Ebersohn's quitting confirmed

2012-05-29 13:03

Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has confirmed reports that flyhalf Sias Ebersohn will be departing the Bloemfontein franchise, having signed a two-year contract with Australian Super Rugby team, the Western Force.

"Following extensive negotiations with Sias Ebersohn's agent Gerrie Swart, both the Free State Cheetahs Union and I have decided to free Sias from his contract in 2013," said Drotské, according to the official Free State Cheetahs blog.

Drotské went on to say that "Sias feels he'd like more exposure to rugby at the highest level and the opportunity the Western Force is offering him will be a step in the right direction for him as a player in order to achieve those goals. We didn't wish to stand in his way and thus have released him from his contract next year. We wish him all the best for his future and thank him for the role he played at the Cheetahs."

Ebersohn will join the Force after this year's Absa Currie Cup.

Ebersohn has filled in at flyhalf for the Cheetahs this Super Rugby season following the shoulder injury to regular No 10 Johan Goosen.

The Cheetahs have already lost the services of locks Izak van der Merwe and George Earle to Edinburgh and Llanelli respectively, while prop WP Nel (also Edinburgh) and loose forward Ashley Johnson (London Wasps) will also leave the franchise after this year's Super Rugby tournament.

The Force previously had former Lions and Springbok pivot Andre Pretorius on their books.



  • Ruan - 2012-05-29 13:08

    The Cheetahs are leaking players by the kilo litres!!! Sias is prob not the most valuable but still, its another player lost!!

      Benn - 2012-05-29 13:32

      This is a problem for all SA teams. The Rand cannot compete with first world currencies, and its going to get a lot worse.The only thing keeping the Rand relatively "strong" is an international sympathy for "emerging" markets, but that can change overnight and probably will.It has the potential to destroy SA rugby(and other pro sport) where you will only see players at entry level without a proven track record. Dont fool yoursel by thinking its a Cheetah problem. And Sias, after Goosen, is the most talented FH in SA, despite the present struggle he is going through

      Geoff - 2012-05-29 14:05

      I think I am right when I say the Ebersohn twins turned down a chance to go to the Sharks a year or so back - before Michelak and Whitehead, etc.. Bad move by the looks of things but I would think The Force is a better option than the third/fourth fly half option at The Cheetahs/Lions next year!!!!

      arraz911t - 2012-05-29 14:24

      @benn , I agree Sias is probably the 2nd most talented fly half in SA. I've followed his career from when he played craven week , where he got my attention slotting a 60 odd meter penalty. He had a great season last year but Goosen is just better and not enough game time does influence players badly. Good Luck Sias.

      René - 2012-05-29 14:59

      Geez, one would think it is the Cheetahs being relegated and not the Lions, this must be the 5th player in one month leaving.

  • Timothy - 2012-05-29 13:11

    f**k off and dont ever come back you bloody traitor. Arent you the idiot that missed the conversion infront of the post against the Highlanders. I hope you rot on the bench at the Force just like Sarel is rotting on the bench at the Warraths.

      Timothy - 2012-05-29 13:18

      Im sorry but I value loyalty more than money and it is not like he was playing for free at the cheetahs. Change teams within South Africa fine, but he sold his sole to the devil when he signed that contract. Traitor!

      Nico - 2012-05-29 13:22

      @Tim, must admit, you are one of the few guys I know of that won't then move to another country if they offer you more money than you could ever make in SA and a better lifestyle. I'm impress, as for me, and most other professionals, we'll be on the first flight out, a job is a job :)

      Mike - 2012-05-29 13:24

      Tim - These guys only have a limited time to make enough money to set them up for life. So they will always follow the money the same as a person in any career

      Trokkie - 2012-05-29 13:28

      can someone please bring TimTheTanker his tampon?

      Benn - 2012-05-29 13:35

      Tim the plonker, perhaps more appropriate. Very, few who HAVE THE OPTION, will stay in SA. It applies to sport and career. Its not IF SA is in decline- the process is in an advanced stage.

      Timothy - 2012-05-29 13:37

      If you choose rugby as your profession you have a certain responsibility towards your team and fans. You stick with them and remain loyal to them. Im sorry Nico but it is silly to compare rugby with a business career as they are two completely different paths. At the rate things are going now rugby is going down the exact same path as football where clowns like i dont know say Christiano Ronaldo dont care for which team they are playing just aslong as they get the next paycheck.

      Sean - 2012-05-29 13:55

      Tim, look at his options. He is the #2 flyhalf at the Cheetahs, won't make the Bok squad either. His options are to move to the Bulls (be #2 to Morne), go to the Sharks (be #3 to Pat and Frenchie), go to the Stormers (be #2 to Grant), or go to the Kings! I'd also take the Force contract instead of this option. He is young enough to play in Aus, and qualify for the Wallabies in a few years time. Wish the guy luck, not ill fortune.

      hanjo.overes - 2012-05-29 13:55

      You're right Tim, it is silly to compare Rugby wit any other profession, if rugby is your chosen profession, you have so much more reason to take up the best offers. earn big money while you're still at your best, seeing that backline players are usually nearing retirement when they reach the 30yr mark while forwards can usually last a little longer, lets say 35(for arguments sake) , after that players are forced to go into commentating, coaching or find a job like a regular Joe, often with very limited or no experience in that field. - so they usually rely on investing the money they make while playing to create sustainable income through investments. - if you are in such a high risk situation, (where an injury could end your career on any given day) you would also jump at the opportunity to earn a better salary.

      Hannes Truter - 2012-05-29 13:57

      Tim Robin missed for BM twice in final, as did Beckham, Ronaldo, Thierry and the likes....this will always happen with good players in vital positions!! Sure that is something you've only experience on your playstation????

      hanjo.overes - 2012-05-29 13:58

      # 3 at the Cheetahs Sean, Riaan Smit has been preferred ahead of Sias while Goosen has been injured.

      Geoff - 2012-05-29 14:06

      Who did you ever play for that was prepared to pay you money to play?

      Koos - 2012-05-29 16:45

      I'm loyal to pick and pay but that doesn't pay the bill.

      Eugene - 2012-05-29 18:50

      Tim the Wanker.

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-05-29 13:32

    On current performances this is no greatr loss to the Cheetahs. Bon Voyage and enjoy living in Aus.

  • Blou-Daan - 2012-05-29 13:39

    Ek kan nie help om te wonder of Robert nie maar later dieselfde gaan doen nie. My vrou is een van n tweeling en ek weet hulle kan nie regkom sonder mekaar nie :-)

      Bootman - 2012-05-29 13:49

      Cant help but agree B-D. I think Robert's ommission from the Bok group and his bro packing his bags will have a negative effect on him. Watch his game steadily sad.

      Sean - 2012-05-29 14:02

      How long do they have to be in Australia to qualify for the Wallabies? They are probably to late to make the next World Cup side. This is going to end up like playing England in cricket, the Aussies will stay with their parents when they tour SA!

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-05-29 14:08

    Tim, Robin missed for BM in final as did Beckham, Ronaldo, Thierry and the likes (ok this is soccer) Naas Botha, Johny Wilkenson, Gavin Hastings also missed sitters! This will always happen to special players in vital positions, something you may have experienced while playing sport..... on your playstation perhaps....???

  • hannes.schoeman - 2012-05-29 14:18

    Let him go to Aus. He can only improve as a player and learn different structures. I believe that all young players should go play their trade in other countries to learn different conditions and experience different cultures. They will grow as players the problem is that if they want to qualify to play for another country

  • Wayne - 2012-05-29 14:32

    And so the Free State again gets the players ready for the money hungry franchises to gobble them up. Why are the sponsors not doing there bit!!!

  • Koos - 2012-05-29 14:54

    Baie goeie besluit. Die Force het 'n goeie no 10 nodig. Ek het gedink Derek Hougaard sou dalk belang gestel het.

  • Eugene - 2012-05-29 14:57

    Whoop-dee-do. Let him leave, Grey will just churn out another fantastic back to replace him.

  • jay187 - 2012-05-29 15:00

    Looks like the Wallabies will be employing another import soon enough. As a Kiwi this annoys me (think theres now 5 or 6 Kiwis in the Wallabies, add in a Zimbo and Papua New Guinean and you have their best players). The Wallabies make the England team look English !!

      Koos - 2012-05-29 16:43

      Hoeveel kiwis is daar in die kiwi span?

      jay187 - 2012-05-30 08:43

      Huh ? How many Kiwis in the ABs ? I believe there is one born outside of NZ right now... Ben Franks born in Melbourne. His brother (Owen Franks born NZ) also plays for the ABs. NZ dont poach Islanders anymore. This myth is old. In fact NZ (with a population of just over 4 mil) are a rugby factory... with players and coaches all over the world, not just clubs but international teams. Over half the Samoan team is born in NZ.

      John - 2012-05-30 12:44

      He makes a good point...

  • Charl - 2012-05-29 15:05

    Best news of the year, good riddance. Never before has anybody lost so many games for the Cheetahs as Sias in the last 2 years. Can't kick over, can't kick out, cannot catch a ball. The only thing he is good at is kicking posession away and that sucks.

  • Sunshine246 - 2012-05-29 16:57

    Tim...if you want loyalty...then buy a dog...I am a Cheetah supporter through and through...but given the circumstances I think that Sias is making the correct decision and I wish him good luck for the future...

      Anton - 2012-05-29 19:34

      Sias voorspoed ou maat, net die beste wense vir jou. Gaan en maak n groot sukses daarvan, en onthou jy self bepaal jou toekoms. Jy hat al die talent in die wereld, kry joy kop reg en jy sal sien alles gaan net positief uitdraai. Groete uit die Bulls kontrei

  • andre.myburgh - 2012-05-30 11:20

    Sias, You are nothing more than a petulant child. When things don't go your way. You pack your bags and move on. What happend to working for what you want. So you missed a few kicks, you fix the problem and move on. You work to become better. Rugby is a team sport, if someone don't function in a team he gets replaced. If you want back in a team you work at your craft and you prove yourself. It happens to the best of us. And to then turn around to complain about the hand that made you into what you are. Bad form!!. I would do what John Mitchell did to Jano Vermaak. End his contract with immidiate effect.He clearly does not want to be here anymore. I wouldn' even pick him for any representative teams for the Free State.

  • Jody - 2012-05-30 12:22

    Lions wake up , you could be snapping up huge talent which you need. WAKE UP. The twins and players such as Johnson could have been signed.

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