In sport hand-me-downs can only keep you going for so long at one stage you need to show progress and willingness to take it further.
We have seen plenty of youngsters in our Junior, Currie Cup and even Super Rugby squads who are just not growing in the apprenticeship that is given to them.
The biggest problem for any young player in South Africa is the press that build them up to be super stars which they are a long way from.
Most of these players have world class ability but as soon as they step onto the bigger stage they are mentally fragile and cannot handle to process that let them grow in the system.
After seeing an article to question the opportunity Curwin Bosch is getting in the Sharks setup, I started to wonder where the problems really are?
For most of the Sharks campaign Robert Du Preez (jnr) got the nod to play at ten for the Sharks moving Bosch to fullback.
This open up the question if Bosch was supposed to be given more opportunities at ten with Du Preez by far having earn the right for that number ten jumper?
The simple question is no….if you are not ready or better than the number in a position then you should not expect special treatment.
Bosch had his chance last year at ten for the Sharks in the later stages of Super Rugby and did not play the world on fire. His defence has been a problem from day one at senior level and he has so far not shown any improvement in that regard.
Western Province, Willemse has in fact raced pass Bosch in all aspects of a number ten. Bosch is a typical Generation-Z kid, not willing to go through the apprenticeship and if they do not get it they throw a tantrum.
The professional game is much harder on players than when we started in the 1990’s and if players are not mentally strong enough they fade away and coaches are blamed for not doing enough.
Sometimes it is better to take a player that maybe do that have all the talent but are strong enough to adopt and grow in the system.
From what I have heard Robert Du Preez (Snr) is a top coach, his union are maybe run by an old boys club but as a coach you will not find much better in SA, so there is no excuse for a player like Bosch to tap into that and become a world class player.
Bosch has failed at the Junior Boks, have not played the world on fire at Currie Cup level and has been just one of the players at Super Rugby level, so why must he get special treatment.
He needs to sort out his head and do the hard graft if he wants to succeed at Super Rugby and higher levels.
The most important lesson Bosch can learn now, is to stop listening to his own press and get his head in the game more than his body.
If he cannot do that he will just be another player with all the abilities who will fade away and runaway to Europe or Japan.
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