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Ebersohn quits Cheetahs

2012-05-29 10:31

Cape Town - Cheetahs flyhalf Sias Ebersohn has quit the Cheetahs and signed a two-year contract with the Western Force.

According to the RuggaWorld website, the agreement is now before the Australian Rugby Union as they need to approve any foreign developing player contracts under the contracting guidelines.

Twitter reports on Tuesday suggest that Cheetahs CEO Harold Verster and coach Drotské were shocked at the news, having been unaware negotiations with the Australian franchise were taking place.

Ebersohn has filled in at flyhalf for the Cheetahs this Vodacom Super Rugby season following the shoulder injury to regular No 10 Johan Goosen.

The Cheetahs have already lost the services of locks Izak van der Merwe and George Earle to Edinburgh and Llanelli respectively, while prop WP Nel (also Edinburgh) and loose forward Ashley Johnson (London Wasps) will also leave the franchise after this year's Super Rugby tournament.

The Force previously had former Lions and Springbok pivot Andre Pretorius on their books.

 

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Comments
  • Sulaiman - 2012-05-29 10:34

    Congrats Sias you deserve it Freestate always undermine there players.

      Michael - 2012-05-29 10:37

      Give us an example or two to back up ur stupid statement??

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-29 10:54

      Lionel Mapoe is one. A host of them left for the Sharks.

      Jeandré - 2012-05-29 11:16

      It's not about undermining our players bru, we don't have enough money to keep our players, we are SARU's black sheep! That's a fact, why else would they want the EP Kings to play in place for the Cheetahs when it is so clear that we are much better! I'm glad that we are not losing our spot in the Super Rugby as of yet.

      Michael - 2012-05-29 11:19

      Lionel mapoe did the same thing to the sharks a couple of weeks after stating that he felt like part of the sharks family, he signed for the lions in secret i might add.. So he isn't a very good example! As for the other players that left to the sharks.. It was purely financial decisions. Just to add, Frans Steyn's agent was quoted 'he wants to play in Bloemfontein' but as we all know, the cheetahs can't afford him.. So if you don't know what ur talking about, do yourself a favour and comment on things you know something about...

      Sulaiman - 2012-05-29 11:37

      I meant undermine them by giving them contracts and paying them what they worth and don't come about they a small union and all that. They should make airtight contracts and get sponsorship to pay for there players.

      stanley.marries - 2012-05-29 13:03

      damn 119 thumbs downs..don't mess with the Cheetah fans..oh ja..fans,that's all they will be..fans..(waaiers)..hulle waai wanneer die Cheetahs verloor..dis waarom die sitplekke so leeg is by die wedstryde!..if you support your team better,than maybe,just maybe, the moola might stream in!

      Denése - 2012-05-29 13:11

      Jeandré, I'm a Sharks supporter but I have always had a soft spot for the Cheetahs and their supporters. It is so sad that Sias is leaving. Also I'm soooooo glad that Cheetahs are soooo much better than the Kings and that they will not lose their place in Super Rugby. Stormkaap, wake up - Lionel Mapoe did not play one game for the Sharks. It is also true that the Sharks can afford to pay players more than Cheetahs can. Hence the big exodus overseas - many longstanding Cheetahs players - Ashley Johnson comes to mind - have taken contracts overseas - purely for the money I'm sure.

  • steyts - 2012-05-29 10:36

    Good move since he will never be the first choice flyhalf while Goosen is there!! Good luck SIas!!

  • Schalk - 2012-05-29 10:36

    he's not what he used to be so its not a massive loss to SA Rugby

  • RudiPollard - 2012-05-29 10:44

    I wonder if his brother will also leave now? Aren't they a package deal?

  • Johan - 2012-05-29 10:55

    GEEEEES the WESTERN FORCE MUST BE SOOOOOOOO DESPERATE TO SIGN THIS GUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Eugene - 2012-05-29 10:58

    Him and his brother are two of the most overrated players in SA. They've never been truly impressive and Johan Goosen has twice the talent of these two combined. Unless you're playing for the Lions or the Blues, you're making a mistake to go to any Aussie side, especially the Force

      Ettiene - 2012-05-29 11:15

      Second that. Way too much hype about the Ebersohns

  • Craven - 2012-05-29 11:04

    Oom Naka dis nou tyd om na jou jou self te kyk. Jy verloor spelers left right and centre. Hoekom?? miskien het jy n kamp staaldraad mentaliteit. Ek vra maar net. Craven.

      Henk - 2012-05-29 11:14

      Nee Craven ek dink nie so nie. Ouens loop na ander provinsies toe oor geld. Ebersohn het 'n paar weke terug gedreig om te loop omdat hy nie die nr 1 keuse is nie. Dit was die Maandag in die koerant en die Saterdag het hy die beseerde Goosen vervang en opgeneuk! Hy het sedert daardie tyd nooit weer regtig enige briljante spel gelewer wat van spelers op daardie vlak verwag word nie. Jy kan nie dink jy is goed en daarom moet jy in die span wees nie. Jy is in die Super 15 span omdat jy goed is! En daarom was Goosen die nr 1 totdat hy beseer is. Die manier waarop hierdie ding deur Ebersohn hanteer is en dit via 'n webblad by sy base uitkom spreek boekdele van sy persoonlikheid en dit word weerspieel op die veld!

      Lance - 2012-05-29 11:41

      Truth is every game a player plays...could be his last. Money makes the world go around so take as much as you can, while you are in form and healthy. Anyone can call you a traitor to your country or province, provided they are prepared to pay you the money you have been offered elsewhere.

      Henk - 2012-05-29 12:04

      @ dewald, dit is so, en hy het baie ander goeie dinge in die verlede ook al gedoen. En ja ek dink hy het die potensiaal om 'n BRILJANTE speler te wees. Maar op die vlak moet jy konstant presteer en nie net 1 goeie ding so nou en dan in 'n wedstryd doen nie. Ek dink verder hy het hom al by meer as een geleentheid bewys veral in 7's en dat hy 'n "af" tyd beleef. Maar hy moes dit beter hanteer het. Hy moes nie koerante toe gehardloop het met "as die Cheetahs my nie nou as nr 1 ag nie loop ek" houding nie. Hy moes homself op die veld gaan bewys het as nr 1. Ek vermoed nou hy was toe al besig om met die Force te onderhandel. Spelers moet onthou, rugby politiek is siek en as jy eers eenkeer hierdie ding verkeerd gekry het, word dit jou nie maklik in SA vergewe deur rugby administrateurs nie.

  • collinml - 2012-05-29 11:08

    Well i guess it's all about who is willing to pay him more.With rugby players having such a short playing career, he needs to plan financially ahead.Good luck to him, hope it goes better than it did for Andre Pretorius.

  • Pieter - 2012-05-29 11:24

    Dieselfde ding gaan gebeur met die Leeu spelers. As hul nie gaan Super rugby speel nie gaan hulle gaan waar die meeste geld is. Die Kings gaan nie die geld he nie. Elke speler weet hy moet Super rugby speel om vir die Springbokke gekies te word en ek dink nie 'n ou soos Josh Strause gaan 2de keuse speler wil wees nie en eerder 'n span soek waar die geld reg is en hy eerste keuse is. Ek dink nie die Kings gaan kan betaal nie.

      Henk - 2012-05-29 12:26

      Dit is so Pieter, maar jy kan darem nie geld eis vir werk wat jy nie gedoen het nie! Wen wedstryde dan eis jy dat jy jou werk gedoen het! Iets is lelik fout by die Leeus, nou al vir 'n geruime tyd. En daar is 'n ou gesegde wat se die vis vrot van die kop af. En jy kan nie 'n oog vervang, maar die res van die vrot kop los nie.

  • Sean - 2012-05-29 11:27

    I feel for Sias, he seemed to be #1 and then Goosen arrived. Every supporter in the country seems to agree that Goosen is the Bok flyhalf for the future. He is signing for the side that may end up 2nd last this season. They have very little prospects of fixing that in 2013, with players apparently signing and then pulling out of contracts. Wonder if he gave the Kings a thought? Beware of players like this, they seem to save their best when they play the "old team"; could be he kicks the winner two minutes after the hooter against the Cheetahs next year.

  • Stoffel - 2012-05-29 11:50

    I think he's leaving because he feels sorry about all the games he lost for the Cheetahs. The few times I watched him this season he was really bad.

      1amAlan - 2012-05-29 13:11

      How many games did you watch? If you're basing your comment on 1 kick, then it's without basis.

  • 1amAlan - 2012-05-29 13:08

    Ay, Stormers missed a good prospect here.

  • Bomb - 2012-05-29 13:19

    Sias was always at his best when Robert played 12, cause they have such an understanding. I am a Cheetah supporter, and its never nice when players leave. He is in a bit of a rut now, and low on confidence, but he is till young, and I bet over the next couple of years he will turn into a very high quality 10.

  • Gary - 2012-05-29 19:16

    Pity, just unfortunate for him that Goosen arrived. Its called life. But I remember reading an article where Eberson was raving about Goosen, talking about how he would mentor him etc. He didn't react in a mature way to the circumstances, almost seemed to sulk, but he is still a class act and I hope he gets his head right.

  • micheal.moolman - 2012-05-30 05:47

    Maybe he knows something more than we do...next year the Lions merging with the Cheetas in the 2013 Super 15.Who will the first choice flyhalf be, young Mr Janties no doubt? Second choice, young Mr Goosen. Sias is a wonderfully gifted player with a stellar future, the young lad did what's best for his own career.

      1amAlan - 2012-05-30 13:04

      Second choice Goosen?

  • andre.myburgh - 2012-05-30 10:55

    Sias, You are nothing more than a petulant child. When things don't go your way. You pack your bags and move on. What happend to working for what you want. So you missed a few kicks, you fix the problem and move on. You work to become better. Rugby is a team sport, if someone don't function in a team he gets replaced. If you want back in a team you work at your craft and you prove yourself. It happens to the best of us. And to then turn around to complain about the hand that made you into what you are. Bad form!!. I would do what John Mitchell did to Jano Vermaak. End his contract with immidiate effect.He clearly does not want to be here anymore. I wouldn' even pick him for any representative teams for the Free State.

      1amAlan - 2012-05-30 13:04

      Maybe just they made him an offer he couldn't refuse. He needs to look after number 1. Good on you Sias.

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