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Cheetahs & Lions can sleep easy,for now

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 15 Apr 2010 at 07:17
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It seems there will be no push for inclusion in the 2011 Super 15 by the Southern Kings, meaning the Lions and the Cheetahs no longer have to have sleepless nights about their SuperRugby future. Well for the immediate future anyway.

Rugby 365 reports that the Southern Kings have targeted 2012 as the year that they will enter the Super 15 in place of either of the under performing Lions or Cheetahs.

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has been working for some time to get an Eastern Cape franchise introduced to Super rugby.

SARU officials committed themselves to the 2012 deadline at a press conference in east London according to OFM radio.

The Eastern Cape has been a breeding ground for black rugby players for many years and with transformation in mind there has been a big push for the introduction of a new Super Rugby franchise.

The poor campaigns by the Lions and the Cheetahs mean they are the most likely candidates to be replaced by the Southern Kings as South Africa’s fifth team in the Super 15.

Buntu Ondala, president of the Border Rugby Union says: “Our target is to say come 2012 and we will be saying: this is the team that we will be putting forward.”

“But we are in the process of building it so we can say this is our team.”he told the SABC.

There is also speculation regarding promotion-relegation matches being played between the worst placed South African team and the Southern Kings for the participation license into the Super 15.

No matter what the outcome there is likely to be more internal battles within South African rugby as neither the Lions nor the Cheetahs are likely to give up their place in the lucrative Super Rugby competition without a fight.


  • Cheetahs record.
    They have won 14 out of the 60 games they have played. (23%)

    Lions record
    They have won 13 out of the 60 games thay have played. (21%)

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.04.10 08:01:58 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    Why are we calling for the Cheetahs to be dropped all the time when it looks like they have a better record than the Lions? ❓

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.04.10 08:03:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : Because the Lions at least try to address their problems by hiring and firing…the Tjietas, every year the same old loser structure and management.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.04.10 08:08:46 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 3) :

    Maybe it is just me, but I have always had the perception that Cheetahs are the BIG losers and the Lions have been plodding along but have not been worse than the Cheetahs.

    Now looking at the figures though I see a whole different story.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.04.10 08:12:35 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • What about their record as the Cats?? Im pretty sure the Lions were the senior partners back then. Also, the Lions will point to their S10 victory back in 1832. 🙄

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.04.10 08:19:56 by wpw Reply
  • Also I`m sure opposing teams would rather fly to jhb than Bloem. . . or even worse . .. KY :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.04.10 08:53:27 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • A few weeks ago the headline could have included the Sharks.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.04.10 09:07:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :
    We want them to be dropped because without them the Sharks would consistantly have 4 extra log points at the end of the competition.
    They have our number.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.04.10 09:09:16 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • This whole issue has a clear solution.

    The Cats made the Semi’s for 2 years in a row under Laurie Mains in about 2000/2001. Best that these franchises have ever done. (since Super 10 days)

    Combine them again and let the Kings play in 2012.


  • Comment 9, posted at 15.04.10 10:22:24 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • Oubaas is on the money – these two need to be a combined franchise or one of them needs to get lost – quite frankly thats stats presented by KSA in comment one indicate – neither region is capable of producing a team that can compete

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.04.10 10:28:24 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • I wonder how the Reds, Highlanders, and Chiefs compare statistically…..somewhere in the 30 % region would be my guess ?

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.04.10 10:41:25 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • And the spears are going to be more competitive? Give me a break

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.04.10 11:04:15 by Bump Reply

  • @Bump (Comment 12) : No they’ll just have a better excuse for doing badly because it would be a new team that is still ‘building’ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.04.10 11:06:45 by Pokkel Reply
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