Expect Willem Alberts to run out in a Sharks jersey tonight.
Recent reports suggested that Manie Reynecke and the Lions management would not hesitate to go the legal rout in preventing Alberts (and Ludik once fit) to run out for the Sharks.
It has been learnt though that the Lions, also part of some player bickering with the Cheetahs rugby union over JP Joubert, has in fact won their case against their former Cats partners.
Where this might be positive news for the Lions franchise since their primary scrumhalf is struggling with an injury, it might also just have paved the way for Alberts to run out for the Sharks tonight without fear of consequence to the union or himself.
Opinions currently suggests that the grounds on which the Lions won their case, is exactly the grounds in which the Sharks are claiming that they can legally play Alberts.
Christo Ferreira, legal advisor to SA Rugby on policies might now just be forced to intervene on this issue if the Lions decide to go the legal route once Alberts runs out for the Sharks. If this is the case, the Lions seemingly have little grounds to keep the players from playing for their new adopted franchise.
There might be some discussions now behind closed doors to solve this amicably without everyone’s dirty laundry being flaunted in public and in the press.
Expect Alberts to make his debut for the Sharks tonight and expect nothing to come from the threats from the Lions as reported in the media yesterday.
SA Rugby now being forced to intervene might finally put an end to all this where both unions can get their dues and kiss and make up, and we can simply enjoy the rugby.Tweet