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Talent alone is not enough


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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  1. No fine balance at al…

    There is right ad there is wrong

    To quote old Yoda

    Do or not do… there is no try.

    Bosch needs to do or not do.

  2. At my oldest daughter’s Wednesday gymnastics practice club there is a poster up

    It says

    Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

    True dat

  3. To quote Yoda. Lmao.

    There is balance – these are youngsters. Even Du Preez jnr was v poor against Wales – does that mean you just slam the door?

    There is a lot of precious talent that can be out of this world good, but needs proper man management, in other words, a yoda.

  4. And to add. Having more talent and not working with it is just stupid. In real life you don’t get to just cruise along on one moment of brilliance a year, rugby should be the same. Do the hard yards or don’t let the door hit you on your way out. If you are more talented than a hard worker, you should do better than him, not just match him by being lazy.

  5. @cab:

    To quote the famous Big Merv Hughes

    Richie Richardson is facing him in the West Indies and Merv keeps on bouncing him and getting in his face

    Richie: Dis be my country. You canna coom here and be disrespetin’ me dis way. Dis my country, dis my home.

    Minutes later Merv castles him and as he runs past says

    Merv: In my country we just say fuck off

  6. Given all the “insightful” comments, I assume a lot of people think Bosch (and other talented youngsters?) are NOT putting in the hard yards? Sometimes you can work your bud off, but if you are a Brent Russell (with all the talent, but too small for any position outside of scrumhalve), then you should pick another sport! I am not in a position to comment on their lack of hard work – have certainly not seen any comments in the general media on them being lazy? E.g. Willemse not only did his Super Rugby training, but also slotted in with the additional burden on the U21 WC team – what else do you expect from him? As for Bosch, if I had that size I will also try and hide from tackling steroid-infested Neanderthals. He made his choice to play flyhalve only – so he needs to move away from the club where daddy will only play his 1970s Hutch model.

  7. @Bekke: From what I hear he is throwing nizzi fits. The media (me included) praising him from Schooldays are in his head and he is a bit of a doos thinking everything must just come his way.

    If he gets his head right he might be something worth to us if not he will just fade away

  8. lol – yip you can’t beat big Merv, no characters like that anymore. Silly game now – all they do is cheat by sandpapering the ball.

  9. He def can’t be calling anything – long way off the final product – pity if he got a yapper on him at such a young age, guy has talent but is small. I go for willemse. All the skills and more physical – Bosch got bigger boot than the others tho. Not everything but important.

  10. @cab: Agree. I hate people who feel entitled “just because”. He is certainly in the queue for flyhalve or fullback, but not in top 3 in SA.

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