Lions shambles continues unabated

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content on 24 Aug 2012 at 09:24
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As the Golden Lions management apparently met with a delegation from SARU yesterday, aimed at thrashing out ways in which the newly-demoted franchise can be “supported” while excluded from Super Rugby in 2013, a series of fresh blows have rocked the once-proud union.

Earlier in the week, an independent arbitrator found in favour of the Lions erstwhile franchise partners, the Leopard and Pumas, in a long-running dispute over the divvying-up of franchise fees. Apart from yet another very public humiliation for the union, there’s the not insignificant matter of upwards of R5 million that the cash-strapped Lions will need to fork out in order to settle the matter; the last thing that the Golden Lions can really afford given that their balance sheet is far from healthy as it is, after close to a decade of gross financial mismanagement.

Opposition coaches publicly pledging to raid their meagre playing resources has also done little to soften the blow of Super Rugby exclusion, coupled with the associated loss of revenue that the Lions can ill afford.

Today’s latest saga is the admission that scrumhalf Whestley Moolman, an off-season acquisition from the Leopards who has yet to play any meaningful role in Joburg due to injuries, has been handed a final written warning and a suspended sentence for physically assaulting team manager Mustafa Boomgard in the latter’s office. Brenden Nel of SuperSport writes that acting Lions CEO Ruben Moggee has confirmed the incident, but described it as an “internal matter”.

Don’t be too surprised, in other words, to find Moolman (along with his brother, centre Bradley) leading a fairly quick exodus of players away from the stricken union.


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  • Comment 1, posted at 24.08.12 09:39:19 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Ai 🙁

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.08.12 10:04:35 by JarsonX Reply
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  • he should have been dismissed,

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.08.12 10:18:25 by Dunx Reply

  • “Opposition coaches publicly pledging to raid their meagre playing resources……”
    I only know of 1 licking his lips off in public. Who else?

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.08.12 10:33:17 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 4) :

    Maybe if you actually did your homework you would find that AC was told by journalists in a media briefing that Elton has a clause in his contract, etc… and the truth of the matter is that he responded to a question.


  • Comment 5, posted at 24.08.12 11:02:22 by wpw Reply
  • Poor Lions…They will not have a choice but to sell some of their players to ther unions to make the numbers balance.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.08.12 11:05:33 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 6) : And one would think the Lions players would be keen on game time and paychecks as well.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.08.12 11:12:51 by molly Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) : Hey Im just responding to the article, seems Im not the only one that should do some homework. Damn journalists.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.08.12 11:35:52 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) : Honestly don’t know why you’re getting so worked up about that comment? Any coach in his right mind should be keeping an eye out for potential signings at the moment. Even if AC did make the comment of his own admission I still can’t see how it reflects poorly on him?

    If anything, it may eventually reflect poorly on AC if Jantjies is a free agent and the Stormers don’t make him an offer. I reckon he could really shine there.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.08.12 13:08:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : He is having a bad hair day.

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.08.12 13:20:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) :

    I agree. But try telling that to the WP hater Salmonoid. 🙄

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.08.12 13:37:24 by wpw Reply
  • Sharks should make a move on JC!! Quick before Province do. He would look good on the sharks bench in the super 15.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.08.12 13:49:20 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • this is sad

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.08.12 14:18:13 by Letgo Reply
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  • what do you do if you’re a Lions player. Just adopt the Kings as your new team and hope you can beat the Lions in the regulation match… or stay Loyal to the Lions, and if you do, what do you do for the first 7 months of 2013? Get in the best shape of your life? Win the vodacom cup?

    Or do you find another Super Rugby team, where you might get some game time and even find yourself with a permanent contract at one of the teams that can actually compete in the competition?

    I would personally get away from this sinking ship as fast as I possibly could!

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.08.12 14:27:57 by Letgo Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 11) : What does Megs say HTFU. 😛

    @vanmartin (Comment 9) : When you start discussing who you are going to take from the team that you are playing next, as if they are a carcass to pick over then it smacks pf poor taste and desperation. I guess now we know why the WPRU voted to shaft the Lions – they were looking for bargains. 😈

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.08.12 14:57:55 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Would like to see Pat Cilliers move back to the Sharks – but dont think he will with Plum here. 🙁 WPRU need a better coaching brains trust – their players are fine.

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.08.12 15:18:25 by Caratacus Reply


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