Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie is still fuming over the Australian player survey that slammed De Wet Barry, Pretoria and the Cheetahs.
Australia’s Vodacom Super 14 players voted De Wet Barry the dirtiest player in the competition and said Pretoria was the most boring place to visit. They also claimed the Cheetahs would finish last in the competition, while Tappe Henning was voted the second-worst ref.
“We just arrived in Cape Town and I’m pretty embarrassed,” McKenzie said. “I probably forecast a week ago that I thought the survey by the players’ association was rude and I couldn’t understand the reasoning behind some of the questions, and sure enough, we’ve arrived here and it’s on the front page of the newspaper.
“They wouldn’t put in on the front page if they weren’t trying to stir things up a bit. I don’t know what the players’ association thought they were doing, but if they thought they were trying to help the cause, well they’ve just made life pretty hard for us and the Brumbies [who are also in South Africa].
“I can’t understand the purpose of it and I actually don’t know what the motivation was. It’d be interesting for someone to justify why we did the thing in the first place. I don’t see any value in what they’ve done and I know that if the situations were reversed we’d be up in arms ourselves.”
‘Tahs captain Chris Whitaker was also vocal in denouncing the way the survey was implemented.
“It’s disappointing, very disappointing actually,” he said. “The last thing you want to do is give the opposition ammunition before the game to come out and have a crack at you, and I suppose they can take the publication of the survey as that. It’s disappointing it’s come out and what’s been done with it, I don’t think any of the players who filled it out had any intention of that.”