Gagiano joins Lions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby, Vodacom Cup on 15 Mar 2012 at 09:15
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American Eagles number 8 JJ Gagiano, who played for the EP Kings last year, has joined the Lions until the end of the season and will start for his new province’s Vodacom Cup side this weekend.

Capped 14 times at national level, including appearing for the US side at last year’s World Cup, the Cape Town-born Gagiano captained UCT in the Varsity Cup before moving on to higher honours. The Lions have apparently retained his services after he impressed on trial this week, citing a desire to increase their depth at loose forward. Said CEO Ruben Moggee “[depth] was needed, given the duration of Super Rugby. We’ve already witnessed how big a role injuries play. JJ is a physical player and counts among two or three that really stood out for America in the World Cup.”

The Lions have included a number of Super Rugby fringe players in their side to face the Valke, taking advantage of the team’s bye in Round 4. Andries Coetzee, who impressed on debut against the Sharks last week, will start at flyhalf as the Golden Lions seek their first Vodacom Cup win of the campaign. They lost to the Leopards in the opening round.

Golden Lions:

15 James Kamana, 14 Anthony Volminck, 13 Ruan Combrinck, 12 Robert de Bruyn (captain), 11 Michael Killian, 10 Andries Coetzee, 9 Ross CronjΓ©, 8 JJ Gagiano, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Stephan de Wit, 5 Stephan Greeff, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Ruan Dreyer.

Substitutes: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Wiseman Kamanga, 18 Hendrik Roodt, 19 Ruan Lerm, 20 Nico Kruger, 21 Marais Schmidt, 22 Bradley Moolman


  • Who did Roodt make angry ?

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.03.12 09:16:34 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Hoekom Zibbie?

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.03.12 09:20:42 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Dat hy op die bank is . mens sou dink hy sal meer in die begin span wees

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.03.12 09:24:28 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Kamana and Killian quick fall from grace. Wonder if its just to get gametime.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.03.12 09:27:50 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 4) :

    Since The Lions have a bye this weekend im thinking they are getting some game time . But you never know

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.03.12 09:30:36 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 1) :

    I agree.

    Roodt should be playing SR. πŸ™„

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.03.12 09:31:30 by wpw Reply
  • @Zibbie (Comment 5) : They both looked well off the pace against the Sharks so thats probably the case. Cant think of anyone that would replace them in the top side though.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.03.12 09:36:09 by SheldonK Reply

  • Was wondering what’s become of Marutlulle. From bits I saw of him last he looked quite a lively player.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.03.12 09:42:52 by MysticShark Reply
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  • I see on the Lions Facebook page they say nothing has been signed yet . Gagiano has been offered a short term contract for SR but nothing has been signed yet

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.03.12 10:06:49 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 4) : Killian is where he belongs now. An average player in a average competition. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.03.12 10:26:27 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 10) : Im not gonna argue with you on that. Who would his replacement be though? Kamana into starting side and then on the bench?

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.03.12 10:29:51 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Zibbie (Comment 5) :
    I am sure that is the case – Mitchell has said he believes in keeping players match fit and that if they are playing enough at SR level they must play Vodacom cup.
    @wpw (Comment 6) :
    Looks like Roodt has now fallen behind young Paul Willemse in the lock pecking order. Remember that there are two other U20 locks in Ruan Venter and Ruan Botha who are injured but are probably rated ahead of Willemse at the Lions. That said Willemse has impressed me this year. He is a huge guy and he’s getting around hitting rucks etc.
    @MysticShark (Comment 8) :
    He started last week but Martin Bezuidenhout is preferred and needs game time. I do think that he ia relatively small and this counts against him

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.03.12 10:31:55 by steve Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) :

    Agreed . He made lots of tries in the CC last year . Give him a chance .

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.03.12 10:33:31 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : Yup Kamana over both Killian and van Rensburg any day. Would pick Kamana, Mapoe and even Murray on the wing over those 2. But I know Mapoe and Murray are injured.

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.03.12 10:33:43 by Ben Reply
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  • I have to disagree with you ben, Killian was in gr* form last year, even the commentaters hinted that he might be in line for the bok jersey. Our backrow was exceptional last year, they just need to find some form again, you’ll see. But at the moment, he is one of the weaker wings.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.03.12 12:04:50 by Groot Leeu Reply

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  • @Groot Leeu (Comment 15) : Just my opinion mate. I hate dissing players but I’ve never rated Killian or van Rensburg.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.03.12 14:04:56 by Ben Reply
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  • @Groot Leeu (Comment 15) : Our commentators are idiots. So if that is what they said, I will believe in the opposite. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.03.12 14:06:55 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 17) :

    Well you readily agreed with them not so long ago …

    Killian is a good SR player and Van Rensberg is solid on defence but thats it ..we are short a wing its a shame that Chavanga never reached his potential.

    Players have all been included to the VC side to get game time for Roodt he hasnt set the world alight and after the preformance of Coetzer on Sat I doubt he’ll make it back to the squad anytime soon.

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.03.12 15:17:19 by csb Reply

  • @csb (Comment 18) : When did I agree with them?

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.03.12 15:37:21 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 19) :

    u dont rememmber …week 1 the Strauss high tackle ..

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.03.12 15:39:22 by csb Reply

  • @csb (Comment 20) : Maybe you should have read my comments properly or maybe you should go and do so again. I said that IF the commentators are to be believed then the Ref was correct. πŸ™„

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.03.12 15:42:11 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 21) :

    Now now calm yourself ..u argued the point qouting what the comms said ..and Im not into hunting down old threads ..seriously πŸ™„

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.03.12 15:52:02 by csb Reply

  • @csb (Comment 22) : Don’t twist my words then dude. All I said is if the commentators are to be believed. Most of the time they get it wrong but its not impossible for them to get something right once in a while. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.03.12 16:03:16 by Ben Reply
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  • @csb (Comment 22) : And how dare you accuse me of being a f’ing commentator lover!? πŸ˜†

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.03.12 16:11:07 by Ben Reply
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  • @csb (Comment 22) :

    you must have been a debating champion at school !!!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.03.12 16:54:42 by Zibbie Reply
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