Cheetahs and Lions forge new ties

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Toyota Cheetahs winger Rayno Benjamin gets dumped in the tackle by Martin Bezuidenhout of the MTN Lions. Photo by Denese Lups.

The Free State and Lions rugby unions have forged new ties and agreed on mutual cooperation.

During a conversation between Mr. Lindsay Mould, President of the Free State Rugby Union, Mr. Harold Verster, Managing Director of the Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Limited and Mr. Kevin de Klerk, President of the Lions in Johannesburg possible unhappiness and uncertainties as well as future cooperation between the two rugby entities were discussed.

The discussion took place in a very frank and pleasant manner and it was like two old rugby friends who could talk to each other about uncertainties and the way forward.

Mr. Mould and Mr. Verster presented Mr. De Klerk with the situation set about in recent events and that they still support the Lions as agreed initially. Mr. De Klerk accepted the Cheetah’s point of view unconditionally and undertook to visit Bloemfontein soon to show his goodwill towards this province.

The uneasiness of the former regional team, the Cats, was also discussed in depth. It refers to a time when this association was to the detriment of the Free State and it was now realised that this system of merger between the Lions and Cheetahs as the Cats was not practical and that the two unions will support and assist each other better in other ways on the road ahead.

The Toyota Cheetahs will take on the Lions at Ellis Park next weekend. This will be the beginning of forging ties.

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