Warning!!! (Expecting incoming fire from Saffex)
This a really hard one to bring up but based on current form, should Kolisi even be near a bok jersey. He hasn't done much for the sharks since joining and our win record last year was below average. Yes, we did win the Lions but not without the help of Rassie interfering and standing up for Kolisi.
Then, his stats this year are woeful and the games as well as his performance in the games I watched him play, he hardly shows up. There are a bunch of loosies pounding on the door to get selected. I also never rated him as a Captain and also felt that Duane was the real captain. If you see who talks to the boys behind the sticks, its Duane. Kolisi even said it with his own mouth that he is happy for other players to do the talking. So if you are not performing and not talking, who is leading the team?
Should we take the risk and have Kolisi in the team? When we have players like Van Staden, Coetzee, Kwagga, to name a few all performing better.
My problem has always been when coaches select players on reputation or they are a coach favourite. There should be players pushing the player above them. Class players will stand out.
What message does it send out that even your captain won't get replaced if his form dip. We saw it with John Smit, he was way below form after the world cup but kept being selected to the point that he had full control of the team and which ended up with us being knocked out of the Quarters because of this mans Ego. Not to mention Snorre being a poor coach.
Why are we repeating this. Players should be there on form, experience can help but it only gets you so far.
When Kolisi is on form he is a fantastic player. But right now he isn't and the URC season is almost over before we go into the next test season, but I think Rassie has painted himself in a corner now and we simply can not drop kolisi for a white player or captain or all hell will break lose. Possible threats of having the boks sanctioned.
Most people now agree that Mallet got rid of Teichman too soon but it was a brave choice by him. So now we are afraid of dropping our captains, but we need to find the middle ground.
In my opinion, unless Kolisi ups his game, he shouldn't be selected and a clear message should got out, if you are not on form and not performing for you club then there is very little room for you and other players will get picked ahead of you.
Lets not repeat the same mistake of the past.