Kabamba defends SA’s fetchers

Vodacom Cheetahs openside Kabamba Floors believes that this country’s fetchers are amongst the world’s best.

Since the sidelining of Schalk Burger last month, the quest for a specialist No 6 has proved fruitless thus far. On the contrary, Floors is one who believes that Jake White is spoilt for choice.

“I believe that we have the fetchers in this country to excel at the highest level,” he told keo.co.za. “They just need to be given some time to prove themselves.”

Joe van Niekerk has been relegated to the bench after two games in the position. Solly Tybilika is the new man given the job of poaching the ball on the ground, but hasn’t played much for the Sharks or Wildebeest sides this season.

If he has a bad game on Saturday, would it be fair to drop him? You can’t say he’s in poor form, the guy hasn’t played enough this season to receive any such judgement.

Other contenders include Luke Watson, who has been the best openside in this year’s Absa Currie Cup and seems the logical choice to fill the void left by Burger. Besides him, Wikus van Heerden, who was moved to No 6 by White earlier in the year is another option. Hendro Scholtz is also well acknowledged in coaching circles as an excellent player on the ground, and Floors himself has had a huge impact on this year’s domestic competition, despite playing behind Scholtz for the majority of the time.

“Like I said, if I was given the job, if any of the top fetchers in this country were given the job, I think we could do it,” explained Floors.

“Solly Tybilika is capable of doing the job against the All Blacks. He has all the skills, and now it’s just a question of motivation.”

By Jon Cardinelli