Rumours 'disrupting' Lions

2012-09-04 08:03

Cape Town - Golden Lions interim coach Johan Ackermann says ongoing reports and rumours about players leaving the union after the Currie Cup are disrupting their campaign.

The defending champions suffered a shock 42-32 home loss to Griquas last week, with the build-up to that game overshadowed by post-season player movements.

Jacobie Adriaanse (Llanelli Scarlets), Caylib Oosthuizen (Cheetahs), Paul Willemse (Bulls) and Ruan Botha (WP) all announced last week they will be leaving the Johannesburg-based team after the Currie Cup.

Then there was also the rumour about Josh Strauss moving to the Crusaders, which broke last Friday just hours before the Griquas match.

“I’m worried about it,” Ackermann told Beeld. “I told the guys you can’t play if you’re not committed. If they can’t handle it they have to be very honest with me so that the players who want to play in the Currie Cup can play.

There are also rumours about flyhalf Elton Jantjies possibly moving to Western Province and the coach admits it’s becoming annoying.

“Unfortunately there are rumours going around at present - some of it is true and some not. A player has family and friends who read it (media rumours) and then call them. So instead of relaxing at home he now suddenly has to answer 100 messages.”

The SA Rugby Union last month confirmed that the Southern Kings would play in the Super Rugby competition at the expense of the Lions next year - which brought about all the uncertainty regarding the future of their players.

The Lions head to Pretoria this weekend for a clash against the Blue Bulls on Saturday.


  • nkwe.mahlanghu - 2012-09-04 08:15

    Ja I heard that Isak Visser is the main source of all the rumours. His boss should cancel his internet and cellphone access

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-09-04 08:18

    GO LIONS!!! Keep the cup in JHB!!

  • dakey.ras.73 - 2012-09-04 08:27

    That's what it feels like guys. Try build a side that can compete in the curry cup/super 15 when every other province buys your players only to to warm their bench (Jano Vermaak). Eastern Province has had this issue for the last decade. Time for SARU to step up.

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-09-04 08:42

      The Kings and E.P rugby did that by not performing. They were in the original Super rugby competition and failed to win a game. And there form in the Currie Cup dwindled that's why they don't have money. Not because they were hard done by.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-05 07:04

      @Dakeyras. Free State does that every year. And still they managed to win the CC and be competitive.

  • bergie.sean - 2012-09-04 08:37

    Close the lions down and make ellis park a giant flea market.

      nkwe.mahlanghu - 2012-09-04 08:52

      Go suck on tik and grass you Flat Mountain dweller

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-09-04 09:39

      Ooooo, so hy is suurgat omdat sy leeutjies nie Super15 gaan speel nie, en teen die Griekwas verloop het!! Shame man!

      louis.bensch.31 - 2012-09-05 08:58

      Ook maar net jaloers op die Leeus, dis nog lank nie verby nie, hierdie stront oor die ep queens gaan nog al die ander rugby unies in die g@t kom byt, dan moet julle nie moan nie, go lions!!

      Phil.Kleynhans - 2012-09-05 22:22

      I dont think you got any respect for rugby

  • margie.swanepoel - 2012-09-04 09:13

    Johan, my heart goes out to the players. But - point no 1, they are big, big boys in a big world. They are professionals, and that means that whatever happens when they run onto that field, everything else is left behind and they give 80 - 90 minutes of their best. Point no 2 - maybe the GLRU should look at "renting" them out for next year's S15 season (to any team EXCEPT the Kings), so that they still get playtime and valuable experience. The overseas teams might be ideal, they would be getting experience that they can bring back to the Lions the next season (and for the next Currie Cup season).

      koos.vanderwalt.35 - 2012-09-04 09:26

      Excellent Thinking.Rent them out and ensure fitter players with a vast improvement in experience at the higher levels.However,we have to remember these guys are professionals and earn their oats by playing the game.So should they opt to accept offers from elsewhere....WHY NOT????? Charity begins at home.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-04 10:42

      Problem now days is this 'rent to own' crp

      cobus.fenwick - 2012-09-06 20:14

      Jou naam en my van is AMPER dieselfde gespel. Dis waar die verskil inkom. Erens moet 'n streep getrek word. Dit is nie die eerste jaar dat die Lions hulle g.. gesien het in Super 15 nie. Die spelers het mos keuses vir wie hulle wil speel. Waarom aanbly by die Lions (want die geld was baie goed). Korttermyn beplanning!!!!! Waar gaan die "Support" heen met "renting" of is dit die kleur van die trui wat ons support, of die naam van die span???, lagwekkend. Nou sien ek koos.vdwalt35 se jy het excellent gedink, sorry, dan geld dit vir hom ook. ps. Wie gaan so gretig wees om spelers te koop vd span wat so swak gevaar het, die Watsons dalk, mind you, wat maak dit saak, ons like mos nou die trui!

  • gavin.wrensch - 2012-09-04 15:16

    Seeing that the Lions have been booted from Super Rugby, hopefully WP will plunder the Lions camp like the Guppies 'steal' from the Cheetahs. I'd like to see Pat Cilliers, Michael Rhodes, Warren Whiteley, Elton Jantjies, Jaco Taute and Alwyn Hollenbach poached, these players would improve the Stormers and WP title aspirations dramatically.

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-09-04 18:12


      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-05 07:06

      @gavin. I don't understand. The Stormers, who finished on top of the log should now fill itself with half the team who finished bottom of the log and got kicked out? Sorry it doesn't make sense to me.

      gavin.wrensch - 2012-09-07 07:53

      @Chrisin, every Regional team in SA would want these players. Take these players and put them in the WP / Stormers not only will we improve even more defensively but we will have massive attacking players. Watch what these players do individually and judge them on what they could do in a structured team like WP / Stormers. Granted Michael Rhodes is from the Sharks but given another opportunity they wouldn't have let him go. Pat Cilliers has been outstanding in a losing team, Elton would be a long term replacement when Peter grant go to Japan during the CC. Jaco Taute, if not for injury would be the Bok long term solution at fullback, Alwyn Hollenback can cover centre and wing. Now that the Boks don't play CC anymore, these players would flourish and become even better. OR here's a negative opinion, Robbie Fleck would train their natural talents out of them.......

  • george.thysse - 2012-09-05 11:12

    Johan, these guys you mention that has signed for other teams are still part and parcel of the Golden Lions team. If they can help you to win the Currie cup a second year in a row, then use these guys. I am sure they will not jeopardise their future by playing bad games. A bad game for any player is a true relection of himself which will be remembered long after the game. Let Ruan, Caylib, Paul and Jacobie play if they are match fit and let them help you win the Currie Cup again. Do not play your top guys out of place just because you think these guys that signed for other teams are not committed.

  • Phil.Kleynhans - 2012-09-05 22:18

    Caused by SARU - Pathetic. But what can you with a bunch morons in charge. They are causing more chaos in SA rugby because of their Ill fitting decisions SA rugby is going to loose a lot of support

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