WP to target Lions stars?

2012-08-21 07:46

Cape Town - Western Province and Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has hinted that he may look at acquiring some of the Lions' players for next year's Super Rugby competition.

WP take on the Golden Lions in a Currie Cup clash in Johannesburg on Saturday and with the Lions out of the reckoning for next year's Super Rugby, some of their players could be the target of other unions.

The future of star players like Elton Jantjies, Pat Cilliers, Franco van der Merwe, Josh Strauss, JC Janse van Rensburg and Jaco Taute looks uncertain with the Southern Kings taking the Lions' place in the Southern Hemisphere competition.

And Coetzee told Die Burger they might be interested in luring a player or two from the Johannesburg-team.

"Some of the other franchise-teams will look to see if players will be available due to the Lions not playing Super Rugby

"Elton Jantjies is a player who has an exit-clause in his contract if the Lions do not play in the Super-series," he said.

The coach also singled out Jantjies as a danger man for his team on Saturday.

"Elton is an intelligent player and often starts counter-attacks form the back. He normally makes the right decision when he has to decide to run or kick the ball back."

WP on Monday also welcomed the return of Springbok squad discards Juan de Jongh and Siya Kolisi. Both were part of the Bok squad before the Rugby Championship but were not picked to make the trip over to Argentina this week.

The clash at Coca-Cola Park kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday.


  • seanread.crisp - 2012-08-21 08:26

    Get Jantjies, Taute and CIlliers! Those 3 are all under-rated

  • louis.avenant.94 - 2012-08-21 08:30

    Koop asb n paar spelers! Soos hulle nou koop het die Bulle teen volgende jaar Tafelberg ook gekoop so ons kort diepte! Jaco Taute + Josh Strauss! Johan Goosen is ook n goeie nr.10!

      jaco.d.villiers.1 - 2012-08-21 12:59


  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-08-21 08:31

    Die Bulle,Stormers, Sharks en Cheetahs moet al die spelers n kontrakteer vir 2013, sodat hulle nie na kings toe gaan nie.

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-08-21 08:52

      Kan jy nou Cheeky se mond hoor as hulle baie spelers koop en die uitklop game wen aan die einde van volgende jaar! Kan nie meer met jou saamstem nie! Sal sad wees as van die Lions oorsee moet gaan speel, maar geld praat en hulle moet doen wat vir hulle goed is, maar solank hulle net nie Kings toe gaan nie!

  • terry.burne - 2012-08-21 08:56

    Typical WP - you can't win a trophy, so you are trying to buy one! When you 'buy' all these new players, what are you going to do with the 'stars' you already have - that according to most WP supporters are already the best players in their position in the country and should all be springboks! LOL!!!!

      louis.avenant.94 - 2012-08-21 09:05

      I am assuming your team, possibly sharks don't buy players?

      neutedop.opinie - 2012-08-21 09:30

      Asswipe, 5 of the Lions starting 15 is from Cape Town......

      andre.schutte.319 - 2012-08-21 09:48

      Some people just comment so they can see what reaction they get from other people. Hey Terry?

      press.enter.12 - 2012-08-21 11:39

      @neutedop - those 5 players were all to big to play for the WP - so they had to leave . . . .

  • neutedop.opinie - 2012-08-21 09:21

    The big unions must help the Lions in only signing the players for the Super Rugby. Then those players must be available for the Lions to pick for Currie Cup and play off game.

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-08-21 09:25

    soon I will have lots of free time over weekend, since I won't be watching rugby anymore! I value the Lions above the Boks, already stopped watching the Boks play. and since I only have DSTV for the rugby, going to save lots of money as well, thx SARU :)

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-08-21 09:26

    Josh Strauss, kô' hys toe, die Kaap is leeg sonder djou.

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-08-21 09:31

      Ja, maar hy moet sy baar terug groei eers. Lyk my dit vat hom in elkgeval net twee weke of so.

  • frank.abercrombie.77 - 2012-08-21 09:29

    They have probably already been signed up by the Southern Kings

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-08-21 11:59

    So hou tog op snert praat dat die Bulle die enigste span is wat speler jag!

      johan.arendse.90 - 2012-08-21 12:04

      Dave why is your surname short,does it describe something?Just asking!

      dave.short.102 - 2012-08-21 13:28

      Dankie Blou!!

  • didi.basson - 2012-08-21 12:20

    Vergeet van die Lions spelers. Die WP/Stormers moet sommer nou al vir Schalk Burger se seun wat gister gebore is 'n kontrak aanbied voor die Bulle dit doen.

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-08-21 14:38

      Hulle het heel moontlik klaar, maar hulle wag eers dat die laatjie deur WP Skole en WP Academy gaan.

      andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-08-21 17:32

      Eers kyk of hy nie 'n choker is soos sy pa nie.

      louis.avenant.94 - 2012-08-22 07:54

      Goeie punt, gebruik ons akademie want hulle sin bring niks tot die tafel...

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-08-22 08:25

    ja, no surprise that he would be first and foremost interested in players of "colour"

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