RUCK N ROLL
GAVIN RICH: Timing of Bok tour selections diluted Currie Cup final
Western Province coach John Dobson had to bite his lip when talking after Saturday’s Currie Cup final about the mood in the losing change room. The truth was the change room was half empty because seven members of his run-on team were already on their way to Cape Town International Airport to catch the Springbok flight to London. While the Sharks deserved their win in a final that was played in conditions that perhaps conspired in their favour as the slow, stop-start nature of the game didn’t expose their staying ability at forward, it would be naive to think that the selections, and the logistics of the Bok departure, did not affect the result. The squad was only announced to the public on Saturday night after the game, but of course the players already knew who was going. The logistics of getting them to the airport straight after the game would have been impossible otherwise. The Sharks Boks, for instance, would have had to be packed for London when they left Durban.