Johannesburg - Lions scrumhalf Lohan Jacobs
hopes to make a notable difference for his new team this season.
Jacobs was one of three Bulls players,
along with centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg and wing Sampie Mastriet, who
decided to make the move from Loftus Versfeld to Ellis Park in the search for
Jacobs believed that a fresh start was
needed after his career stifled at the Bulls.
Affies old boy was recognised as one of the top junior players, playing in two
Under-18 Craven Weeks for the Blue Bulls in 2008 and 2009, and making the SA
Schools squad in 2009.
However, after graduating to the Bulls
senior squad, he struggled for a decent opportunity to prove himself at higher
at 23, he hopes to earn more senior opportunities at the Lions.
"The move from the Bulls to the Lions
was a must for my career," Jacobs told MyPlayers.co.za. "I need the
opportunity to show my ability and full potential. At the Bulls, I found myself
stuck as the third-choice scrumhalf, so I hardly had the proper chance to prove
"I believe the situation will be
different at the Lions, where they tend to reward the players who show great
form. The Lions play a great brand of rugby, which is focused on attack. I will
have to adjust from structure play to a style which offers more freedom, but I
am confident I can find that balance."
Jacobs also believes he can add something
new to the Lions game plan.
"I had a brief chat with the coaches
when I made my move, and they believe every player offers something unique to
the table," said Jacobs. "They believe I can offer a great balance
between structured play and attacking play, which was nice to hear. I'm
confident I can play that role in the team, and add something special to the
Boasting a good amount of domestic
experience, Jacobs hopes to play Super Rugby for the Lions this season.
"It's always important to have
short-term and long-term goals as a rugby player," said Jacobs.
"I believe I've achieved most of my
short-term goals at the Bulls, playing in the Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup. I now
want to test myself against the best players in Super Rugby."
Off the field, Jacobs likes to spend his
free time with his girlfriend and family. When he's with friends, he often hits
the golf course at Blue Valley or Zwartkop.
"My family has a farm in Brits, so
whenever we get the chance, we'll spend time there and braai," said
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