End of Rassie’s disco days

Rassie Erasmus is unlikely to continue with his light show on the roof of Vodacom Park next season.

The Cheetahs coach has attracted plenty of attention this year by using disco lights and coloured boards to relay messages to his players on the field. However, Erasmus on Saturday came down from the roof at the end of the 80 minutes and spent extra time on the touchline.

“My players have become really clever and can work most things out for themselves,” Erasmus told Rapport. “So I came down quickly and left the boards with [injured Cheetahs lock] Corniel van Zyl. But I think we are now finished with the boards – it’s become too much of a sideshow.”

Erasmus expressed his disappointment at sharing the Currie Cup title with the Bulls, considering his side had led 25-18 with three minutes to go.

“Ag, it’s a big disappointment and I’m sure it’s the same for Heyneke [Meyer] and the Bulls,” he said. “On the positive side, I’d have done flik-flaks if we’d shared the cup three years ago [when the Cheetahs lost at Loftus]. But it’s really not a nice feeling.”

The coach admitted he also felt sorry for lock Barend Pieterse and flank Kabamba Floors, who both missed out on Springbok selection. Only Bevin Fortuin and Juan Smith (who didn’t play in the Currie Cup) were included in the 28-man squad.

“But I will never criticise the selections of another coach, because he must stand or fall with that team,” added Erasmus.