Mapoe gets Bok blocked

2010-09-22 19:04

Bloemfontein - Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu requested the use of rogue winger Lionel Mapoe for the upcoming Commonwealth Sevens tournament, but was refused by the Free State Rugby Union. can reveal that Treu had accredited Mapoe on request of his agent and the national selectors to be part of the South African team for the tournament in New Delhi, India, but the request was turned down by the Cheetahs.

Mapoe has been in a contractual dispute with the Cheetahs for six months now, and will head to the High Court in Bloemfontein on Thursday after he hasn’t returned to the city since losing the arbitration case in his favour.

Treu confirmed the request, saying he didn’t want to get involved in the dispute, but was looking to help the player get some playing time while he was in limbo. Mapoe is a Sevens Springbok and knows both the structures and game plan of the Sevens squad, and would have been a welcome boost to South Africa’s hopes of getting a medal at the Commonwealth Games.

“I just thought it would be the ideal chance for him to get some time on the field, which is valuable for a player like him who hasn’t played for some months. Naturally it would also have aided us in our quest for a medal in the competition,” Treu told “I have to say that I am disappointed, not only for ourselves but also for Lionel, who needs to put this behind him and get back onto the field again.”

Mapoe lost the arbitration dispute almost two months ago, but has still been training in Durban with the Sharks since declaring his contract with the Cheetahs invalid. The Cheetahs are disputing this and have asked for a court interdict to compel Mapoe to head back to Bloemfontein and join up with his former province.


  • Ted - 2010-09-22 20:25

    This is a sad state of affairs. Thank goodness this isn't WP denying him game time, otherwise the bulls noise makers would have had a field day.

  • Brendan - 2010-09-22 20:36

    I'm sure someone's going to moan, and accuse the Cheetah's of being selfish, unpatriotic etc, but seriously, the guy is contracted to the Cheetahs and just decides not to play, breach of contract isn't it? I mean, more than likely the Cheetahs would have been selecting the guy for their Currie Cup team, but for him running off - So why should they let him play anywhere?

  • Joe - 2010-09-22 21:24

    Yeah and Verster wants to block Basson from going to the Bulls. Selfish idiot who underpaid mapoe

  • mike - 2010-09-23 00:58

    Actually agree with the Cheetahs on this one. Mapoe leaving was a breach of contract and he needs to man up and return to the Cheetahs and get on with playing rugby. There's a line between doing things right and just acting like a spoilt child. Grow up Mapoe and honour your contract.

  • Emile - 2010-09-23 01:54

    Cheetahs is pathetic! No wonder nobody wants to play for them. Very sad state of affairs. The way the Sharks approached him is actually just as pathetic.

  • YoMama - 2010-09-23 02:31

    I say let him go. Trying to keep him in Bloem is counterproductive. If you don't want to play for us, then we don't you. A judge worth his salt would grant Mapoe right to leave for Durban but then fine the Sharks about 5 million rand per year. Screw the pillagers.

  • Brendan - 2010-09-23 05:45

    Another thing most Cheetah-haters forget; noone put a gun to Mapoe's head when he signed this contract that everyone now says is 'unfair'...

  • Basil - 2010-09-23 07:01

    Another example of our Provinces thinking they are more important than the national teams! Sure Mapoe is in the wrong with the Cheetahs but the Cheetahs should see the bigger picture.

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2010-09-23 07:26

    I believe the Sharks should step in and pay a transfer fee to settle things. The Cheetahs are paying their players 1/3 of what other unions are paying. If I was in the cheetahs management I would also get frustrated but this is a business. Employees will come and go unless you can put more on the table. On Monday I read that the Bulls are paying a transfer fee for Basson, Now their is a storm bruing. How come it is always with the Cheetahs?

  • georgemichael - 2010-09-23 07:37

    Cheetahs were ripping this guy off . they got him at extra-cheap price when he was starting out and naive and then they milked it. thats probably why he won't even set his foot in Bloem

  • Money - 2010-09-23 07:40

    Mapoe is earning tons more money by simply training with the Sharks than he will ever make by putting his whole being on the line for those amateurs from the tjietas. They had him on a junior contract, grossly underpaid him and now wants to block him from even representing the country. They need to get their attitude towards their players right and actually pay them what they are worth.

  • Herman - 2010-09-23 07:45

    @Joe - Nobody forced him to sign that contract. He did it all by himself...

  • Craig - 2010-09-23 07:45

    Hey guys just a thought.Is Springbok rugby not supposed to be bigger than any silly stupid dispute between 2 unions.I agree with the Cheetahs not allowing him to play for the Sharks until the contractual dispute is finalised, however not to allow him to play for the Springbok sevens is rather silly.Are we not supposed to send our strongest possible Springbok side to these tournaments?Another thing he does not want to play for the Cheetahs any more which means his heart is not in it,so why do they not come to an agreement with the Sharks and the player to resolve this.

  • zim - 2010-09-23 08:02

    Where is SARU? They should just call up Lionel. None of the unions will benefit if he plays for the country.

  • Rob - 2010-09-23 08:18

    Neewat Mapoe, geen simpatie met jou nie! Lekker, hoe langer hulle jou van die veld hou hoe beter. Jy is 'n mannetjie wat net geld jaag en dink die stert kan die hond rond swaai. Stem 100% saam met Verster (al hoe ekook nie van die poepol nie). Dink ook nie hy is die geld werd wat almal nou skielik aan hom wil bestee nie. Nog nêrens hom self bewys nie. Ek meen hoeveel curriebeker en super 14 games het hy al gespeel??

  • Stef - 2010-09-23 08:42

    This issue is actually straight forward. If you have a contract, honour it. Mapoe did sign his contract and accepted all the conditions of it. When he arrived at the Cheetahs he was a nobody, then the they developed him into a star, an all of a sudden he wants his contact cancelled, and guess what, the Sharks arrive on the scene and shows no respect for Mapoe's contract. Then the Sharks want to jump on their moral high and declares to rescue Mapoe from his dismal contact. If you sell your house to Bob, and Mike comes along and offer you 10c more then you can't cancel your deal with Bob, regardless of whether you and Mike think you're being ripped off.

  • Qminati - 2010-09-23 09:57

    Stay at the Sharks Lionel...if those punks want to pay you peanuts, they should rather go in hunt for a monkey!!! For the record: Mapoe is being R100k per annum, whilst Eberhson is getting paid R700k...two players in the same category of contract according to the Cheetahs. How do they explain paying Eberhson 7 times what they're paying you when you guys are in the same category in terms of their contracts? Also, how can they demand a R1.5m transfer fee when they're paying the guy R100k per annum? Doesn't make sense at all. They have been exploiting Mapoe and this is just an attempt to save face. The writer of this article also needs to wake information is given here to create the impression that the player in question is a 'rougue'. In fact, he's already called him that.

  • D the M - 2010-09-23 10:39

    @ Sh@arks Fever, the sharks offered a transfer fee of 800k, which is more than 3 times the value of his remianing contract. The cheetahs turned it down, becuase "finding a replacement would cost 1.5million". If they think a replacement is goging to cost 1.5million, then clearly Mapoe is worth 1.5million, not the 10k a month he receives - why would he want to stay at a union who is paying him a tenth of what the sharks will pay him - thats exploitation in my book

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2010-09-23 11:26

    Reading D and M and QMinati's comments I cannot believe that the guy earns R100K per season. This guy is so talented and himself and Aplon are the bok wingers for the future. I wonder what Juan Smith earns? And I am not saying he doesen't deserve it but my point is pay the people what they are worth.

  • Cheetah2 - 2010-09-23 12:12

    I feel for Mapoe, but it is important for him to understand what a "legal contract" mean - benefits and responsibilities. He did NOT sign the contract with a gun against his head. If he is now unhappy with his salary (pay) too bad he can't blame his employer. For the Sharks to support him knowing he has a legal contract with the Cheetahs is shocking. They should - as a senior union - set the example to a young player the responsibility of honoring the contract. What a mess created by "adults"!

  • Andre - 2010-09-23 12:31

    Why are all the other provinces able to legally purchase or buy out players but the Sharks always need to go about it illegally or underhandedly…ethically this province is a disgrace… Every year there is a court case or two that involves the Sharks… And on Lionel…you are nowhere near a Jacques Fourie for example and he played out his contract at the Lions…you need to learn some professionalism…

  • Rugga - 2010-09-27 12:22

    Mapoe is just chasing the money - Clearly there is no love for the game! Otherwise he would have played out his contract for the Cheetahs. He will probably go overseas in a years time, more money and good for SA, he can take the rose brothers with.

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