Mapoe, Sharks ponder next move

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Sharks on 29 Sep 2010 at 14:04
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Sharksworld was lucky enough to catch up with former Free State winger Jan-Harm van Wyk for a quick chat on the Lionel Mapoe saga. Van Wyk is currently Mapoe’s agent.

The news that judge Corne van Zyl has found in favour of the Cheetahs Union is a blow to Mapoe and the Sharks, for sure. Perhaps even more galling is all the typical nonsense being trotted out by Harold Verster about how the player will be welcomed back to the Cheetahs side “like a lost son”, but I guess that’s to be expected. What is important, according to van Wyk, is the fact that the judge, despite revealing his verdict, has yet to reveal the reasoning behind that call. This information should be made available after 2pm today and the Sharks and Mapoe will want to scrutinise it carefully to decide if there’s any basis on which to launch an appeal.

“Whatever the case, the player has been done in”, reckons van Wyk, “and he is the only loser in this case. I just hope that we can use this situation as a warning to young players not to go into these contract negotiations – and sign contracts – without having somebody with them who knows what’s what”. Van Wyk reveals that, as we had suspected, he was not Mapoe’s representative at the time that the contract was signed. “They got him in there as an 18 or 19-year-old and made him sign this junior contract for 3 years. I only took him onto my books a few months after that and we determined that he hadn’t been made aware of all the facts before signing it”.

Some of the speculation surrounding the figures can be revealed. Mapoe’s junior contract was worth around R5k a month to him. The player and his agent sat down with the Cheetahs last year to try and negotiate a meaningful increase, which the Cheetahs refused. Only since the player left to take up the Sharks’ offer did Free State unilaterally decide to increase his remuneration – they decided to double his salary and simple started paying the new amount into his bank account. Van Wyk is quick to point out that “at no point did Lionel accept a revised wage offer from the Cheetahs. They did that all on their own”. He also confirmed that Robert Ebersohn, a player with similar credentials to Mapoe, is currently earning R740k a year at the Cheetahs.

“The Sharks were the only union that were actually prepared to consider the player’s welfare in all of this – to ensure that he could get a fair deal and earn what he was worth. Nobody else would take this on and fight it on Lionel’s behalf.” Van Wyk maintains that the Sharks have tried to find ways to resolve the dispute, offering the Cheetahs a very generous settlement of around 7 times the player’s current salary, but the Cheetahs have refused to budge and are now simply acting out of spite. “I just want to get Lionel back onto the field now. Surely they must at least let him go to the Commonwealth Games with the sevens squad while we try and sort this all out?”

So, I guess we’ll need to wait and see whether there are any realistic grounds on which to base an appeal. In the meantime, let this serve as a warning to any young player considering furthering his career in Bloemfontein… Don’t let Harold and Naka “do a Mapoe” on you!


  • hope naka and his gang are happy now.they are the 2 most arrogant people in sa rugby. i’m living in bloem and just 2 see these 2 clowns make me sick. how on earth is mapoe going to fit in with the team again. they won’t trust him anymore and the greatest thing in a rugby team is trust. he would be better off with the sharks.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.09.10 14:17:48 by butchboy Reply
  • Great read. Nice to get the inside track on this.

    As we suspected, Harold is a Le Coq Sportif.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.09.10 14:18:44 by Oubaas2009 Reply
  • Interesting but I still think the Sharks should back off here.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.09.10 14:19:38 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : we don’t appear to have too much left to gain here, it must be said.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.09.10 14:24:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • brilliant work rob!!.. now if only jan-harm is afforded the time on any of these stupid sa rugby programs to tell lionel mapoe`s side of the story.. and reveal the true nature of the bunch of cheetah administrators and coaches!!! 👿 👿 👿 …this is truly sad,sad,sad.. 🙁 🙁

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.09.10 14:24:43 by bergshark Reply

  • no,we can`t start this fight and then just let it go!!when you start something ,you must be 100% committed to it!!we must carry-on till the whole truth is revealed and the cheetahs are forced to backdown!!.. like i wrote in an earlier comment:either their arm gets twisted(willingly),or it gets broken!! 👿

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.09.10 14:33:07 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 6) : Are you related to Lionel??….you seem very passionate about the subject.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.09.10 14:36:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 6) : i agree with you there didn’t Cheetahs ask for R15 M to release him so come on Sharks buy him if thats what they want and i also agree let Mapoe tell his side if the story @robdylan (Comment 4) :
    Rob can you get that story for us you got contacts don’t you send your spys for us please :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.09.10 14:44:12 by chaz Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 6) : Do you have something to gain out of this affair with Mapoe, or are you Mapoe? 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.09.10 14:44:47 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 9) : @Pokkel (Comment 7) : :mrgreen: It took me a while to read the thread, should have refreshed first 😳

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.09.10 14:47:16 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : @Jarson (Comment 9) : no,no def not mapoe or related or stand anything to gain,guys..just hate seeing someone `s naievity abused!! 👿

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.09.10 15:01:52 by bergshark Reply

  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 2) : a sporting cockerill?

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.09.10 15:03:55 by lostfish Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 11) : 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.09.10 15:06:17 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Life in Bloem’s going to be hell for poor Mapoe.

    Imagine being forced to live in a dorp and work for a company that you don’t like. If I was the boss at said company I’d have serious reservations about such an employee’s dedication and commitment.

    Seems like Verster and Drotske are too thick to realise that their “victory” means nothing more than a delay of the inevitable.

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.09.10 15:17:05 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Just let him go back to Bloem already. We`ve wasted enough money on him.

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.09.10 15:19:14 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 12) : A real rooster.

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.09.10 15:25:39 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • After reading this i take back what i said in the previous thread..if true ,shocking behaviour by the Cheetahs ..crikey playing next to players that earn more than 735 k more than him.

    not good

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.09.10 15:29:53 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 17) : :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.09.10 15:31:27 by chaz Reply

  • keep jp pietersen..and don`t give up on mapoe..or he should be put in the 7`s squad..and ,if form warrants,get him to train with sb trining squad..erhaps give him a run in a test or two..and if successful,he might become the first bok to play out his provincial contract at the 7`s and/or sb team ..

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.09.10 15:39:08 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 19) : play for your country but somehow always develop some mysterious injury whenever chosen for the cheetahs mob

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.09.10 15:46:57 by bergshark Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 15) : Probably not wasted money, but an investment in the future. The minute Mapoe’s contract runs out he’ll be on Kulula down to KSI.

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.09.10 16:22:07 by rhineshark Reply
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  • The Sharks should consider themselves lucky.

    In any professionally run league in the rest of the world the Sharks would now be facing huge fines.

    On top of that a guy that goes AWOL has no work ethic.
    Unless Mapoe grows up very fast he will stuff up wherever he goes.

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.09.10 17:49:24 by fyndraai Reply
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  • If he signed a 3 year contract when he was 18 or 19, it should be up right about now.

    A little patience and he could have earned the big bucks. Now he has a black mark against his name and his earning potential will be a lot lower until he proves himself of better character.

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.09.10 17:53:17 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 22) : he was nt awol or it was but then they knew where he was and it was nt headed in the books as awol 😆

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.09.10 17:54:02 by chaz Reply

  • Hey guys, I am a huge Shark supporter currently staying in Bloem – which is difficult with the Cheetahs fans (but not as difficult as when I stayed in Pretoria). Being in Bloem and a great rugby supporter I became friends with someone who works for FS Rugby (also and old durbanite). His take on this situation differs hugely from the above article!

    He says that it would be wonderful if EVERYTHING can be put on the table from all sides, as per the court case, and not just the selective and often twisted facts of agent van wyk! i quote from his reaction to the above article:
    “If somebody says R5k when in fact it is R6.7k then you should immediately ask how accurate is the other facts. Lionel’s junior contract was for R80k a year cash plus other benefits. This is a typical junior contract all over SA. The Sharks sometimes say a junior contract is for example R180k, but then this value includes amounts like the value of coaching, etc, which then often means that after all these values is subtracted the player actually only pockets cash to the value of R5k per month.
    At the stage when Lionel Mapoe and Robert Ebersohn was signed. Robert Ebersohn was regarded as a superstar with several huge offers from various unions. At that stage Lionel was simply regarded as a player with potential. To prove this – ask yourself why other unions did not try to contract Lionel then?
    Robert earns a lot of money from this year – Free State negotiated with him that they will be willing to give him a new contract much bigger that his junior contract if he will be willing to extend this contract for another few years. He accepted. This is typically what other unions do as well, including the Sharks. Lionel on the other hand saw much bigger money and was not willing to accept a contract from FS which would have been much more than the junior contract but much less than the sharks contract, which is not affordable to a smaller union. He also decided that he is not willing to wait for the big money from the bigger unions and ignored his current contract and simply walked. No union is obliged to up a current contract just because a player performs, yet FS was willing to do so but of course under certain conditions – we will up it immediately but stay longer. once again the same thing that the sharks and all other provinces also do.
    When Lionel talked to the Bulls they realised that he had a contract and walked away. When he spoke to the Sahrks they immediately tried to find loopholes in the contract. FS took a change with Lionel and a number of oter guys who showed potential. May of the others are a dead loss but still get paid, as would Lionel if he did not perform. Now it turned out that he was a good signing – some you win some you loose…
    Just a thought, with the money being put into Sharks players, there should have been more cups – maybe the unethical and unprofessional dealings with players while still under contract at other unions is an indication of the loyalty and respect bread under the rugby authorities in durban…”

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.09.10 17:59:31 by sharkbfn Reply

  • AWOL = Absent WithOut Leave

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.09.10 18:00:40 by fyndraai Reply
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  • This is what happen when you have idiots at the bargaining table ,I don,t know who is worse verster ,naka or brian and rudolf .But this judge is also a idiot how can mapoe perform and not get an increase R5000 a month is silly .Rudolf and brian tried this stunt one to many times though

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.09.10 18:01:15 by zvision10 Reply

  • @sharkbfn (Comment 25) : gee i thought that maorne was bad some time but you take the cherry on the cake and i hv to ask one more thing are you new on SW ❓ 😉

    will read it in a moment :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.09.10 18:05:05 by chaz Reply

  • @zvision10 (Comment 27) : maybe we should go and look at his BA 👿

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.09.10 18:05:56 by chaz Reply

  • @sharkbfn (Comment 25) : ok read it 😳 me hubby said about the same but the same thing but why wait for SHARKS to want him 😆 and then all of a sudden the Cheetahs want to give him a 2nd contract gee from R10 G to R15 G and Sharks want to gv him like R1 H Thousand a month and i hope my figures are right would you not want to go for much more 😉

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.09.10 18:18:11 by chaz Reply

  • Sharkbfn… Pull the other one; its got bells on.

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.09.10 18:21:37 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 31) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 29.09.10 18:27:23 by chaz Reply

  • Sharkbfn, who are you trying to kid anyway? Go back to your Cheetahs blog (if you can find one) and entertain them with your muddled thinking.

    The difference between R5k a month and R6.5k a month is so negligible that only a Cheetahs supporter would consider quibbling over it. Fact is, Mapoe is worth somewhere between 5 and 10 times what the Cheetahs are prepared to pay him and they’ve acknowledged that by demanding a R1.5M transfer fee to secure a comparable replacement.

    By the way, why do you refer to the Cheetaas a ‘small union’? They’re one of the big five and have a Super Rugby franchise…

  • Comment 33, posted at 29.09.10 18:47:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : thanks ROB got the K and G muddle up for me a R1000 is 1 Grand 😳 😉

  • Comment 34, posted at 29.09.10 18:53:56 by chaz Reply

  • Chaz, k and g are both abbreviations for a thousand 😉

  • Comment 35, posted at 29.09.10 18:59:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : ok thanks i thought i was saying sth that i don’t understand 😳

  • Comment 36, posted at 29.09.10 19:02:36 by chaz Reply

  • @ Rob (Comment 33)
    Couldn’t have said it better myself Rob.

  • Comment 37, posted at 29.09.10 19:09:19 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 37) : gee we are lucking are you new 2 all these new names :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 29.09.10 19:11:06 by chaz Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 37) : bloody agent! I have no time for that.

  • Comment 39, posted at 29.09.10 19:21:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Chaz (Comment 38)
    I’ve been reading Sharksworld for a while but only registered as a blogger recently.I’m loving it and have loved the Sharks since the days of Waal Bartman (got the spelling wrong)- flank with the big ears.

  • Comment 40, posted at 29.09.10 19:49:16 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 40) : so if i’m to get this one right you are a spy that is what it boils down 2 at the old end 👿
    @robdylan (Comment 39) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 29.09.10 20:05:06 by chaz Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 40) : ok don’t want to give SW a bad name but welcome as a blogger 🙂
    but the spying part we will rip you apart the whole of SW or just get a button push so be i’m not even going to say it (AGENT) if Rob thinks you are one well then we will back him up and if not well then we will follow his steps to say sorry 😳

  • Comment 42, posted at 29.09.10 20:09:14 by chaz Reply

  • Relax chaz! I was calling the other bloke an agent. Wow… That’s really not the sort of welcome we should be giving people – calling them spies and the like!

  • Comment 43, posted at 29.09.10 20:23:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 43) : sorry was acting on the comment 😳 won’t do it again and it was really just a joke ok help a bit wp bulls [email protected]GreatSharksays (Comment 40) : SORRY MY FRIEND 😳 REALLY SORRY BUT WELCOME :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 44, posted at 29.09.10 20:28:05 by chaz Reply

  • Lmimc
    Chaz is Sharksworld’s very own Bouncer!! 😆

  • Comment 45, posted at 29.09.10 20:43:55 by wpw Reply
  • zibbie tiptoes into hiding

  • Comment 46, posted at 29.09.10 21:42:26 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) :

    While you nit-pick the details, please be a bit more exact on when Mapoe signed his contract. Was he 18 or 19? That is a pretty wide range given a 3 year contract. If he was 18 it should have expired already.
    His agent should be very aware of the start and stop dates of the contract. His vagueness is a bit strange.

  • Comment 47, posted at 29.09.10 22:32:01 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Think its old news but just read on news24 that the lions have offered JPP a huge contact. It says in the article that the sharks have 14 days to come up with a counter offer. Perhaps the sharks should concentrate on resigning JPP a bit more and less on Mapoe who it looks like won’t be our player until his contract expires or the cheetahs realise their foolishness in insisting a player play for them when he really doesn’t want to.

  • Comment 48, posted at 29.09.10 23:49:52 by RuckingFun Reply

  • Does anyone know when Mapoe’s contract actually expires?

  • Comment 49, posted at 29.09.10 23:52:08 by RuckingFun Reply

    The point is that Mapoe has a legal contract and he [and the Sharks] should honour it.

  • Comment 50, posted at 30.09.10 06:21:34 by Loosehead Reply

  • @Loosehead (Comment 50) : reasonably predictable comment, but I guess this is the only Cheetahs victory over the Sharks you have to crow about this Currie Cup. Enjoy it 🙂

  • Comment 51, posted at 30.09.10 06:49:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 49) : 31 October 2011

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  • @fyndraai (Comment 47) : I don’t think he was being intentionally vague. It was a friendly chat and I didn’t press him for exact dates on things.

  • Comment 53, posted at 30.09.10 06:50:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : ‘small union’ Maybe he meant ‘small minds’

  • Comment 54, posted at 30.09.10 07:21:54 by Jarson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 51) : OUCH! That really hurts!

  • Comment 55, posted at 30.09.10 07:55:44 by Loosehead Reply

  • @Loosehead (Comment 50) : You Cheeters will be very happy, because you didn’t have money to get him through his injury and rehabilitate him properly. Anyway, now his fitter, stronger, faster…. But i’m pretty sure his not going to be at his best for you twits there in Bloem…… 👿 👿 👿

  • Comment 56, posted at 30.09.10 07:58:28 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @RuckingFun (Comment 48) : Are the Lions then allowed to approach a Sharks player while still under contract ❓ 😕 But the Sharks are not allowed to approach a player in the same situation…. 😕 ❓ ❗

  • Comment 57, posted at 30.09.10 08:00:37 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @RuckingFun (Comment 48) : JP said yesterday he is not going anywhere!

  • Comment 58, posted at 30.09.10 08:16:19 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 58) :

    so did willem alberts end 2009 …

  • Comment 59, posted at 30.09.10 08:53:54 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Players within the last few months of their contract may be approached. It’s a stupid rule anyway

  • Comment 60, posted at 30.09.10 09:01:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 59) : we are talking going from good to worse, not bad to good….apples with apples..

  • Comment 61, posted at 30.09.10 09:13:24 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 58) : You asked him? Well done!

    Did you also confirm with JS the real reason why he`s not moving to Jhb is because of the insurance premiums on his Mustang? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 62, posted at 30.09.10 09:43:14 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 62) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 63, posted at 30.09.10 10:06:17 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 61) :

    all im saying is i wont believe anything until i see his signature either way .. with the lions or with the sharks ..

    would like to see some players joining the revolution at the lions 😈

  • Comment 64, posted at 30.09.10 10:19:07 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 64) : hope for your sake it last! 😆 it’s good to see Lions supporters in a good mood after so many, many years! 😈

  • Comment 65, posted at 30.09.10 10:26:55 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 65) :

    yea we are having fun again at last . my personal feeling is that we have great talent . BUT in super rugby only talent wont get you far . You might win an game here and there but not be a force to recon with .

    If we can add the experience of some players like john smit ( i know he is staying at the sharks but if he did come ) or JPP who have been there and done that , and allow our younger guys to learn from them we will be a great force again in a few years .

  • Comment 66, posted at 30.09.10 10:55:37 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 60) : Why?

  • Comment 67, posted at 30.09.10 11:28:16 by Greg Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 45) : :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 68, posted at 30.09.10 13:16:18 by chaz Reply

  • Stuff it! I say we fight to keep all our players including Mapoe.

  • Comment 69, posted at 30.09.10 15:58:49 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Mapoe is not your player. Pay the transfer fees and then call him your player.His agent just wants more money and dont care about him. Sharks say Cheetahs dont have a valid contract but the court rule otherwise.

  • Comment 70, posted at 30.09.10 19:09:06 by jus123456 Reply

  • We’re the only ones who give a shit about his welfare. That makes him more ours than yours. Why do you think he refuses to leave Durban?

  • Comment 71, posted at 30.09.10 20:11:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 71) : :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 72, posted at 30.09.10 20:14:11 by chaz Reply

  • @jus123456 (Comment 70) : Why would you want to go back to a union who want to pay you less than your market value? A union that lied to you and seems hell bent on destroying your career.

  • Comment 73, posted at 30.09.10 20:31:49 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 73) : well know we are getting s where 😉

  • Comment 74, posted at 30.09.10 20:36:44 by chaz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 71) : He has a contract with the sharks? That’s what would make him yours.

    The only ones who give a shit about his welfare?

    So sharks management are going through all of this just because they feel sorry for him and are concerned about his welfare?

    Interesting angle, that one.

  • Comment 75, posted at 01.10.10 09:05:52 by Greg Reply

  • Lionel Mapoe – The Horse’s Mouth!
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    Finally, we have the story from the horse’s mouth! Mapoe conducted an interview in the latest issue of SA Rugby magazine, and it has revealed just how inefficient the press can be. In cases such as this, you’ve really got to wonder about everything you read in the news, because most of the time, it’s simply journalists trying to make a living – never mind integrity, or trying to find out the truth! Before I reveal what Mapoe said about his ordeal, let’s highlight some interesting facts the press have seemingly missed:

    • SARPA CEO Piet Heymans confirmed that the Cheetahs owe Mapoe R90 000, after his agent (van Wyk) found he was being exploited; he wasn’t being paid the minimum wage according to the collective bargaining agreement – he should have been receiving R10 000 a month, instead of his R5 000.

    • During the Super 14, his salary increased to R27 000 pm for 4 months due to competition regulations.

    • From November 2008 to October 2009, a percentage of Mapoe’s salary R5k pm salary was deducted by the Cheetahs for his SARPA fees. However, SARPA didn’t receive any money for that period. Verster’s response: ‘We’ve dealt with all of that. We’ve paid all the money over to SARPA now.’

    Talking about his salary grievances, Mapoe says: ‘It felt like they didn’t really care about me. I was playing well last year, but being a professional rugby player is not only about 80 minutes on the field. There’s a lot more to it and it’s also about what happens before and after the game. I wasn’t happy off the field. I still motivated myself to play well despite the salary, to prove a point to them, and I didn’t show them that I was unhappy. But I was put off by certain things, like what happened after I had the operation on my shoulder. No one from the team or management came to see me for the three days I was in hospital.’

    Mapoe tried to cancel his contract once he had found out how he’d been duped, and he moved to the Sharks once he thought it had been done. He’s adamant he won’t return to the Cheetahs. ‘They had their chance to keep me, but they didn’t take me seriously. I want to play for the Sharks, not the Cheetahs. I don’t have anything against the team, but I don’t want to be there anymore. The move had been a long time coming. I’d been upset for a while. They didn’t treat me well – you just have to look at my contract to see that. I always thought I’d move one day, but I’m a far better player than what my contract says – my agent couldn’t believe I’d signed it. Jan-Harm said I must just give my best on the field, and he’ll do his best to get me a good contract. We spoke to the Cheetahs when I was still there and they said they’d give me a good one. It didn’t happen. The relationship originally broke down between us when I found out they weren’t paying me the minimum wage. I couldn’t understand why I was getting so much less than all of my team-mates.’

    ‘It was strange for me, I couldn’t work out their reasoning. They didn’t want to pay me what I’m worth, but they didn’t release me and later fought for me in an arbitration case. That was a bad time for me. When Free State won the case, it held me back again, because I had told them I didn’t want to be there.’

    De Villiers left Mapoe out his EOYT plans last year, saying that he didn’t want to make it easy for someone to get into the squad, it now appears he missed his opportunity to test Mapoe at all. Lionel: ‘At the start of last year’s Currie Cup, I didn’t think of the Springboks. But after the season, I was disappointed not to make the squad. I was worried I could have done more. I said 2010 will be the year they can’t leave me out. But everything that’s happened over the past year has knocked me back a bit. But my family, agent, and the Sharks kept me motivated. John Plumtree’s spoken to me virtually every morning and told me to vasbyt, they want me on the field.’

    After being asked about his Australian options, Mapoe replied: ‘I only want to play for the Springboks.’

    Mapoe hasn’t returned to Bloemfontein, even though he was ordered to by 15:00 on Thursday afternoon. I’m not sure what happens next, but this has simply gone on too long now. The Cheetahs, by putting Mapoe on the field, would be compromising the efforts of any other wing that aspires to get some game time. He simply doesn’t want to be there; there is no rational person on this earth that would put Mapoe on the field for the Cheetahs. Maybe if he refused to tackle his opposition, he’d be in breach of contract?

  • Comment 76, posted at 01.10.10 09:14:55 by GreatSharksays Reply


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