The alleged division in the Vodacom Western Province camp has been denied by captain Luke Watson.
Earlier this week, there were mutterings of a supposed rift between Watson and the senior members of the WP squad. However, Watson claims that this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
“I really don’t know where this comes from,” he told keo.co.za. “I was walking down the road the other day and I received a call to tell me about this rumour. I had a good laugh.”
Watson is known as a player with a particularly strong personality, a supposed reason why he has never been selected by Springbok coach Jake White. He explained that the WP team are a close-knit unit, and that there is no truth in these allegations.
“I don’t think there’s one person in the entire squad who won’t back me up on this. We’re a side with a great team spirit. Tiaan Liebenberg has just moved here from Griquas, and he told me that he’s never seen a team with such a positive vibe.”
Throughout the season, Kobus van der Merwe and the players have described Watson’s leadership as a major reason for WP’s success. Watson’s theory is that the attack on his style of captaincy is just another psychological tactic employed by the opposition.
The Valke management had latched onto this rumour earlier in the week, and have stated in Beeld that the rift should make WP more vulnerable.
“It’s a lie, and I suppose it’s just pre-game politics. You just need to look at who’s publishing this. Beeld isn’t a Cape Town newspaper, and so are more likely to run this story.”
by Jon Cardinelli