Here’s how to give back to sport

2016-04-13 06:00

SO much was going on in sport last week that it was a case of looking here, there and just about everywhere. Where to start? How about Cricket South Africa (CSA) being so concerned about the state of the game here that it‘s enlisting the help of sportsmen from many different ports of call.

Among the panel is former Springbok rugby captain, Francois Pienaar, who led South Africa to World Cup glory and the William Webb-Ellis trophy in 1995, the year of the country’s re-admission to the sport.

The panel, from many areas of sport, might also have included former Bok captain and 1995 manager of that winning team, Morne du Plessis, had he not turned down the invitation because of prior commitments. “Also because I feel I’m not in touch enough with the tendencies in modern sport – specially as regards cricket,” added the one-time Western Province demon fast bowler.

CSA executive, Haroon Lorgat, said of this new venture: “It is right for us to undertake an objective and thorough review of our national team’s set-up and performances.”

Other prominent sporting experts joining the panel include former South African cricket captain, Ali Bacher.

“I’m still in the early stages of finding out the intentions of the review of our national teams. It will become clearer in the next few days exactly what we want to achieve.”

Looking ahead he added with typical Bacher enthusiasm: “It feels like I’m going to the crease again and getting the adrenalin pumping.”

It seems the initiative, of which Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula, has asked for a full report, will get underway almost immediately.

Said one spokesman,“It will start within the next 10 days”. Added another: “They’re pushing to have it done shortly.”

Over to the local playing front – the Sharks, at home, were firmly put in their place by Joburg’s Lions to the tune of 24-9 and it might have been worse had flyhalf Elton Jantjies not been adjudged guilty of a forward pass to Julian Redelinghuis early in the game.

It was not the Sharks’ day. Not only were they found to be badly incompetent at scrum time but what looked like a serious leg injury to Marcell Coetzee saw the ace loose-forward stretchered off in only the 32nd minute.

The Lions, with Jantjies in something like his best form, made the demons of the sea look little better than dazzled dolphins.

Here at home, in PE, the Kings unhappily looked nothing like royalty against the Bulls, able only to record points with two penalties in their 38-6 defeat by the Pretoria visitors. It was not the best of games by either side, though fast improving Bulls wing, Jamba Ulengo, can look back on his double-try performance with pride.

TAILPIECE: It might have been best to stay clear of SARU’s choice of the Springboks’ new coach, following Heyneke Meyer’s decision to quit the perilous job after his steady decline in the all-important area of success. The lucky man’s name has been officially announced.

Those in the know said at the weekend that without doubt it is Allister Coetzee or “Toetie” as he’s affectionately known. If you’re a rugby fan you’ll know by now whether that’s right or wrong. Anyway, cheers for now – and the best of luck, Toetie!

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