Not sure what people mean by the term "competitive." I keep hearing it, here and on DW, but in our league this year everyone was competitive. Newcastle seemed pretty competitive beating us at home. We were a couple a wins away from fourth this year, and a couple away from potential doom at one point, so I will agree that we will be competitive, we have been competitive this year. If you are not competitive then we would not have turned chiefs over. However, I don't feel that we will be in the top two next year, even with the masses of call ups for Sarries, and could easily repeat this season if the injury curse continues. In fact I feel we are likely to be looking for top 6 without any more signings. A couple of years ago we weren't "competetive," I would say a more apposite adjective would be "breathtaking" or "scintillating" and at times downright unstoppable, and more importantly in a league of three. Now we are in a league of ten and I can't see that changing......
Only the deluded believe you can go out and 'buy' a team overnight that suddenly blitzes the rest, so while thats the case, the best you can hope for is to be competitive. 3-11 are competitive, so not sure what your miracle is expected. Maybe mirroring Sale and buying every Springbok available would satisfy?
You are putting words in my mouth there. Not sure why.
Nobody wants us to buy a team overnight.
Wasp fans of 2013-16 saw us recruit Haskell, Cipriani, Willie, Kurtley, Robson, Gopperth, Mullan over a few years and blend them into a very effective unit adding to what we had shopping at both Aldi and M and S. We played fantastic rugby, topped the league and should have had a title. I would not change a minute of it.
I think we are a couple of players short in key positions, not a whole team, South Africans or otherwise.
Numbers 3 to 12 are competitive, I want us to get back to where we were last year, we won't be far off, and miracles are not required to do that, but saying we will be competing is totally meaningless, the twelfth placed team will be doing that.