I read an interesting letter in The Times today that spoke about Schalk Burger, the Springbok with the tendency to be sent off in rugby matches.
I think it’s really interesting that SA supporters of the Springboks are so die hard. They are so die hard in fact, that whenever a Springbok does something stupid (like Schalk’ tackle in the Samoa game) we all defend him blindly. Regardless of the game and the broader impact.
Billionaire Johann Rupert felt so strongly about this that he used his clout to send British representation across to France in Schalk’s defence.
Now on a serious note, there were many decisions that were questionable in that game, why is it that we are focusing on one guy (Schalk) to make a fuss about. His tackle was high, he was wrong and it wasn’t the first time.
He has been sent off before and must, in some way be considered a liability. He has the scare factor that makes opponents drop the ball and run in the opposite direction when they see him coming. But his lack of discipline is surely detrimental to our team?
Pass Schalk, pass, that’s all I have to say.
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