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Sharks CEO weighs in on Currie Cup quality debate: Some context is needed

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Sharks CEO Eduard Coetzee. (Gallo Images)
Sharks CEO Eduard Coetzee. (Gallo Images)

Sharks CEO Eduard Coetzee has shared his views on the coronavirus-disrupted season's challenges.

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 display in the match at Newlands left much to be desired and this has been a general trend throughout the Currie Cup.

A few pundits recently shared their concerns around the product dished up by South Africa's rugby teams, but Coetzee feels some context is needed.

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 defend it, just aiming to add some context. In 13 rounds of rugby since Covid hit... not once did we get to train a full week...the semi-final week was first one without Covid absentees...

"… travelled to matches without coaches available due to Covid... multiple matches had more than 10 players absent for games... our staff and players, like many other people in the world facing death of close friends and immediate family members...

"So yes... most of the games were sub-standard, but I choose to celebrate every coach and player in SA, who during the most testing time we have ever faced in professional rugby, kept our industry alive...

"I honour and celebrate our sponsors and fans for supporting us when sport was largely irrelevant due to people losing family members and livelihoods. I look forward to the Currie Cup final between the Sharks and the Bulls next Saturday.

"May we use this occasion to honour and remember those who left us during the last 10 months of this terrible pandemic and celebrate the sport we love. The quality will return, our players remain talented... but Covid19 will leave a legacy of hurt! Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika."

The Currie Cup final at Loftus Versfeld is scheduled for Saturday, 30 January.

Kick-off time is yet to be confirmed by SA Rugby.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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