What will happen next – who knows?

2016-01-27 06:00

THERE’S a little girl down the road, five or maybe six, who’s filled with wrath these days. Whenever she passes a neighbour as she pedals her tiny bike around the gated community where her family lives, she stops to question them. “So what d’you think now?”

She literally shrieks: “Well, I told you so! Didn’t I? That’ll teach them to mess with our Quinnie!?”

What’s it all about? Ask her that and she’ll fix you with those piercing blue eyes and give a cheeky shake of her curly blonde hair.

“Quinton! Quinton de Kock, of course. I said they were mad to drop him. So he showed them – and how he did! Top scorer for the Proteas against England. One-twenty-nine not out! With his new little moustache and all – really yummy don’t you think?”

What she’s on about is what happened last week at the Centurion cricket ground, where the Proteas are playing England in the last of the four Test series. But don’t get her started or she’ll give you the whole – perhaps unprintable – history about how he was dropped not once but twice. “I mean, are they crazy?”

You have to forgive her. Her father’s a retired farmer and he always calls a spade a “bloody shovel”. But there’s no stopping her now as she bursts out with: “Like I said are they crazy or something? First they drop him – even though he’s easily the best wickie they got.

Then there’s some cock-and-bull story (that’s her dad’s influence) about Quinnie walking with his dog and taking a real cropper of a fall. Did the dog push him over or what? Anyway he was injured, so they left him out again!”

Then pedals away, muttering blue murder. “Next they’ll be dropping poor old Kagiso Rabada for taking seven wickets and all. Bloody selectors!”

You have to wonder what she’ll have to say with the new rugby season coming up and the controversy over who should take over the coaching of the Springboks now that Heyneke Meyer has decided he wants no more of it.

At first it looked set for the former Stormers coach, Allister Coetzee, to take over as the Boks’ new boss, even though he is presently contracted with the Kobelco Steelers in Japan.

It is now rumoured, however, that he may not be all that keen to break away from his Japanese commitment.

Indeed, so strong has this rumour become, that a new candidate in the form of Rassie Erasmus is now being touted to take over the Springbok hot seat.

Should Coetzee back off, Erasmus, who is SARU’s General Manager of Rugby, might take over at least on a temporary basis. This would give SARU enough time to find a permanent replacement. And that’s not all. Some dark horses are also being mentioned as candidates for the job – among them Lions coach Johan Ackermann and the former All Blacks boss, John Plumtree. SARU president, Oregon Hoskins, said at the weekend: “A foreigner is an option that should not be overlooked.” So you never can tell.

And talk about getting your ducks in a row . . . now poor AB gets a pair – what’s this world coming to?

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