It was inevitable. Peter de Villiers just couldn’t leave his Bok position with even a little scrap of dignity. After the Boks exited the World Cup at the quarter final stage, he realised that the right thing to do was to step down. A quarter final exit is unacceptable in any Bok era. But of course, a man known for acting like a clown throughout his reign as a coach couldn’t go on to leave with a bit of a class. He had to go and announce last week that he “has unfinished business” and will be re-applying for the Bok position.
Sure, he won twice in New Zealand, beat the British Lions and won a Tri-Nations title. All good things compared to Straeuli. But seriously… you are judged by your World Cup performance and by those standards his era was a failure. It is not as though he lost a World Cup final when his flyhalf sliced a drop goal in the dying seconds of a close fought final. This is the guy who was “90% sure the Boks would win the World Cup”.
Seriously… it is time to wonder off into the wilderness and make the occasional appearance at the pub where locals will by you a round when you remind them that you were coach when Ricky Januarie scored “that try” in New Zealand to win the game.
In related news, SA comedians, bloggers and satirists announced a joint statement that they are “out of Peter de Villiers” materials. There’s nothing more to said, according to Mark Lottering, Trevor Noah and five rugby bloggers who were polled after Peter de Villiers announced his comeback.
“We were already working on our Alistair Coetzee material… this just sends us back into the past”, Big Daddy Rugby has gone on record to say.