NORTHERN Transvaal captain Adriaan Richter has come out in support of the team’s coach John Williams, who is under fire from rugby officials in Pretoria. This follows Northern Transvaal’s 34-36 defeat by Northern Free State. Northerns have lost all three of their cup matches.
This was made worse by Williams’ failure to attend Saturday’s match. Instead he went on a hunting trip in KwaZulu-Natal. Richter said it is the players who must do the job on the field and not the coach.
“No matter how much he gives orders from the sideline, we must make the desicions and play the game on the field,” said Richter. He said as long as the coach does his job during the week, there is no problem. “Even Kitch Christie missed a game during the World Cup. He also missed some practice sessions and look how well it went then. From the players’ point of view, there is no problem with Williams’s absence,” he said
Meanwhile, a number of administrators have expressed their dismay at Williams’s absence. They say it is not the first time he has let the union down and that his position as the head coach should be re-evaluated.
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