Cape Town – Cheeky Watson has lived to fight another day as
president of the Eastern Province Rugby Union.
According to the HeraldLIVE website, a technicality
prevented a planned vote of no confidence in Watson from taking place at the
union’s annual general meeting on Thursday night.
According to officials present, the vote of no confidence
did not take place because some clubs failed to meet constitutional
requirements. Some letters from clubs requesting a vote of no confidence were
nullified with reasons.
However, Watson’s powers may be severely
curtailed after clubs asked for the financially stricken EP Rugby Union to be
placed under SARU administration.
The request will be tabled at SA Rugby’s next board meeting.
Earlier this week it was reported that the balance of power
may be swinging against Watson after claims that several clubs filed a motion
of no confidence in him ahead of Thursday’s annual general meeting.
Under Watson as president, the EP Rugby Union plunged into a
financial crisis last year, with the union unable to pay players’ salaries.
Watson had promised a R200m sponsorship for the Kings but
this failed to materialise, with players forced to accept food vouchers
following the non-payment of salaries.
It led to SARU stepping in to take control of the union’s
Super Rugby franchise, the Southern Kings.
The Kings open their Super Rugby campaign at home against
the Sharks on Saturday (15:00 kick-off).