As supporters we may not always have the inside information on why the decisions are made on which players or coaches Unions contract, but sometimes you do not have to be a rocket scientist to know they are missing the mark.
Over the years we have seen WP Rugby missing out on signing stellar players like Derick Hougaard, Francois Hougaard, Willie Le Roux, Ruan Combrinck, Kobus Wiese, Lourens Adriaanse, Juandre Kruger, Gürthro Steenkamp and Gcobani Bobo to name a few who become Springboks at other unions but played in junior levels in the Western Cape or Boland.
Some of these players were deemed not good enough for Province which forced them to find unions that could see the quality that made them Springboks.
Meyer was assistant coach at Stormers before he became one of the most successful coaches at the Bulls and Springbiks
We now have one of the most successful coaches at Province in recent years still being overlooked for the top job at the Stormers while Robbie Fleck, with half the CV coaching them for three years running and failing spectacularly.
The fear now is, how long will Dobson be happy being overlooked for the Stormers gig before he also lookd for an employer that recogniseds his talents and skills as a coach?
In the 3 years Fleck has been the coach of the Stormers, he won 10 out of 16 in 2016 beforen getting hammered by the Chiefs in quarter finals, 10 out 15 wins in 2017 and again losing against the Chiefs in the quarter finals at Newlands, and 6 out of 16 in 2018 not even making the playoffs.
In total, Dobson has guided Western Province to the Vodacom Cup play-offs for five consecutive years between 2011 and 2015, winning the title once.
He also guided the Western Province Under-21s to five consecutive play-offs between 2010 and 2014, winning two titles and ending as losing finalists on two occasions.
He also guided Western Province to two finals in three years winning in 2017 and id well on his way to end the the 2018 season unbeaten with a full-house of points and bonus points.
Last year he won the Super Sport Challenge in its first year with a perfect season .
In the 2018 season so far no other team could come close to the Province team in the Currie Cup.
He started his coaching career at UCT for their first three seasons in the Varsity Cup competition from 2008-2010.
He guided them to the final in the inaugural 2008 season and helped them reach the play-offs again in 2009, losing 17–19 to NWU Pukke in the semi-final.
He then went to Italy as the technical director of Italian National Championship of Excellence side Roma for the 2009–10 season.
He returned to South Africa to guide UCT Ikey Tigers the final of the 2010 Varsity Cup.
It is actually embarrassing to compare Dobson with Flecks coaching careers but still he is Flecks junior at the union even though Fleck had done his initial apprenticeship under Dobbo as he is affectionaley known at the Ikeys
Only the braintrust at WP Rugby will know why he has been overlooked in 2015 when Fleck was appointed, but even worse is why he are still being denied the job after Fleck has failed with quality players in the union for three years running.
It seems that the Bulls are interested in Dobson service to take over the Bulls next season which mean Province may again lose a quality coach to other.
Personally I do not know what Dobson still need to prove to Gert Smal and his administration at WP Rugby to get noticed as one of the best and most repsected coaches in South Africa?
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By: Adnaan Mohamed