Mapoe: Sharks or Cheetahs?

2010-08-03 22:30

Hendrik Cronjé

Bloemfontein – Sevens Springbok Lionel Mapoe will be able to play Currie Cup rugby again this month.

The big question of whether he will run out for Free State or the Sharks will be answered on Thursday when the outcome of the arbitration case is expected to be announced.

Mapoe already joined the Sharks at the beginning of the Currie Cup, but is not allowed to be selected by coach John Plumtree as Free State claim that he still has a valid contract with them.

Free State therefore did not want to issue a clearance certificate for Mapoe to be able to play following minor shoulder surgery.

Free State president Harold Verster confirmed that Mapoe would be able to play Currie Cup rugby again after Thursday.

He added that Free State would accept the outcome of the arbitration. “We believe we will win.”

Coach Naka Drotské will be very interested in the outcome as he has not questioned Mapoe’s loyalty.


  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-08-04 07:40

    He'll play for WP!!! Dit bly ELKE springbok rugby speler se GROOTSTE DROOM om vir WP te speel!! WP groete!

  • ockert - 2010-08-04 07:49

    Typical of the bigger provinces - always "Buying" any talent developed by the smaller provinces - there should be a "Cooling-off" clause in all contracts thast the player negotiated for should play one extra year for his developing province - with the buying province paying him his new salary ?

  • Koos Kaap - 2010-08-04 07:58

    Naka, ek stem 100% saam - daar is geen twyfel oor Mapoe se lojaliteit nie. Hy het geen lojaliteit teenoor die Vrystaat nie en het reeds besluit "V*k hulle". As 'n ou nie lojaliteit teenoor sy provinsie het nie, laat hom gaan. As hy bly gaan hy net meer kwaad as goed doen.

  • Jor - 2010-08-04 09:16

    How has he not questioned Mapoe's loyalty? I think he is the most disloyal a$$ in rugby today. But FS will be fine without him. I have no problem with players moving on when their contract expires. I hope they do well like Flip vd Merwe. He is the man. But Mapoe has no honour and is not fit to play for a team with guts. The only team in SA that he will fit into is the Sharks. Go cheetahs!!

  • Cilliers - 2010-08-04 10:31

    Rugby is vir hierdie manne hul brood en botter. Wie is julle om te se vir wie die man mag speel! As ek 'n werk kry met meer geld sal ek nie eers twee keer dink om te skyf nie.

  • So Funny - 2010-08-04 10:45

    Shame it seems that Free State B needs some additional Free State Players seeing that the old Grey College Boys Club is not shining at all. Sad that the Cheetahs again loses player and SA Rugby does nothing to help the non Big Money Unions to keep the talent that they develop. What is worse is the "smaller" union is SA is still one of the top Four in this country??? At least the Lions is safe because nobody want their useless lot, thanks to Dick and Kie

  • Blue Jake - 2010-08-04 12:03

    @Cilliers. Niemand wil sê waar die ouens moet speel nie jou idioot. Dis n kwessie van kontrakte eerbiedig. @Jor. He is not the most disloyal player in rugby today. You can add Fourie, Alberts and Ludick to the list as well.

  • Jacques - 2010-08-04 12:59

    Cilliers, jy het seker nie jou eie bedryf nie. Wanneer sekere spelers beseer raak spandeer die unies geld op hulle al speel hulle nie. Dit is hoekom kontrakte daar is. As hy so dom was om 3-4jaar te teken sonder sekere eskalasie klosules dan moet hy maar sy tyd uitdien en dan meer geld soek.

  • Joe - 2010-08-04 13:37

    Last year when the stormers started with negotiations with Habana i intimated that a better buy would be Mapoe or Basson. A bargain price and oodles of talent. I think the Cheetahs screwed him over on salary and he was miffed with that and decided to leave. Cant blame the guy if you're being paid way under what you're worth and no corrective measures by your employer is made. Thats exploitation.

  • CowBoyJ@ck - 2010-08-04 13:43

    He should stay at the Cheetahs, there is no space for him in the Sharks line up anyway.... As far as Drotske's theory about his loyalty... he would not have tried to leave if he was loyal. I agree with Blue Jake, there are more disloyal players than him. @Jor.... You have serious issues man... how is flip van der merwe relevant to this article?? If Mapoe has a valid contract at the Free state, he should stay there. personally, i think that will be better for the players future.

  • @BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-08-04 15:31

    Copycat !

  • Uncle - 2010-08-04 15:53

    Agree totally with Koos Kaap, if a player is as fickle as Mapoe, it's best to let him go, and find someone who wants to play for the shirt. @ Cilliers: If someone has a valid contract with a union, that means they have willingly committed to represent that union until the contract runs out. Totally disgusting behaviour by Mapoe, his agent, and especially the SHARKS, who now have a long record of basically laughing off things such as rules, contracts and honour. Also consider how much time, effort, expertise and money Free State put into developing Mapoe from U/16 level all the way to the top, he has repaid them for turning him into a top class player by spitting in their faces. Nice one Lionel.

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