Sharks CEO weighs in on Currie Cup quality argument: Some context is required|Sport
Sharks CEO Eduard Coetzee has shared his views on the coronavirus-disrupted season’s difficulties.
Coetzee’s Sharks reached the Currie Cup final with a 19-9 win over Western Province in the semi-finals over the weekend.
However, the quality on screen in the match at Newlands left much to be wanted and this has been a general trend throughout the Currie Cup.
A couple of pundits just recently shared their issues around the item dished up by South Africa’s rugby teams, however Coetzee feels some context is required.
He took to Twitter on Sunday to share his views:
” Seen some valid comments around the quality of some Currie Cup matches … not trying to justify or safeguard it, just aiming to add some context. In 13 rounds of rugby given that Covid struck … not when did we get to train a full week … the semi-final week was first one without Covid absentees …
” … taken a trip to matches without coaches readily available due to Covid … multiple matches had more than 10 players missing for video games … our personnel and players, like many other individuals on the planet facing death of buddies and immediate member of the family …
” So yes … the majority of the video games were sub-standard, but I select to commemorate every coach and gamer in SA, who throughout the most testing time we have actually ever faced in professional rugby, kept our market alive …
” I honour and celebrate our sponsors and fans for supporting us when sport was mostly unimportant due to people losing relative and livelihoods. I eagerly anticipate the Currie Cup final between the Sharks and the Bulls next Saturday.
” May we utilize this celebration to honour and keep in mind those who left us during the last 10 months of this horrible pandemic and celebrate the sport we like. The quality will return, our players stay gifted … however Covid19 will leave a tradition of hurt! Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika.”
The Currie Cup last at Loftus Versfeld is scheduled for Saturday, 30 January.