South Africa U/19 Poor performance

South Africa U/19 Poor performance

Post by CJ Purchas » Wed, 16 Aug 1995 04:00:00


I was wondering whether the U/19 side of South Africa was the best
possible side to tour England. It seems to me that the fact that they
had to choose a certain number of "developement Players" helped a lot
to ensure that they did not perform that well. Isn't it a bit premature
to think that these players are ready to play at international level ?
 
 
 

South Africa U/19 Poor performance

Post by John Hal » Wed, 16 Aug 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
>I was wondering whether the U/19 side of South Africa was the best
>possible side to tour England. It seems to me that the fact that they
>had to choose a certain number of "developement Players" helped a lot
>to ensure that they did not perform that well. Isn't it a bit premature
>to think that these players are ready to play at international level ?

Surely the idea is that the Development players are supposed to be among
the best in their age group? The aim of such tours is to develop players
for the future rather than to have immediate success, and I am sure that
it will have succeeded in this objective. In any case, it would hardly
have been possible for South Africa to bring an all-white side without
it causing an enormous rumpus.
--
  "It's life, Jim, but not as we know it."

 
 
 

South Africa U/19 Poor performance

Post by J Sreedh » Wed, 16 Aug 1995 04:00:00

Quote:



>>I was wondering whether the U/19 side of South Africa was the best
>>possible side to tour England. It seems to me that the fact that they
>>had to choose a certain number of "developement Players" helped a lot
>>to ensure that they did not perform that well. Isn't it a bit premature
>>to think that these players are ready to play at international level ?

>Surely the idea is that the Development players are supposed to be among
>the best in their age group? The aim of such tours is to develop players
>for the future rather than to have immediate success, and I am sure that
>it will have succeeded in this objective. In any case, it would hardly
>have been possible for South Africa to bring an all-white side without
>it causing an enormous rumpus.
>--

Also, wasn't it reported that talent was the only criterion used
in the selection? I am hazy about this...

 
 
 

South Africa U/19 Poor performance

Post by Justin Whitt » Thu, 17 Aug 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

>Also, wasn't it reported that talent was the only criterion used
>in the selection? I am hazy about this...

Well, that may be the official verdict, but there is no way that squad was
chosen purely on merit. Renier Munnik, for example, should have walked into
the squad - he's certainly one of the best players I've seen in his age-
group. I'm afraid, as an earlier poster suggested, he probably lost out
because he is White and Afrikaans-speaking. This is not a racist comment,
merely a reflection of the attitude towards selection in several areas of
South African sport. Sadly, talent should be the only criterion, but is
frequently not.

Having said that, I feel that the U19 team gave a pretty good account of
themselves, except for the second innings of the third test.

Regards
Justin from Cape Town