Is Masimla Stormers’ new golden child?



May 4, 2016
Is Masimla Stormers’ new golden child?

Stormers should focus on Godlen Masimla with Groom's looming departure. CREDIT: Sourced

There is a bit of a recurring theme at the Western Province Rugby Union when it comes to scrumhalves.

On Monday, it was announced that Nic Groom will join Northampton Saints at the end of the current Super Rugby season.

At 26, it looked like Groom was really coming into his own behind the base of the Stormers scrum.

A few weeks back he even made his 50th appearance for the franchise.

For a player who has continually had to fight for his place in the side, one can forgive Groom if he thought his future lay elsewhere after the union signed veteran Jano Vermaak last season.

Vermaak is currently injured, but in his absence Groom has made a strong case for inclusion at least in the wider Springbok training group.

It’s a movie we’ve seen in Cape Town before. Just turn the clock back to the days of Dewaldt Duvenage and Ricky Januarie.

Dewies mostly played second-fiddle to Januarie in his early days as a Stormers player.

And when Januarie left in 2011, it was finally Duvenage’s chance to shine. But he didn’t do it for long and is now in France.

It’s about at this time that the red lights should flicker at the Newlands offices. They need to look after the future.

And with Vermaak still in town for a couple of seasons, now is the time to give a youngster like Godlen Masimla the opportunity to shine at the top level.

But here’s the key: once he does, try to keep him here.

There’s no need for the Stormers to write cheques just yet.

If looking after their youth is such a priority at the union, then Masimla, 23, should be a top priority. And prioritising him means he will have to get some game time at Super Rugby level.

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