HTS Middelburg and Hoërskool Middelburg have both pulled out of this weekend’s matches against Monument and Nelspruit respectively. Flu is the reason.
Since this was the second year running that the HTS Rooibulle had bailed on Monnas on the Thursday before the Saturday matchday, it prompted one media publication to refer to the sickness as “Monnasgriep”, a bit of humour which didn’t go down well amongst the Mpumalanga provincial town community, who are living through a bit of a crisis at the moment.
Everyone is on board that health and safety are paramount, so that is not where the debate lies.
Unfortunately with illness and injury having becoming part-and-parcel of the 2022 schoolboy rugby season, the question is do you forge on, play with what you’ve got and make the most of the opportunity (while it exists*) or do you withdraw/postpone?
The latter naturally results in the beaded-eye look and the suggestions that it is a manufactured situation to avoid a hard fixture when not at full strength.
Not an easy situation for the educators to manage but perhaps the standard should be to do everything in one’s power to honour a fixture commitment, and be proud of subscribing to this spirit.