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Tony Galant
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Rassie Erasmus is no Messiah Saru

14 February 2018, 11:36

If Saru thinks that Rassie Erasmus will take them through the Red Sea and and to the promise land Japan 2019 they setting them up for bitter disappointment.

Too much is wrong with Springbok rugby on and off the field. Let's start with Saru. When are they changing they contract policy? We've been talking for years about central contracting as this would give Saru more control over their players. You have to look after your most valuable stock and it's plain to see New Zealand manages their players better than South Africa.

The Toetie fiasco was sad and humiliating. That letter should never have been leaked to the media. It was a internal matter and should have stayed with Saru. Saru should invest more in grooming quality coaches - there is a serious lack of quality coaches in SA and we loosing the few good ones to the pound.

Poor administration will just filter down to poor results on the field. Was Toetie qualified? Did he meet the criteria? Yes he was, even more so than Erasmus. He was understudy to Jake White when they won the World Cup in 2007 and he won a Curry Cup. Even Erasmus's CV don't sport such achievement.

Saru set up Toetie for failure, he had no support. Since when does a coach have no say in his support staff? It's unheard of. Yes, he read the contract and should never have signed it but a opportunity for a man of colour to coach your country is an opportunity very few would refuse, so to blame Toetie for his low percentage of wins (44%) is not his fault alone. Saru should take some of the blame.

On the field we lack vision, skill and passion. Our halfbacks lack composure and our decision making is poor. Our scrum half coffers are empty. If your halfbacks can't dominate and their tactical kicking is poor on international level you'll end up with a 44% win ratio, just ask Toetie. Our back 3 is too fragile for international rugby ability. Under the high ball they were horribly exposed against Wales last season.

Mr Erasmus will make the same mistake as all before him and that is to think bigger and stronger. We see it every year, how a piece of brilliant skill or nifty footwork can unlock defences. Damian McKenzie is not big, in fact, he weighs a meer 81kg, but boy, can this kid run.

The difference between the Boks and the All Blacks is they believe in Damian. He's not in the team to defend, believe me he's vulnerable on defence, yet the way the All Blacks is set up is easy for Damian to express his talents they still back him for his attacking ability.

The SA equivalent to a Damian McKenzie is Cheslin Kolbe. In fact, in my opinion Kolbe is more talented, so this is what we do in SA: we look at all Kolbe's shortcomings instead of how we can utilise the boys' natural ability in a Springbok setup.

It's hard trying to be positive about Springbok rugby as we see every season the same mistakes being made and then we expect to conquer the world.

Erasmus is no miracle man and Mr Keohane, the Boks will never beat Eddie's England. I hope I eat my words.

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