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Frustration with Drotske led to Ebersohn leaving

Sias Ebersohn will join the Force after the Currie Cup

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Article Published: Tuesday 29 May 2012|

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Cheetahs flyhalf Sias Ebersohn has revealed that he signed with the Force after becoming frustrated with Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske.

Ebersohn said that he had been given an offer by the Force that he could not turn down after Drotske dropped him.

The Cheetahs fly half told Bloemfontein radio station OFM that he was upset that Drotske dropped him and that the coach should have stuck by his

"I waited a long time for my chance at the Cheetahs and then suddenly (Johan) Goosen was on the scene and when he got injured, I was suddenly replaced by Riaan Smit - in my three years at the franchise I never competed with Riaan for a place and it seems that the chances that other players are given, were never given to me."

"It's sad but at some point you have to look at yourself." he told OFM.

"It isn't in my hands. I am not the coach and it was always Naka's decision. As a player I will always give my best and this move won't influence the way I play. "

"It is disappointing to leave, especially when you realise they aren't interested in you.

"I had high expectations of the season, and things didn't always go as I wanted them to go."

"But there were promises of playing time made that never materialised. Goosen had a good season and I am a player who plays not for money, but rather to enjoy the game. "

"You can never get better unless you are backed and you improve on the field. Luckily this lesson has happened early in my career and I can learn from it"

Ebersohn said that Drotske should have given him more game time and had more faith in him and used the Bulls as an example when Morne Steyn struggled with form.

"Morne has had - by his standards - one of the poorest kicking seasons of his career but he still plays and the team still backs him. "

"I never played enough to get my selfconfidence on a high and without those opportunities, you get rusty, you get "vrot" (stale). You need to play to keep in form."

Ebersohn said that the Force had offered him game time that he was not getting under Drotske.

"The Force approached me and I never spoke to them first. "

"They said they think I am a good player and they want me as their No 1 flyhalf. What player in my position wouldn't grab that opportunity.

"I learnt a lot in my time here, and not just on the field, but life lessons as well, especially from Hawies (Hawies Fourie, Cheetahs backline coach).

"My time here was good but there were many decisions that should have gone my way, many team selections that went against me."

 
 
 
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