According to reports doing the rounds, the enigmatic Ebersohn twins, Robert and Sias, seem to be playing the Sharks and Cheetahs off against one another as they ponder their future post Currie Cup. Both players’ current Cheetahs deals expire on 31 October this year.
Sias has been the more vocal of the two, stating that the Cheetahs would always be his first choice, despite his frustration at a lack of gametime. The former Baby Bok flyhalf has battled to get anywhere the Cheetahs Super 14 starting lineup this year and at one stage even found himself behind Lions discard Louis Strydom in the Vodacom Cup pecking order. Centre Robert, clearly the more talented of the pair, has faired somewhat better, but also cites a lack of communication from the Cheetahs’ coaching staff as an issue.
The pair seem reasonably keen to stick together and the Sharks have offered both of them an attractive deal; there’s a time-limit, though and the players’ reluctance to commit to joining the Sharks would appear to be rubbing Rudolf Straeuli up the wrong way. He has apparently told Sias that he needs to accept the offer in front of him as soon as possible, because the Sharks will be looking at other options in the interim. We already know that Steve Meyer (and maybe Andre Pretorius) will be coming in as flyhalf options, while the rumoured signings of Doppies la Grange and Meyer Bosman might make Robert surplus to requirements as well.
It’s all a case of he-said, she-said at this stage, but if I had to put money on it, I’d say that this is all a load of hot air and that the brothers will end up renewing their Cheetahs contracts rather than going anywhere else.Tweet