Club’s motto on their web­site’s home page is more than a lit­tle mis­lead­ing. “Cel­e­brat­ing 75 years of de­fy­ing all odds, through skill, not force,” while else­where pro­claim­ing to be “one of the lead­ing open clubs in South Africa” as well as be­ing a “bas­tion of ex­cel­lence that has stood the test of time”. Well, we’ll be damned. That doesn’t sound like a club whose play­ers last week al­legedly used the k-word as part of an at­tack on Wan­der­ers Rugby Club play­ers. Their ac­tions are likely to have se­vere con­se­quences, es­pe­cially if Golden Li­ons Rugby Union pres­i­dent Kevin de Klerk’s strongly worded state­ments are any­thing to go by.

● It is quite a fall from grace for the club who were na­tional club champs in the late 1980s. You have to won­der what for­mer Rood­e­poort play­ers like Garth Wright, Ian MacDon­ald, Balie Swart, Adri­aan Richter, Rob­bie Blair and Pi­eter Hen­driks make of the cur­rent crop.

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