There’s nothing worse for any employee than not getting a gift after years of hard grafting when you eventually leave a company.
Some of us get a golden handshake, others get, well, just a handshake.
And then you get guys that want to say goodbye to their place of work, Newlands Rugby Stadium, with a Super Rugby winner’s medal around their necks.
If you’re a rugby fan, you call those guys the lucky ones.
But Schalk Burger, especially, Vincent Koch, Louis Schreuder, Nic Groom and to a degree bit-part player Jean Kleyn will leave Cape Town feeling rather empty if they can’t help the Stormers to their first Super Rugby title this year.
All of the aforementioned players will leave the Cape franchise at the end of the season and Koch admits that he would like to finish off on the ultimate high.
The tighthead prop explains: “At the beginning of the tournament I set myself goals for the Super Rugby… and I would like to win Super Rugby, not only for me but the team as well.
“I think we deserve it, we worked really hard for it. So I guess for me, personally, there is a bit of motivation in [leaving at the end of the season].”
Schreuder, meanwhile, believes this can be a special year.
He highlights player-management in terms of game time and the exuberance of youth as two of the key factors for the team in 2016.
Schreuder says: “This campaign we’ve been doing our preparation really well.
“I think we’ve managed everyone better than in previous years and I feel we are a more youthful squad, so I think we’re obviously confident now and that could maybe add a lot of value going into quarters.”