>>> Well all know that Andre Joubert was a pretty special No 15.
>>> To the chaps from Natal "Royce" was even more special.
>>> In 1996 the Natal Sharks played Transvaal at Ellis Part before a
>>> capacity crowd that included me.
>>> What a day! Tons of beer and I maintain I remained sober.
>>> Here is a iffy quality video I ripped from a VHS tape I found in the
>>> rafters of my garage.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUmkszso4Pw
>>> Jeremy Thompson scored the 1st try and Andre scored 2 more.
>>> Joubert's 1st try was the special one to me. His 2nd try was lovely to
>>> watch but Natal had the game almost in the bag by then.
>>> Why am I posting this now? Well the Sharks supporters are all in pain
>>> now. We are having an awful season (3rd from the bottom). Maybe this
>>> will give them a boost
>> I can't watch it at work, but if I did it will probably just remind me
>> of a time when Natal had some real natural talents rather than the
>> robots we seem to have now.
> I think that's a whole other debate, and a problem England have had for
> years. Youngsters break onto the scene with oodles of talent. We stick
> them in a gym then over coach them until all their natural skill has
> gone. South African and English sides have of late gone for specimens
> over players. It seems these days it's all about how much lead you can
> shift or how fast you can run in a straight line.
I agree with the sentiment. Today's sportsman is expected to be a
tee-total, PC, gym junkie, which reminds me of one of my favourite
stories... from cricket, but the point is moot.
In the 70s, Australia was desperate for a leg-spinner to tour the West
Indies, and chose a Novocastrian (from Newcastle on Hunter) after only
one Sheffield Shield (interstate) game. After one of the prep games, leg
spinner John Watkins began to jog around the oval, watched by Doug
Walters (talented Rothman's smoking batsman). After a few laps, Dougie
asked him what he was doing.
"Well", said John, "I want to be fit enough so my second twenty overs
are as good as my first twenty."
"Well", said Doug, "first of all, you need to be good enough to bowl