I recently had the pleasure to listen to how the season that was (2009), have been one of the more successful for WP Rugby.
Excuse me? Successful? How on earth did you come up with that?
To me personally the only guys that can compete with the Lions rugby union for uttering the most unbelieveable PR crap is Western Province rugby, the only difference being that WP Rugby have been doing it for much longer which is why they are arguably more successful in duping the rugby public and their long suffering fans.
Throughout the year I shared some of the horror stories on this website with you in our privileged position as media guests of WP Rugby union. Most of which is easily forgotten or lost in the maize of positive rugby spin (read bullshit) that we find in the main stream media, and from the guys at WP Rugby themselves.
Make no mistake, I have made some wonderful friends in WP Rugby, most of whom funnily enough, agree with me.
But it is with this last, farewell and thank you for your support message from WP Rugby union where I sat up and asked myself; “Just what do these guys perceive as successful?”
The Stormers ended 10th on the log in the Super 14, Western Province’s three union sides (U/19, U/21 and Senior teams) all only made it to the semi-finals, in which all three lost their matches. Hell even the WP Vodacom Cup side could not even manage a semi spot ending 4th on the log in their league (top 2 qualified).
In fact, the only ‘success’ Western Cape Rugby enjoyed has been through non-unionised governed/managed/administered teams like the Maties (Varsity Cup Champs) and Hamiltons (Club Champs).
Most will tell you achieving the honour of a home semi-final in the Currie Cup takes some doing, and yes it has not been easy but please, don’t be fooled, the Currie Cup in itself is a 5, at best 6-horse race (if Griquas features strongly) so making the semi’s is hardly an achievement and should be a given for a union like Western Province.
Yet the spin-doctors from WP Rugby would have you believe that 2009 was a magical year for WP Rugby and how this now is the sign that WP and Stormers rugby have turned a corner for the 2010 season.
Let me be on record to say that 2010 will be one of the worst years in WP and Stormers rugby in the last decade (and that will take some doing) thanks to the union’s continued ignorance on the importance of proper structures and development of talent through those structures.
You want to sit back and appreciate a successful season?
Then sit back and enjoy the country cousins, the Cheetahs and what they achieved with minimal resources, a nightmare start to their campaign, injury plagued periods throughout the year and even the odd tabloid-type off the field scandals where they not only (for the first time in many years) managed to hold onto most of their core group of players for another year, but also managed to feature 3 teams in 3 finals on Saturday at Loftus where their U/19, U/21 and senior Currie Cup side will take part in the finals of South Africa’s premier domestic competition.