• 22-05-2019 Q & A with Ruan Vermaak

    Q: What is the TV Programme you can’t miss?

    A: It isn’t a new show, but I love Friends.

    Q: What is your favourite thing about playing for the Lions?

    A: The fact that it’s about more than rugby. We play not to win, but to inspire, and that will always be special.

    Q: Favourite post-match meal?

    A: Biltong and a chocolate steri-stumpie!

    Q: If you hadn’t become a professional rugby player, what would you have been?

    A: I would probably have moved to a coastal town to be a diving instructor.

    Q: If you could swop places with a celebrity for a day, who would it be and why?

    A: Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson – he seems to have fun every day, and I think it would be entertaining to have his experiences for a day.

     

  • 18-05-2019 Vodacom Super Rugby Match Report

    18-May-2019

    Lions tame Highlanders

    A late try by Emirates Lions winger Courtnall Skosan sealed the victory for the Emirates Lions as they downed the Highlanders 38-29 in their Vodacom Super Rugby match at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

    Skosan's try was a thing of beauty as the score was delicately poised at 31-29 in the favour of the home side, but instead of winding down the clock, the Lions launched a stunning attack that drove the stake into the heart of their opponents and eventually denied them a bonus point.

    The Lions make it back-to-back wins and go back into the playoff positions with a solid performance against the Highlanders.

    Drifting outside, Lionel Mapoe looked to be scragged, but shook off Matt Faddes to open the space before unleashing the pace of Aphiwe Dyantyi to blister down the far touchline before the final pass inside to Skosan killed off the Highlanders' challenge and reminded the rest of the competition that the three-time finalists are certainly far from a done deal in the competition.

    The 10-try match was an entertaining affair and credit to the Lions for standing toe to toe with the Highlanders, not backing down when the pace increased and backing themselves to see out a game that could easily have gone against them.

    But the Lions gave as good as they got and a power run by Smith down the sideline and some good work on his inside gave Andries Coetzee the first reply to cross the try line and put his side on the board.

    Leading 14-12 at half time the home side knew they had a battle on their hands but they got an immediate boost early in the second half as they completed 16 phases of attack to win a penalty, and Smith picked up and darted head first to plant the ball on the line.

    The Highlanders hit back through a try by Jordan Hyland before Aaron Smith's brilliance to dart and snatch a loose ball at the back of the ruck, then unleash Faddes down field to score a try that gave the Highlanders the lead once again.

    A penalty by Jantjies got the Lions back into the lead before the Lions scored a scorcher of a try, with the ball travelling between Jantjies, Mapoe, Dyantyi and Shaun Reynolds within a five metre space to open up so the replacement flyhalf could run in to score.

    But then came the Skosan try, which underlined the Lions attacking class, moving them into sixth spot on the log and reminding the rest just how much of an attacking threat they can be.

    Emirates Lions – tries: Andries Coetzee, Kwagga Smith (2), Shaun Reynolds, Courtnall Skosan. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (5). Penalty: Jantjies.

  • 17-05-19 Q & A with Carlu Sadie

    Q: What is your (honest) opinion about Joburg?

    I was a bit nervous heading up here, as everyone said Joburg isn’t really a nice place, but I have been really happy here. So, Joburg has been great!

    Q: If you could play any other positions, what would it be?

    Flanker or 8th man because they can choose to have their head in the scrum or not!

    Q: TV programme you can’t miss?

    I love cars, so I’d say Garage Rehab and Street Outlaws on the History Channel.

    Q: Last movie you watched?

    A Star is Born

    Q: If you could have dinner with anyone famous (dead or alive), who would it be?

    I used to watch a lot of WWE growing up, so I’d love to sit down and have a chat to WWE star, Eddie Guerrero

  • 10-05-19 Smith Schoeman & Co.

    10-May-2019

    Smith Schoeman & Co.

    Smith and Schoeman sounds like a partnership with their names shining in glitter at a big company. In this case, however, Smith and Schoeman are in a partnership on the side of the Emirates Lions scrum and their names are shining bright in rugby circles.

    Kwagga Smith and Marnus Schoeman both weigh in at less than 100 kilograms which is unheard of in modern rugby, but they outweigh much bigger opponents in Vodacom SuperRugby, week after week.

    The more muscular Schoeman fights well above his weight and his blonde hair is apparent close to the ball. Smith, on the other hand, is more the athlete who is a menace on attack, but he too is always in the vicinity of the ball.

     

    Stats

    Together these two have scored 27 tries in just 71 games, with Schoeman scoring eleven tries in 26 outings and Smith 16 in his 45 games in the red and white. Smith scored three tries, made 45 carries and gained 390 meters on attack in 78 runs, beaten eight defenders, made nine clean breaks and 25 passes. He made 86 tackles in 97 attempts.

    Schoeman scored six tries, including a hat-trick against the Jaguares, and made 81 carries and gained 232 meters in 110 runs, has beaten twelve defenders, made eight clean breaks and 42 passes. He made 126 tackles in 135 attempts.

    Smith has one Test match behind his name while Schoeman is the more experienced campaigner who has plied his trade with Griquas and the Pumas before joining the pride. Smith, also a Blitzbok, has played two matches for the British Barbarians and was named Man of the Match against the All Blacks at the end of 2017. Schoeman is a Barbarian as well, representing the SupaBarbarians against the Czech Republic in Prague, a tour that opened the door for him to join the Lions.

  • 09-05-19 Vodacom Super Rugby Team News

    09-May-2019

    Whiteley back to lead

    Warren Whiteley and James Venter will lead the Emirates Lions and Xerox Golden Lions XV when they run out to face the Waratahs and Valke in Vodacom Super Rugby and the Supersport Rugby Challenge respectively at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday

    Also back in action with Whiteley are Malcolm Marx, Courtnall Skosan and Harold Vorster.

    Emirates Lions vs Waratahs (15:05): Andries Coetzee; Courtnall Skosan, Lionel Mapoe, Harold Vorster, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Elton Jantjies, Ross Cronje; Warren Whiteley ©, Vincent Tshituka, Kwagga Smith, Marvin Orie, Stephan Lewies, Carlu Sadie, Malcolm Marx, Sti Sithole. Reserves: Jan-Henning Campher, Dylan Smith, Johannes Jonker, Wilhelm van der Sluys, Marnus Schoeman, Nic Groom, Shaun Reynolds, Tyrone Green

  • 09-05-19 James Venter to captain Xerox Golden Lions XV

    James Venter to lead Xerox Golden Lions XV

  • 02-05-19 SuperSport Rugby Challenge Team News

    02-May-2019

    Xerox Golden Lions XV flanker James Venter has been included in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge team line-up to face the Leopards in Wolmaransstad on Saturday.

    Venter is a prolific try scorer who has bagged 13 tries in 15 outings in the Lions number six jersey. He has two Vodacom Super Rugby caps under his belt.

    Ulric Maritz has been included on the bench as flyhalf Jeanluc Cilliers’ understudy.

    Kennedy Mpeku will cover the fullback berth and together with Madosh Tambwe and Stean Pienaar the threesome can form a formidable back combination.

    Xerox Golden Lions XV: Kennedy Mpeku; Madosh Tambwe, Yanga Hlalu, Eduard Fouché, Stean Pienaar; Jeanluc Cilliers, Bradley Thain; Jo-Hanko de Villiers, Darrien-Lane Landsberg, James Venter, Reinhard Nothnagel, Ruben Schoeman, Keagan Glade, PJ Botha, Danie Mienie ©. Reserves: Tiaan van der Merwe, Leo Kruger, MJ Pelser, Travis Gordon, Jack Hart, Ulrich Maritz, Tyreeq February.

  • 02-05-19 Golden Lions team news

    02-May-2019

    Xerox Golden Lions XV flanker James Venter has been included in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge team line-up to face the Leopards in Wolmaransstad on Saturday.

    Venter is a prolific try scorer who has bagged 13 tries in 15 outings in the Lions number six jersey. He has two Vodacom Super Rugby caps under his belt.

    Ulric Maritz has been included on the bench as flyhalf Jeanluc Cilliers’ understudy.

    Kennedy Mpeku will cover the fullback berth and together with Madosh Tambwe and Stean Pienaar the threesome can form a formidable back combination.

    Xerox Golden Lions XV: Kennedy Mpeku; Madosh Tambwe, Yanga Hlalu, Eduard Fouché, Stean Pienaar; Jeanluc Cilliers, Bradley Thain; Jo-Hanko de Villiers, Darrien-Lane Landsberg, James Venter, Reinhard Nothnagel, Ruben Schoeman, Keagan Glade, PJ Botha, Danie Mienie ©. Reserves: Tiaan van der Merwe, Leo Kruger, MJ Pelser, Travis Gordon, Jack Hart, Ulrich Maritz, Tyreeq February.

  • 02-05-19 Media Statement – Disciplinary Outcome

    Joey Mongalo

    – Disciplinary Outcome

    The Lions Rugby Company has concluded their internal disciplinary procedure which was chaired by an independent labour consultant on Thursday 25 April 2019.

    Mr. Mongalo was found to have breached Company Policy, by bringing the Company's name into disrepute. The Company has decided to proceed with the recommended sanction handed down by the independent labour consultant which includes corrective disciplinary action and compulsory ethical and professional management training.

    Legally Mr. Mongalo maintains his innocence and therefore continues to appeal the Australian Magistrate court ruling and he proceeds to do so in his private capacity.

    Mr. Mongalo is scheduled to resume his duties on Monday 6 May 2019, and the Company considers the matter as having been finalized.

    The Lions Rugby Company will not make any further comments regarding this matter.

  • 27-04-19 Golden Lions XV kick off season
    with a win

    27-Apr-2019

    Lions VX start on a high note

     

    The Xerox Golden Lions XV kicked off their SuperSport Rugby Challenge campaign with a win, beating a much more senior side, the Welwitchias in Windhoek on Saturday by 40-23.

    Hooker PJ Botha was named the Man of the Match, scoring one of three maul drive tries. The other two were scored by Ruben Schoeman and Chergrin Fillies.

    The Lions were leading 14-3 at half-time thanks to double try scorer Yanga Hlalu.

    The last try was scored by the strong wing Stean Pienaar.

    Photo by Andrew Poolman

  • 26-04-2019 'Saders down brave Emirates Lions

    26-Apr-2019

    ‘Saders down brave Emirates Lions

    The Emirates Lions fought bravely, but their best efforts were not enough for a rampant Crusaders side, who won their Vodacom Super Rugby clash by 36-10 in front of the Christchurch faithful on Friday morning.

    The match was a repeat of last year’s final, which produced the same winning outcome for the Kiwi side.

    The Crusaders led by 17-3 at halftime, courtesy of two converted tries and a penalty goal, and they added three more tries in the second stanza to register a comfortable and deserving win.

    It was a gallant effort by the embattled Emirates Lions, whose inspirational captain Warren Whiteley had to withdraw from the team after he failed a late fitness test on the eve of the match. Furthermore, Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx was also rested for this encounter.

    The Crusaders were rewarded with tries through by Braydon Ennor, and two each by wingers Sevu Reece and George Bridge, while pivot Richie Mo’unga slotted four conversions and a penalty goal. The Jozi side scored a try through fullback Ruan Combrinck and a conversion and penalty goal by midfielder Elton Jantjies.

    After three weeks on the road, the Emirates Lions will return to South Africa. They have a bye next weekend, and face the Waratahs on 11 May at Emirates Airline Park (15:05).

     

    Scorers:

    Crusaders 36 (17) – Tries: Braydon Ennor, Sevu Reece (2), George Bridge (2). Conversions: Richie Mo’unga (4). Penalty goal: Mo’unga.

    Emirates Lions 10 (3) – Try: Ruan Combrinck. Conversion: Elton Jantjies. Penalty goal: Jantjies.

     

  • 25-04-19 Super Rugby Challenge News

    25-Apr-2019

    Lions kick off Super Rugby Challenge in Windhoek

    The Xerox Golden Lions XV travel to Windhoek to face Namibia in their SuperSport Rugby Challenge opener on Saturday (kick-off 16:00). Prop Danie Mienie will lead a very young side against Namibia’s national team as they prepare for the World Cup. The Lions coaching staff are Sean Erasmus, Mzwakhe Nkosi and Wessel Roux.

    SUPERSPORT CHALLENGE FIXTURES

    27 April 16:00 – NAMIBIA vs XEROX GOLDEN LIONS XV

    4 May 15:30 – LEOPARDS vs XEROX GOLDEN LIONS XV

    11 May 12:00 – XEROX GOLDEN LIONS XV vs VALKE

    18 May 12:00 – XEROX GOLDEN LIONS XV vs PUMAS

    26 May TBC – BLUE BULLS vs XEROX GOLDEN LIONS XV (FESTIVAL BOSMAN STADIUM)

    1 June 14:00 – GRIQUAS vs XEROX GOLDEN LIONS XV

    16 June TBC – SEMI-FINAL

    30 June TBC – FINAL

     

    Xerox Golden Lions XV v Namibia: Shaun Baxter; Madosh Tambwe, Yanga Hlalu, Eddie Fouche, Stean Pienaar; Jeanluc Cilliers, Bradley Thain; Jo-Hanko de Villiers, Darrien Landsberg, Mandisi Mthiyane, Reinhard Nothnagel, Ruben Schoeman, Chergin Fillies, PJ Botha, Danie Mienie ©. Reserves: Tiaan van der Merwe, Keagan Glade, MJ Pelser, Travis Gordon, Jack Hart, Tyreeq February, Prince Nkabinde

  • 23-04-19 Team News vs Crusaders

    Emirates Lions vs Crusaders

    The Emirates Lions side to face the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday (9:35 SA time) shows four changes to the one that beat the Chiefs last weekend.

    Robbie Coetzee, Nic Groom, Shaun Reynolds and Ruan Combrinck all get the nod for the Lions’ last fixture on tour. Robbie Coetzee will start at hooker with Malcolm Marx back in South Africa as part of Springbok protocol which also sees the introduction of Jan-Henning Campher on the bench.

    Shaun Reynolds will start at ten after Gianni Lombard picked up an injury and has returned home. Ruan Combrinck gets a start in the number fifteen jumper and at nine Groom rotates with Ross Cronje.

    Emirates Lions vs Crusaders: Ruan Combrinck; Sylvian Mahuza, Lionel Mapoe, Elton Jantjies, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Shaun Reynolds, Nic Groom; Warren Whiteley ©, Cyle Brink, Kwagga Smith, Marvin Orie, Stephan Lewies, Carlu Sadie, Robbie Coetzee, Sti Sithole. Reserves: Jan-Henning Campher, Nathan Mcbeth, Johannes Jonker, Wilhelm Vd Sluys, Marnus Schoeman, Ross Cronje, Franco Naude, Tyrone Green.

  • 17-04-19 Whiteley takes the reigns

    Whiteley takes the reigns

    Warren Whiteley resumes the captaincy of the Emirates Lions when they take on the Chiefs in the FMG Stadium in Waikato on Friday (09:35 SA time).

    Whiteley returns seven weeks after suffering a pectoralis major muscle tear in the match against the Stormers in Cape Town. He joined the Lions on Sunday after passing a fitness test on Friday.

    JUST IN– Emirates Lions wing, Courtnall Skosan, is heading back to South Africa due to family responsibilities.

    Tyrone Green will join the team in New Zealand today.

    The following additional changes have been made to the Emirates Lions side to take on the Chiefs:

    • Sylvian Mahuza moves to right wing

    • Andries Coetzee moves to fullback from the bench

    • Ruan Combrinck moves onto the bench

    Emirates Lions vs Chiefs: Sti Sithole, Robbie Coetzee, Carlu Sadie, Stephan Lewies, Marvin Orie, Albertus “Kwagga” Smith, Cyle Brink, Warren Whiteley©, Ross Cronje, Gianni Lombard, Aphiwe Dyanti, Franco Naude, Lionel Mapoe, Sylvian Mahuza, Andries Coetzee

    Reserves: Malcolm Marx, Frans Van Wyk, Johannes Jonker, Wilhelm Vd Sluys, Marnus Schoeman, Nic Groom, Elton Jantjies, Ruan Combrinck

  • 11-04-19 Mapoe in 100th game for Emirates Lions

    Mapoe in 100th game for Emirates Lions

    Lionel Mapoe is celebrating 100 Vodacom Super Rugby caps this weekend when the Emirates Lions take the field against the Brumbies at the GIO Stadium in Canberra on Saturday (11:45 SA time).

    Mapoe has 116 Super Rugby caps in total, having played for two other franchises in his career (Free State & Bulls), and has scored a total of 32 Super Rugby tries.

    Malcolm Marx will lead a very experienced side on the field with seven players boasting 60 Super Rugby caps and more in the starting XV. The most experienced player in the side is Elton Jantjies who has racked up an impressive 126 Super Rugby caps (adding his 13 Super matches for the Stormers), since joining the franchise in 2011.

    This is followed by Andries Coetzee (86), Nic Groom (70), Stephan Lewies (69), Ruan Combrinck (68) and Marx (61) while Ross Cronje adds 81 caps from the bench.

    Emirates Lions vs Brumbies (VSR caps): Andries Coetzee (86); Ruan Combrinck (68), Lionel Mapoe (116), Franco Naude (4), Aphiwe Dyantyi (20); Elton Jantjies (126), Nic Groom (70); Hacjivah Dayimani (17), Stephan Lewies (69), Cyle Brink (37), Marvin Orie (34), Rhyno Herbst (7), Johannes Jonker (28), Malcolm Marx (61), Nathan McBeth (3). Reserves: Robbie Coetzee (45), Sti Sithole (20), Carlu Sadie (16), Wilhelm van der Sluys (12), Marnus Schoeman (24), Ross Cronje (81), Gianni Lombard (4), Sylvian Mahuza (34).

  • 08-04-19 Touring squad to Australasia

    Malcolm Marx will lead an experienced Emirates Lions squad when they depart for Australasia on Tuesday evening.

    The touring squad will consist of 26 players.  The 27th spot in the group will be filled after the game against the Brumbies. The Emirates Lions’ fixtures on tour are:

    • 13 April: vs Brumbies (Canberra, 11:45)
    • 19 April: vs Chiefs (Hamilton, 09:35)
    • 26 April: vs Crusaders (Christchurch, 09:35)
    Forwards Backs
     Carlu Sadie
    Andries Coetzee
     Cyle Brink
    Aphiwe Diyanti
     Frans van Wyk Courtnall Skosan
     Hacjivah Dayimani Elton Jantjies
     Johannes Jonker Franco Naude
     Kwagga Smith Gianni Lombard
     Malcolm Marx Lionel Mapoe
     Marnus Schoeman Nic Groom
     Marvin Orie Ross Cronje
     Nathan McBeth Ruan Combrinck
     Rhyno Herbst Sylvian Mahuza
     Robbie Coetzee  
     Stephan Lewies  
     Sti Sithole  
     Wilhelm van der Sluys
     

    Players on Standby in South Africa

    • Harold Vorster
    • James Venter
    • Jan Henning Champher
    • Tyrone Green
    • Wandisele Simelane
    • Warren Whitely

     

    Injured Players

    • Dylan Smith (cheek-bone)
    • Jacobie Adriaanse (hamstring)
    • Pieter Jansen (calf)
    • Reinhardt Nothnagel (shoulder)
    • PJ Steenkamp (fractured tibia & fibula)
    • Robert Kruger (ankle)
    • Vincent Tshituka (ankle)
    • Ruan Vermaak (fractured right thumb)
    • Dillon Smit (hamstring)
    • Manuel Rass (concussion)
  • 02-04-19 Swys de Bruin commits for further two years

    Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of the Lions Rugby Company, confirmed that Emirates Lions coach Swys de Bruin has committed to the LRC for another two years: “Swys (de Bruin) will remain at the Lions and has extended his contract with the Franchise until 2021. Lions Rugby remains a system driven Franchise focused on stability within the structures of our players and coaches,” Straeuli said.

  • 02-04-19 Brink back for Sharks clash

    Emirates Lions flanker Cyle Brink makes his return to the playing field this weekend after seven months on the side-line with a knee injury for the big clash with the Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airline Park on Friday. The injury, sustained during a Springbok training session, was a bit of a freak accident as someone fell on him during training and he tore his right patella tendon just below the knee cap.

    The Lions will celebrate Lionel Mapoes’ 99th Vodacom Super Rugby match for the union on Friday. The experienced winger joined the Lions back in 2011 and have gone on to score 29 tries for the men in red and white. After six matches, the Lions have scored 25 tries, second to the Crusaders on 29. The teams who have scored the most tries up to now:

     

     

     

     

     

    Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks (19:10): Andries Coetzee; Tyrone Green, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Lionel Mapoe, Courtnall Skosan; Elton Jantjies, Ross Cronje; Ruan Vermaak, Cyle Brink, Marnus Schoeman, Marvin Orie, Rhyno Herbst, Carlu Sadie, Malcolm Marx ©, Sti Sithole. Reserves: Jan-Henning Campher, Nathan McBeth, Frans van Wyk, Wilhelm van der Sluys, Stephan Lewies, Nic Groom, Hacjivah Dayimani, Sylvian Mahuza/Wandisile Simelane

    Supersport Challenge (friendly) Xerox Golden Lions vs Cell C Sharks (16:00): Shaun Reynolds; Ruan Combrinck, Franco Naude, Harold Vorster, Stean Pienaar; Gianni Lombard, Bradley Thain; Jo-Hanko de Villiers, PJ Steenkamp, James Venter, Darrien-Lane Landsberg, Ruben Schoeman, Johannes Jonker, Robbie Coetzee, Danie Mienie. Reserves: Pieter Jansen, Leo Kruger, Chergin Fillies, Cristen van Niekerk, MJ Pelser, Mandisi Mthiyane, Tinus Combrink, Jeanluc Cilliers, Eddie Fouche, Madosha Tambwe, Jan-Louis La Grange

    TEAM TRIES POINTS MATCHES
    Crusaders
    29 185 7
    Emirates Lions 25 174 6
    Chiefs 24 196 7
    Melbourne Rebels 24 166 6
    Hurricanes 23 175 7
  • 21-03-19 New loosies for Sunwolves clash

    The Emirates Lions side to take on the Sunwolves in Singapore on Saturday (12:55 SA time) shows six changes from last weekend, with a few new combinations to kick off proceedings.

    Sylvian Mahuza returns as do Lionel Mapoe, Nic Groom and Rhyno Herbst.

    Ruan Vermaak will wear the number eight jumper and Stephan Lewies will slot in at seven to form a new loose-trio combination with Marnus Schoeman.

    Robbie Coetzee is included on the bench and returns after a lengthy injury lay-off and newcomer Wilhelm van der Sluys will make his debut for the Emirates Lions should he take to the field.

    Emirates Lions vs Sunwolves:

    Tyrone Green; Sylvian Mahuza, Wandisile Simelane, Lionel Mapoe, Courntall Skosan; Elton Jantjies, Nic Groom; Ruan Vermaak, Stephan Lewies, Marnus Schoeman, Marvin Orie, Rhyno Herbst, Carlu Sadie, Malcolm Marx, Sti Sithole.

    The reserves are yet to be confirmed.

  • 14-03-19 Lions welcome back Marvin Orie

    Emirates Lions welcome back Marvin Orie

    The Emirates Lions will face the Melbourne Rebels in a Vodacom Super Rugby game at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday with a new lock pairing as Marvin Orie returns to action.

    Orie got injured against the DHL Stormers in mid-February and makes his return for the big clash with the unbeaten Rebels. His lock partner will be Stephan Lewies.

    The side shows four changes to the starting XV which sees Tyrone Green starting at full-back and Ruan Combrinck coming in at wing. On the bench, hooker Jan-Henning Campher makes a first appearance for the Emirates Lions. Sti Sithole returns to the team, as do locks Rhyno Herbst and Ruan Vermaak while Lionel Mapoe and Andries Coetzee are both expected to take the field from the bench.

    The day kicks off with a Gold Cup match featuring local club RotoTank Roodepoort vs KWV Springs at 11:45.

    Lions vs Rebels kicks off at 15:05.

    Emirates Lions Starting XV: Tyrone Green, Ruan Combrinck, Wandisile Simelane, Franco Naude, Courtnall Skosan, Elton Jantjies, Ross Cronje, Kwagga Smith, Vincent Tshituka, Marnus Schoeman, Stephan Lewies, Marvin Orie, Carlu Sadie, Malcolm Marx, Dylan Smith. Reserves: Jan-Henning Campher, Sti Sithole, Frans van Wyk, Rhyno Herbst, Ruan Vermaak, Gianni Lombard, Lionel Mapoe, Andries Coetzee

  • 09-03-19 Team to face Jaguares

    The Lions Rugby Company is excited about the wealth of talented junior players that have come through their ranks and knocked on the door of Vodacom Super Rugby.

    Coach Swys de Bruin will be giving some of them an opportunity in the game against the Jaguares at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday (kick-off is at 15:05). Players like Wandisile Simelane, a product of Lions Rugby since his Under 13 years and SA Rugby Junior Springbok Player of the Year in 2018 and who is playing out of Soweto, Ruan Vermaak, a former Monument Hoërskool pupil, Vincent Tshituka (Northcliff High School) are all getting an opportunity to play.

    The changes are: Simelane will partner with Franco Naude in midfield, Sylvian Mahuza comes in at wing, Ross Cronje at scrumhalf, Kwagga Smith moves to number eight with Vincent Tshituka slotting in at seven, while Vermaak will form the lock combination with Rhyno Herbst. New faces on the bench include Nathan McBeth, a former Monnas pupil, James Venter and Tyrone Green (Jeppe High School).

    The full squad for the Emirates Lions vs Jaguares game is: Andries Coetzee; Sylvian Mahuza, Wandisile Simelane, Franco Naude, Courtnall Skosan; Elton Jantjies, Ross Cronje; Kwagga Smith, Vincent Tshituka, Marnus Schoeman, Rhyno Herbst, Ruan Vermaak, Carlu Sadie, Malcom Marx, Dylan Smith. Reserves: Pieter Jansen, Nathan McBeth, Frans van Wyk, Stephan Lewies, James Venter, Dillon Smit, Harold Vorster, Gianni Lombard/Tyrone Green.

  • 08-03-19 Will Roodepoort succeed this time?

    Roodepoort, the pride of Lions rugby, will want improve on their performance in this year's Gold Cup when they meet their opponents from the 2014 Community Cup final - Rustenburg Impala - at Ruimsig on Saturday.

    The ëPoorte lost 13-11 in a closely contested final in George that year and it is expected that Saturday's game will be another close encounter.

    It is the only time that a club from the Lions has advanced to the final of the competition in the new format.

    There is only one survivor from that final in the Roodepoort side - reserve scrumhalf Andre Esterhuizen - who started on the day.

    Rustenburg Impala has no fewer than five members from their 2014 winning campaign - locks Henro Huyser and Tiaan Nel, eighth man Leon du Plessis, centre McDonald Duma and winger Dumi Matyeshana.

    Both teams are ready for Saturday's match, which is arguably the most important game of the round robin for both teams. Roodepoort have bolstered their squad with a number of names, with former Lions centre Stokkies Hanekom being their headline star.

    The former Griquas and Wits wing - Lux Ntsepe - will provide the X factor, knowing he is playing alongside the powerful Roodepoort forward pack.

    This is a game that will be won or lost in the forward collisions, and Pieter Matthews and company knows that the responsibility rests on their shoulders.

    Impala's side includes the brilliant number eight Leon du Plessis, who is playing in his fifth Gold (or Community) Cup. The battle between him and the up-and-coming Ruan du Toit will be one you don't want to miss. The game starts at approximately 15:00.

    The teams

    Roodepoort: Lux Ntsepe, Ashley van Wyk, Stokkies Hanekom, Cisko du Toit, Louis Trichardt, Wesley Roberts, Brandan Rieck, Ruan du Toit, Cliffie Vermaak, Wesley Pretorius, Marnus Coetzee, Pieter Matthews, Calla van Heerden, Hennie Mare, Zander Schlemmer. Reserves: Quinton Pretorius, Jakes Qinela, Ian Pottas, Griffith van Wyk, Carl Mellett, Migael du Plessis, Spyker Esterhuizen, Rodney Robinson.

    Impala: Andre Grobler, Dewaldt Havenga, McDonald Duma, Justin St Jerry, Dumisani Matyeshana, Siya Masuku, Ethan Sias, Leon du Plessis, Justin Wheeler, Tiaan Prinsloo, Tiaan Nel, Henro Huyser, Ivann Espag, Nico Peyper, Andre Engelbrecht. Reserves: Brandon de Beer, Andre Olivier, Isak Deetlefs, JP la Grange, Nico Kruger, Johnny Welthagen, Xolani Nkosi, Jaco Botha.

    This weekend's Gold Cup fixtures:

    • Roodepoort vs. Impala
    • Springs vs. Swallows
    • College Rovers vs. ERU
    • Naka Bulle vs. Sishen
    • Worcester vs. Northam
    • Gardens vs. Secunda
    • Progress vs. Durbell
    • Welkom vs. Bloemfontein Police

     

  • 28-02-19 Marx to lead Emirates Lions

    Malcolm Marx takes over the captaincy of the Emirates Lions on Saturday when they host the Vodacom Bulls in Vodacom Super Rugby at Emirates Airline Park.

    The Springbok hooker shares the try-scoring record in Vodacom Super Rugby for the Lions with 27, with speedsters Courtnall Skosan and Lionel Mapoe.

    The team for this weekend shows three changes in the starting line-up and one positional change: Rhyno Herbst is in for Marvin Orie (slight groin niggle), Aphiwe Dyantyi is in for Courtnall Skosan (rotational), Hacjivah Dayimani replaces Warren Whiteley (injured) and Ruan Combrinck moves from 11 to 14.

    Vodacom Super Rugby Stats

    Elton Jantjies is set to come upon a still-rare milestone this weekend. The Lions flyhalf has scored 996 points across his Super Rugby career to date, sitting just four points shy of becoming the fifth player in the history of the competition to score 1,000 points. Dan Carter (1,708) holds the current record as the most prolific scorer in the competition, followed by Morne Steyn (1,449), Beauden Barrett (1,120), and Stirling Mortlock (1,036).

    Vital Stats on Malcolm Marx

    Position: Hooker

    Born: 13-07-1994 in Germiston

    Height & Weight: 1.89m, 119kg

    Super Rugby Caps: 56  |  Super Rugby Points: 135  |  Super Rugby Debut: 2014  |  Test Caps: 24

    KICK-OFF TIMES AND TEAMS FOR SATURDAY

    11:30 CAT: Xerox Golden Lions vs Valke (Supersport Challenge friendly)

    Xerox Golden Lions vs Valke: Tyrone Green; Madosh Tambwe, Wandisile Simelane, Shaun Reynolds, Stiaan Pienaar; Gianni Lombard, Dillon Smit; Darrien-Lane Landsberg, Robert Kruger, James Venter, Reinhard Nothnagel, Ruan Vermaak, Chergin Fillies, Jan-Henning Campher, Nathan Mcbeth. Reserves: HP van Schoor/Tiaan van der Merwe/PJ Botha, Danie Mienie, Asenathi Ntlabakanye/Dohen Kiewit, Ruben Schoeman, MJ Pelser, PJ Steenkamp, Jo-Hanko de Villiers, Bradley Thain/Tinus Combrink, Eddie Fouche, Manuel Rass, Sylvian Mahuza

    15:05 CAT: Emirates Lions vs Vodacom Bulls

    Emirates Lions vs Vodacom Bulls: Andries Coetzee; Ruan Combrinck, Lionel Mapoe, Harold Vorster, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Elton Jantjies, Nic Groom; Hacjivah Dayimani, Marnus Schoeman, Kwagga Smith, Stephan Lewies, Rhyno Herbst, Carlu Sadie, Malcolm Marx, Dylan Smith. Reserves: Pieter Jansen, Sti Sithole, Frans van Wyk, Robert Kruger, Vincent Tshituka, Ross Cronje, Franco Naude, Courtnall Skosan.

  • 23-02-2019 Stormers snatch victory in 85th minute

    Stormers snatch victory in 85th minute

    23 February 2019

     

     

    A tense Vodacom Super Rugby match between the Emirates Lions and DHL Stormers ended in a last gasp victory to the home side, when they clinched a try in the 85th minute of the game at Newlands on Saturday. The Lions enjoyed more territory and made two of their scoring chances count. After 19 minutes, the men from Jozi were up 14-3. The Stormers struggled to score in the first half. SP Marais slotted a second penalty goal in the 29th minute.

    Just when it appeared as if the hosts were building some momentum deep in Lions territory, prop Ali Vermaak was shown a yellow card for flying into a ruck from the side. The half ended with the Lions leading 14-6.

    The Lions failed to capitalise on their superior numbers and their lead though, while the Stormers added six more points. The game was in the balance at 14-12 to the Lions after 60 minutes. The Stormers enjoyed a couple of chances to win the game at the death. Lions flank Marnus Schoeman was sin-binned for a cynical infringement at the lineout in the 77th minute.

    The Lions defended desperately during this period, and conceded penalty after penalty. The Stormers looked to have blown their chance to win the game when the ball shot out of a scrum in front of the posts. Jantjies pounced quickly, and the Lions couldn’t stop the scrumhalf from scoring. Kwagga Smith was Man of the Match and Marvin Orie again made the most tackles.

  • 19-02-2019 Naudé on loan to Lions

    Franco Naudé will join the Lions Rugby Company on loan from the Vodacom Bulls with immediate effect. Naudé will bolster the Lions squad at centre. The 22-year old has one cap in Vodacom Super Rugby (vs Sunwolves, 2017). The former Hoërskool Garsfontein midfielder established himself as an age-group player and earned his Junior Springbok colours in 2016.

  • 15-02-2019 Emirates Lions sign partnership with Sonda Sports

    Emirates Lions sign partnership with Sonda Sports

    15 February 2019

     

    The Lions Rugby Company is pleased to announce a new partnership with Sonda Sports which will allow our Emirates Lions squad to wear state-of-the-art rugby GPS trackers during all training sessions.

     

    Sonda Sports, a leader in their field, delivers a revolutionary GPS tracking system designed to enhance the productivity of professional athletes. This software will allow the coaching team to access the very best in statistical data, which will aid them in a whole manner of different ways.

     

    "This system enables our coaches to monitor training every day, so that we can develop the players' fitness in the most professional way possible. We are continually striving to be at our best in everything we do, and we know that Sonda Sports will be the right fit for our team," said Lions Rugby Company CEO Rudolf Straeuli.

     

    The wireless sports performance system monitors and improves players' performance while also enhancing players' development and preventing injuries.  The purpose of the GPS is to help players and coaches on every level to maximize their overall skills and capabilities. Sonda Sports is famous for developing innovative ideas for analysing and monitoring the overall productivity and performance of athletes on the sports ground. Their primary motive is to develop and implement new, high-end technologies and make them available to athletes across the globe.

     

    Sonda Sports is a European company based in Wroclaw, Poland. For more information visit SondaSports.com

     

  • 12-02-2019 Strong Emirates Lions outfit for VSR opener

    Strong Emirates Lions outfit for VSR opener

    12 February 2019

     

    Warren Whiteley will lead a strong Emirates Lions side when they take the field against the Jaguares in their Vodacom Super Rugby opener in Argentina on Saturday evening (23:40 SA time).

     

    Carlu Sadie and Stephan Lewies will make their Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the Emirates Lions in the starting line-up. The bench includes new faces Frans van Wyk, Ruan Vermaak, Gianni Lombard and Wandisile Simelane. Each of the previous seven meetings between the Jaguares and the Emirates Lions have been won by the home team on the day. The Lions currently have four wins to the Jaguares' three.

     

    Lions' hooker Malcolm Marx (27) won more turnovers than anyone else in Super Rugby 2018. Players not considered due to injury were Kwagga Smith (calf strain, should be ready in a week), Stephan Lewies (minor pectoral tear, should be ready in a week), Cyle Brink (recovering from long-term injury), Robbie Coetzee (recovering from long-term injury), Johannes Jonker (recovering from long-term injury) and Ross Cronje (recovering from long-term injury).

  • 01-02-2019 Spidey Whiteley ready to lead

    Spidey Whiteley ready to lead

    #SuperHeroSunday team list announced

     

    Warren Whiteley is the real Spiderman when he leads the Emirates Lions against the Cell C Sharks at the Cape Town Stadium on #SuperHeroSunday.

     

    Whiteley leads a side brimming with experience but also interspersed with some talented youngsters in the starting line-up and on the bench.

     

    #SuperHeroSunday

    • This is the first ever #SuperHeroSunday Double Header at the Cape Town Stadium, featuring all four Vodacom Super Rugby franchise teams on the same day at one venue.
    • South Africa's top players will be wearing their new jerseys inspired by Marvel's Spider-Man, Thor, Black Panther and Captain America will run out at Cape Town Stadium on #SuperHeroSunday, 3 February, at the first public appearance of the Marvel makeover of SA's Vodacom Super Rugby teams.

     

    The Emirates Lions will be dressed in the familiar webbed suit of Spider-Man; the Cell C Sharks will adopt the Black Panther look; the DHL Stormers will be looking to hammer their opponents in the colours of Thor; and the Vodacom Bulls will shield all attacks thrown their way as Captain America. The jerseys will be exclusively worn in most South African derbies. The teams will wear in their usual jerseys for matches against international opposition.

  • 30-01-2019 Get your Spiderman rugby jersey today

    Get your Spiderman rugby jersey today

    #SuperHeroSunday

     

    The new Spiderman rugby jerseys are now available for you to purchase. Make sure you grab yours ahead of the #SuperHeroSunday match this weekend.

     

    You can buy the jersey and at of the following shops:

     

    You can expect to pay the following:

    Men - Replica: R799 | Lite: R499

    Women - Replica: R749 | Lite: R449

    Kids - Replica: R749 | Lite: R449

    For any queries please phone the Canterbury Lions Shop at 011 402 0034.

  • 31-01-19 Lions embrace Sadie

    Meet our new young prop

    31 January 2019

     

    Carlu Sadie, one of the fresh new faces at the Emirates Lions, has spoken about settling in with his new team mates in Johannesburg, moving from Bellville, the place he grew up in, and about the huge influence former Springbok prop Julian Redelinghuys has had on him.

     

    Read the full article now

  • Emirates Lions vs Vodacom Bulls friendly

    Mahuza to lead youngsters

     

    The Emirates Lions will take on the Vodacom Bulls in a friendly on Saturday, 26 January at 15h00 at Loftus Versfeld B-field.

     

    Sylvian Mahuza will captain a young Emirates Lions side in the first pre-season friendly of 2019. Mahuza is the most experienced player in the squad that will travel to Pretoria with 31 Super Rugby caps under his belt. Kick-off is at 15:00 and entrance is free.

     

    To check out the team sheet, click here.

     

  • Hero-On-Hero combat has moved from the big screen to the rugby field

    #SuperHeroSunday - some thing you never knew you needed

     

    Get your Spider-Man suit ready - Marvel is coming to South Africa in a big way as a plethora of superheroes get ready to invade Cape Town on Sunday, 3 February for #SuperHeroSunday.

     

    This Vodacom Super Rugby season the Emirates Lions will become Spider-Man, arguably the most popular superhero of all, and just like the comic character, they will wear an advanced Superhero costume.

     

    We identify with heroes as if they were sports teams - well now they are! It will be the first time the teams officially wear the new-look jerseys, which will also be worn during other SA derbies throughout the Vodacom Super Rugby season.

     

    The Emirates Lions (Spider-Man) kick off proceedings at 14h00 against the Cell C Sharks (Black Panther) followed by the DHL Stormers (Thor) versus the Vodacom Bulls (Captain America).

     

    The idea of our heroes fighting, sparks our imaginations and our emotional investment. Expectations are that the season's first hit-out (powered by DStv, SuperSport, Marvel, and Vodacom) will be fast and spectacular as teams try and establish solid early form.

     

    There will be an emphasis on entertainment, with families encouraged to dress up as their favourite superheroes, and the day will be packed with activations and assorted giveaways and prizes.

     

    Tickets from R50 (or four for R150) are available at Computicket. Corporate hospitality can be arranged via www.circa.co.za. Unfortunately there will be no ticket sales at the stadium on match day.

     

    Gates open at noon.

     

  • 05-12-2018 GLRU appoints Meintjes as deputy

    GLRU appoints Meintjes as deputy

     

    The Golden Lions Rugby Union is proud to announce that Stephen Meintjes has been co-opted as a deputy to the Executive Committee.

    Meintjes is not a new face at the Lions. He started his career as a referee for the union in 1985. He was appointed as Chairman from 2002 to 2006 and was elected onto the Executive Committee in 2003 under the then president Jomo King.

    He was appointed as Chairman of the SA Rugby Referees Association in 2002, re-elected in 2003 and served as Chairman until 2015.

    GLRU President Neville Jardine said Meintjes brings a wealth of experience as a deputy, given his solid finance and banking background.

    "The main focus of his duties will be finance, audits and risk management, as well as restoring and rejuvenating the referees' portfolio while he will also assist with constitutional matters.

    "We want to ensure the long-term sustainability of the GLRU and we believe, given Stephen's vast experience that he can make us achieve this. I am confident that he will ensure that we are on the right path," Jardine added.

    Meintjes' appointment is with immediate effect.

  • 19-11-2018 New ticketing partner for Emirates AIrline Park

    New ticketing partner for Emirates Airline Park

     

    EPS (Pty) Ltd has acquired the services of a new ticketing partner, Ticketpro, ahead of the launch of their 2019 Lions Membership packages, to go on sale on Black Friday.

     

    South Africa‘s leading ticketing innovator, Ticketpro, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blue Label Telecoms Limited, has been responsible for many of South Africa‘s premium sporting and entertainment events. Through utilising innovative technology developed by Blue Label Telecoms Limited, Ticketpro has been able to significantly streamline ticketing, hospitality and access control for a range of events across the country.

     

    Read the full article now

     

  • 26-11-18 Boksmart Coaching Course info released

    Complete your World Rugby Level 2 certification with the Golden Lions Rugby Union. Everything you need to know about Boksmart information and course dates can be found in our Amateur rugby section.

     

    Check it out now.

     

  • 09-11-18 Industry changes push player severance

    Due to the changes in the Rugby Industry whereby the decision to reduce professional players has been instigated the Lions Rugby Company (Pty) Ltd. has been involuntarily required to offer mutual severance packages to contracted players.

     

     

  • 12-11-18 Start planning for the 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby

    This just in. The 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby schedule has finally been released. Check it out to see when the Emirates Lions will be playing and plan your rugby weekends now.

     

     

  • 27-11-2018 Emirates Lions sign new sponsor

    Lions Rugby Company (Pty) Ltd is proud to announce the signing of a three year contract with The Skills Development Corporation (SDC).

     

    They are an accredited learning institution specialising in Training and Learnership initiatives focused on the B-BBEE codes of good practice and proud winner of the 2018 Education Training & Skills Development award at the National Business Awards.

     

    Edgar Rathbone, Managing Director of EPS (Pty) Ltd, welcomed SDC on board as the latest sponsor to the Lions Rugby Company, to be sported on the shoulder of the new Vodacom Super Rugby jersey for 2019.

     

    "We are proud to be associated with SDC, a company that has done so much for upliftment in our country. Their slogan really sums it up 'We are the difference' and they really have made the difference in so many young lives in South Africa. We hope we can assist in changing even more lives over the next 3 years and beyond."

     

    The Skills Development Corporation (Pty) Ltd recognizes an obligation to raising the profile of education, training and skills development within South Africa. As an accredited training provider they endeavour to maintain the highest principles, core values and ethical standards in carrying out all their business activities, characteristic that the Lions can associate with.

     

    "The decision to partner with the Lions Rugby Company was made out of the passion for the sport. The Lions' path to success is very similar to that of SDC's and we would like to be by their side every step of the way as they move closer and closer to the top spot in South African rugby," said Daniel Gibhard, CEO of SDC.

     

  • 13-10-2018 Xerox Golden Lions book Currie Cup semi-final spot

    Xerox Golden Lions book Currie Cup
    semi-final spot

    The Xerox Golden Lions beat the iCOLLEGE Pumas 33-21 (halftime 21-14) with a bonus point, in their Currie Cup Premier Division match at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Friday.

     

    As a result of the five-try outcome, the Lions moved into third position on the table tied with the second-placed Sharks, but slightly behind on points difference.

    The visitors got off to a quick start as centre Lionel Mapoe intercepted a poor pass from scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer in the second minute and sprinted through to score under the posts untouched. Jantjies added the extra two points.

    Three minutes later it was Devon Williams who timed his run into the Pumas back line to perfection to collect the final pass and score for flyhalf Chris Smith to convert and level the scores. The Lions were back in front when hooker Corne Fourie scored from a rolling maul and Jantjies was again on target from the kicking tee.

    The Lions, however, were reduced to 14 men on the half hour when centre Howard Mnisi was yellow carded for cynical play.

    The Pumas took advantage of the numerical advantage and after a long period of sustained pressure it was their No 8 Francois Kleinhans who crashed over for the score. But once again, the Lions put their noses ahead when Mapoe displayed great feet to lay off to left wing Courtnall Skosan to score. Jantjies’s conversion made it 21-14.

    The Pumas were dealt a blow just before halftime when try-scorer Kleinhans was sin-binned and just before he returned after the break, the Lions capitalised when Skosan got in for his second try which secured the bonus point.

    The Lions were starting to stamp their authority on the game and this became even more evident when Fourie bundled his way over for his second try of the night on the hour.

    Jantjies added the extras and the Lions had one foot in the semifinals at 33-14.

    But the Pumas were not about to throw in the towel and came back at the visitors with centre Ryan Nell scoring their third try with 12 minutes remaining.

    XEROX GOLDEN LIONS – Tries: Lionel Mapoe, Corne Fourie (2), Courtnall Skosan (2) Conversions: Elton Jantjies (4)

  • 04-10-18 Xerox Golden Lions U21 & U19 teams take on the Cell C Sharks

    Catch all the action when the Xerox Golden Lions U21 and U19 teams take on the Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airline Park on Friday, 5 October 2018.

  • 22-09-18 Lions go down in wet Durban

    Lions go down in wet Durban

     

    The Cell C Sharks retained their unbeaten status in the Currie Cup when they secured a 37-21 win over the Xerox Golden Lions in Durban on Saturday. The home side dominated for long periods although it took them some time to get going as wet weather made handling and underfoot conditions difficult. They eventually outscored the Golden Lions by four tries to three and Robert du Preez finished with a 17-point haul courtesy of four conversions and three penalties.

    The Sharks opened the scoring in the third minute via a Robert du Preez penalty but the visitors struck back in the eighth minute when Sylvian Mahuza had an easy run-in for the opening try after gathering a perfectly weighted cross-field kick from Shaun Reynolds.

    Reynolds added the extras but that would be the last time the visitors would trouble the scorers during the opening period as the Sharks dominated the rest of the half

    The Lions were more competitive after the break and on the hour-mark James Venter scored their second try off the back of a lineout drive deep inside Sharks territory. In the 75th minute, Wandisile Simelane did well to boot the ball up field and beat Sbu Nkosi in a foot race before diving on the ball behind the home side's try line to add some respectability to the final score.

    Tries: Sylvian Mahuza, James Venter, Wandisile Simelane

    Conversions: Shaun Reynolds (3)

  • 15-09-18 Western Province end Lions unbeaten run

    WP end Lion's unbeaten run


    Western Province beat the Golden Lions 65-36 in a high scoring Currie Cup match at Ellis Park on Saturday afternoon, to maintain their unbeaten run in the competition.

    The North/South derby saw two of the competition's unbeaten sides come up against each other in a mouth-watering clash at Ellis Park.

    The Lions have been in scintillating form this season with three wins from three, but Province had other ideas as they completely blew the home side out of the water in the first half with some skilful and efficient rugby.

    With barely a minute on the clock, Province struck first blood with a try through Springbok Dillyn Leyds who benefited from a brilliant break down in the middle, from South African Under-20 eighth-man Juarno Augustus. SP Marais added the extras before he was on the kicking tee again to stretch their lead through a penalty kick.

    The Lions hit back almost immediately, when Lionel Mapoe - who could well see himself back in the Springbok frame in the coming weeks due to injuries sustained to Lukhanyo Am and Damian de Allende - cut through the middle before Shaun Reynolds burrowed his way over the line. Reynolds added a penalty to narrow the score to three points at 13-10, but those proved to be the Lions final points of the first half as a flurry of Province tries followed.

    Province had a commanding 39-10 lead at the break. The second half was as frenetic as the first, as tries simply didn't dry up for either side.

    Replacement hooker Pieter Jansen and Hacjivah Dayimani scored for the home side to bring the scores closer. WP then scored two more tries to bury the game and condemn the Lions to their first Currie Cup defeat of the season.

  • 13-09-18 Xerox Golden Lions take on DHL Western Province

    The Lions Rugby Company will field three strong teams on Saturday 15 September when the Xerox Golden Lions Under 19, Under 21 and senior sides host the DHL Western Province sides.

     

    Xerox Golden Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen made three changes, one positional, to the side that will host Western Province in the DirectAxis and Nashua Currie Cup at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.

     

    In the front row Corne Fourie returns at hooker, Andries Coetzee is back at full-back after a week of rest and Sylvian Mahuza returns to wing in the place of the injured Madosh Tambwe (dislocated ankle).

     

    The Lions juniors will look to continue their winning ways after a successful trip to Loftus in Pretoria last week.

     

    Under 19 captain Cal Smid, Under 21 captain Wayne van der Bank and senior captain Marvin Orie will lead their sides in their respective encounters.

     

    With sunny weather forecasted families are invited to enjoy a full day of rugby at Emirates Airline Park.

     

    Gates open at 10:30 and this is also the kick-off time for the Xerox Golden Lions Under 19 side. This is followed by the Under 21 teams (12:30) and the main kick-off is at 15:00.

  • 01-09-18 Lions climb to the top of the Currie Cup log

    Shaun Reynolds was once again the Xerox Golden Lions’ general at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday, scoring 22 points in their 47-14 victory over the Toyota Free State Cheetahs.

    Reynold's haul helped him to remain the top scorer in the Currie Cup competition, with an average of nearly 19 points per game.

    The Lions led 33-0 at the break and a record win was on the cards.

    Sylvian Mahuza and Reynolds both scored a brace in that period.

    The Lions went to sleep for half an hour in a cold second half until Hacjivah Dayimani and Howard Mnisi scored in the last ten minutes.

    Dayimani is also top of the pops on the try scorer's list with his five tries.

    Scorers: Golden Lions

    Tries: Mahuza 2, Reynolds 2, Orie, Mnisi, Dayimani

    Conversions: Reynolds 6

    Free State Cheetahs

    Tries: Fouche, Paige

    Conversions: Fouche 2

  • Lions triumph in CC opener

    The Xerox Golden Lions triumphed by 62-41 over Tafel Lager Griquas at Emirates Airline Park on Friday evening after trailing 19-20 at halftime.

    The Lions scored nine tries to the five from the galant but ultimately outclassed Griquas.

    Winger Courtnall Skosan collected a hat-trick of tries for the home side with captain Ross Cronje, Sylvian Mahuza, Len Massyn, Wandile Simelane, Hacjivah Dayimani (2) also adding their names to the scoresheet.

    Number 10 Shaun Reynolds added the remainder of the points with seven conversions and a penalty to douse the fire from the visitors who looked able to contain and even dominate the home side during the first 40 minutes.

    Griquas' tries came from Andre Starts, Khwezilokusa Mkhafu, Wilmar Arnoldi, Kyle Steyn, AJ Coertzen as forwards and backs combined in a series of slick movements before finally running out of steam in the final quarter.

  • 15-08-18 Pivot moved to 15 – Lions U19's to face the Sharks

    The Xerox Golden Lions Under 19 head coach Wessel Roux has moved his pivot Christian Humphries to fullback for Saturday’s Under 19 clash in Durban against the Sharks with Jonathan Viljoen getting his first start at ten in the competition.The pocket-rocket David Cary finds himself on the bench along with Janco van Heyningen, who returns from injury and both should have a big impact later in the game.Outside centre Edwin Ludick also returns to partner Yanga Hlalu in midfield.The Lions will, however, travel to Durban without regular hooker Dameon Venter, who is unavailable and Tiaan Drotskie gets a deserved start.Also in the mix for the first time this season is tighthead JW Meades, who starts from the bench.The Cubs have a a richness of props in the squad with Asenathi Ntlabakanye and Nkosikona Masuku in the starting XV and Meades and Keagan Glade on the bench.Lions versus Sharks: Christian Humphries; Njabulo Mjara, Edmund Ludick, Yanga Hlalu, Kennedy Mpeku; Jonathan Viljoen, Tinus Combrink; Cal Smid, Mandisi Mthiyane, Mark Snyman, Kwagga van Niekerk, Hendrik Smit/Ruben Kotzé, Asenathi Ntlabakanye, Tiaan Drotskie, Nkosikona Masuku.Reserves: Gustav de Jager, JW Meades, Keagan Glade, Ruben Kotzé/Hendrik Smit, Ziyanda Msipha, Hlumelo Ndudula, Janco van Heyningen, David Cary, Brendon Buitendag.

  • 27-10-18 Lion Cubs thrash Bulls

    Lion Cubs thrash Bulls


    The Xerox Under 21 Lions Cubs scored a run-away 58-24 victory over their Blue Bulls counterparts at Newlands on Saturday to be crowned the national champions at this age group.

    A blitz in the first 28 minutes, which saw them score 27 unanswered points followed by 19 points in the final ten minutes, was too much for the gallant Bulls who fought back gallantly during the middle of the game. The Lions proved to be a team of real thoroughbreds, with very few weaknesses and they stuck to their guns to score six tries in the final.

    If one Cub has to be mentioned it was the dead-eye-dick fullback Jeanluc Cilliers, who scored 28 points – four more than the entire Bulls team – in a typical finals approach. He kept the score board ticking over to keep his side in front at a stage when the Bulls pressed hard. Lock Handré Stassen and the nimble-footed Manie Libbok did eventually make a big difference and perhaps they should have started. To mention more Lions apart from Cilliers would be unfair and all of them were superstars.

    Gianni Lombard kicked the proceedings off with an intercept near his own '25' and took play to close to the Bulls goal-line which set up Len Massyn’s score. Thereafter Tyrone Green scored after a beautiful inside pass and when Lombard again dummied inside he ran straight through. Big Asenathi Nthlabakanye also made his presence felt and he scored in his Under 21 debut and it is unthinkable that he qualifies for two more seasons at this level. Hats off to coach Bafana Nhleko and his coaching staff.

    Scorers

    Lions Under 21s: Tries: Len Massyn, Tyrone Green, Gianni Lombard, Asenathi Nthlabakanye, Shaun Williams, Wandisile Simelane. Conversions: Jeanluc Cilliers (5). Penalties: Cilliers (6).

  • 29-10-18 Lions victorious U/21 Coach gets full-time call-up to Junior Boks

    Bafana Nhleko, head coach of the victorious Xerox Golden Lions Under 21 side that won the SA Under 21 Championship at Newlands on Saturday, will join the SA Rugby coaching ranks as assistant coach to the Junior Springboks.

     

    The Cubs beat the Vodacom Blue Bulls Under 21's in emphatic style, taking the trophy by 58-24. The Lions style of play and extreme fitness again made its mark in the final and it is this brand of rugby that Bafana Nhleko, head coach of the Xerox Golden Lions, will take to SA Rugby as he joins them at the end of the year.

     

    "We are very proud of our juniors and happy to see one of our top coaches, Bafana, getting recognition from SA Rugby for his hard work with our juniors. I believe there is no doubt that he will take the Lions way of play further and ensure that more of our juniors get noticed at higher levels," said Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of Lions Rugby Company.

     

    The team bid farewell to their Attack Coach Herkie Kruger after the semi-final at Emirates Airline Park a week ago when the Cubs beating the Free State Cheetahs to secure a spot in the final. Kruger has joined the Ministry full-time but will stay involved. '

     

    The Lions have always invested in top class coaches and this victory is testament to that. It is good that the Lions can bolster SA Rugby with quality coaches like Nhleko."

     

    Nhleko started his coaching career at the Lions in 2013 when he was appointed as the Under 19 Head Coach. He also coached the union's Super Sport Challenge team in 2016 and 2017 while he acted as defence coach of the Under 21 side in the same years. Nhleko thanked the Lions for their role in his growth as a coach and said he was looking forward to the next chapter in coaching career.

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