I had to move to Lions - Jacobs

2015-01-23 12:36
Lohan Jacobs (Gallo Images)

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 better opportunities.

Jacobs believed that a fresh start was needed after his career stifled at the Bulls.

 The 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 levels.

Now 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 "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 myself.

"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 field."

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 Jacobs.

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