This weekend we saw Super Rugby round 10 take place, where seven matches were played.
Three of those seven matches involved South African franchises, Lions against Waratahs in Sydney, Blue Bulls played against the in form Melbourne Rebels and the headline match of the weekend, South African derby, Sharks hosting the Stormers.
More often than not, South Africans pride themselves as having the best rugby derbies after New Zealand in the Super Rugby competition. So far there’s been four South African derbies, last nights game between Sharks and Stormers was fourth derby.
The lack of quality coaching in South Africa was emphasized by last nights Sharks and Stormers Super Rugby match. Two of the four biggest unions in Mzantsi failed to live up to the expectations, and the responsibility solely lies on coaching staff of both franchises. The game was dreary, insipid and unimaginative.
Rob du Preez and Robbie Fleck seem to be punching above their weight at this level and to make matters worse, Fleck could be going to the U.K to coach Pro 14 side, the Ospreys. Seems like mediocrity is rewarded to those of a lighter hue, while formidable coaches like Pieter de Villiers are in charge of below average Zimbabwean Rugby.
Sharks have won two games at home, that was against the wooden spoon Sunwolves and Stormers. The Stormers have won three at home and lost all thier away games.
Both these franchises have some of the best rugby players in the land and its very evident that they are poorly coached. If this substandard level of coaching continues, it will be a very long time before we see South African players play to their full potential.
By Thabiso Oliphant