Strong Emirates Lions outfit for VSR opener
12 February 2018
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 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).
Check out the team sheet now.
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01-02-2019 Spidey Whiteley ready to lead
#SuperHeroSunday team list announced
1 February 2018
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.
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.
Kick-off is at 14:00. View the team sheet now.
Lions embrace Sadie
Meet our new young prop
31 January 2018
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.
"I can honestly say that I felt welcome at the Lions from day one. The altitude was a bit of a problem at first, but they made sure that was sorted out with some rigorous fitness in the pre-season," Sadie commented during the Lions' media day on Thursday.
Sadie (21) received a call from coach Swys de Bruin who invited him to join the Lions and the youngster felt a change was on the cards, especially playing behind two Springboks at the Stormers like Wilco Louw and Frans Malherbe.
"I looked at the Lions culture and what they stand for and that made the move easy, as its the same values that I follow in my life."
Sadie was full of praise for the role that Redelinghuys, the Lions' scrum coach and mentor to the youngsters, plays in shaping him as a player, prop en human being.
"To listen to him, and to know where he has been and what he went through has been a huge honour. As a schoolboy I looked up to him and to walk with him every day and greet in itself is a massive honour," the burly young prop said.
Photo: Carlu Sadie
Get your Spiderman rugby jersey today
30 January 2018
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.
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.
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.
New ticketing partner for Emirates Airline Park
19 November 2018
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.
Start planning for the 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby
12 November 2018
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.
2019 Boksmart Coaching Course info released
Industry changes push player severance
09 November 2018
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.
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.
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 unions 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.
Photo by: Lions Rugby Company/Monique Naude
27-10-18 Lions cubs thrash Bulls
Lion Cubs thrash Bulls
27 October 2018
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.
Lions Under 21s: Tries: Len Massyn, Tyrone Green, Gianni Lombard, Asenathi Nthlabakanye, Shaun Williams, Wandisile Simelane. Conversions: Jeanluc Cilliers (5). Penalties: Cilliers (6).
13-10-2018 Xerox Golden Lions book Currie Cup semi-final spot
13 October 2018
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)
Xerox Golden Lions u21 & u19 teams take on the Cell C Sharks
Xerox Golden Lions U21 & U19 teams take on the Cell C Sharks
04 October 2018
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.
22-08-18 Lions go down in wet Durban
Photo by Howard Cleland
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)
15-08-18 WP end Lions unbeaten run
WP end Lion's unbeaten run
15 September 2018
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
24 August 2018
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.
Pivot moved to 15 – Lions U19's to face the Sharks
15 August 2018
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.