Heinz Schenk
2 minute read
8 Feb 2020
6:20 am

Old hands don’t mask the Lions’ flaws

Heinz Schenk

Question marks are hanging over the Lions’ 'promote-internally-at-all-costs' policy when it comes to their coaching staff.

Ivan Van Rooyen (coach) of the Lions during the Emirates Lions press conference at Emirates Airline Park on February 06, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture: Sydney Seshibedi / Gallo Images

It’s dangerous in these constrained economic times to be picky over experienced players returning to local Super Rugby franchises. In fact, by all accounts we can’t fairly say that any signing made in this “category” (for want of a better word) has proven a failure. Schalk Brits and Duane Vermeulen were both hits at Loftus in 2019, and this season Morne Steyn and Juandre Kruger delivered encouraging showings in last weekend’s opener. Welsh legend Jamie Roberts also didn’t look out of place at Newlands. So it’s then with eager anticipation that we await Willem Alberts and Jaco Kriel running out...