I spotted this headline whilst browsing headlines about the Springboks latest defeat to New Zealand over the weekend “Slow start to Heyneke era“.
I guess that is one way of describing it.
The article goes on to discuss how former coach Jake White had a win ratio of 77.7%, and Meyer’s predecessor Pieter “PDivvy” De Villiers had a win ratio of 66.6% after the same number of games played (9, in case you were wondering).
Current incumbent Heyneke Meyer has a win ratio of 44.4% – the lowest of the three.
With such a record, I thought the calls for his resignation would be deafening from supporters around the country.
Oh, right it’s okay because unlike PDivvy he was appointed for “rugby” reasons. Unlike PDivvy, he doesn’t shoot his mouth off and say inappropriate things at press conferences. Unlike PDivvy, he has got his tactics spot on with the players and the tactics are working. Unlike PDivvy he has an inexperienced group of young players and has not inherited a World Cup winning squad. Unlike PDivvy, he does not have Bakkies, Victor and Fourie to lead the team.
Unlike……..well, you get the idea.
PDivvy was in the firing line from the moment he got the Springbok gig. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the man was the greatest public speaker and had one of the worst cases of “foot and mouth” disease known in the history of the planet (even pipping Dubya to the dubious accolade).
All I am saying is that the media and supporters are not treating PDivvy and Meyer equally. One person seems to be getting a relatively easier ride than the other.