SA latest – Lions to confirm Soccer City move

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Lions to confirm Soccer City move – The Golden Lions Rugby Union’s move to Soccer City will be formally announced within the next few days.

According to The Sunday Times, Stadium Management SA (SMSA), the company who manage Soccer City and three other local stadiums, are in the midst of talks with Kaizer Chiefs about the PSL club moving there as a possible anchor tenant. The Lions are also set to move to Soweto, and will play all their future games at the iconic venue.

The relationship between the Golden Lions and the Guma Group is at breaking point, and so the Lions are so desperate to get out of their contract with their equity partner that they have sought legal advice. Sources say the equity deal has not been fulfilled in all facets, and trust between the parties has all but evaporated.

Rhodes, Piutau face suspension – Lions flank Michael Rhodes and Highlanders wing Siale Piutau will face Sanzar Judicial Hearings on Monday after being cited for alleged foul play during a match on Saturday.

The citings relate to an incident in the 59th minute of the match in which Rhodes used a headlock to clear Piutau from a ruck after which the wing retaliated by twice punching the Lions flank to head. Rhodes has been cited under Foul Play Law 10.4 (e) for dangerous tackling of a player without the ball, whilst Piutau has been cited under Law 10.4 (a) punching an opponent and Law 10.4 (l) retaliation. Both players have been cited under Law 10.4 (m) for acts contrary to good sportsmanship.

Sanzar will announce the outcomes once the second hearing has been completed.

Deysel in the dock – Sharks flank Jean Deysel has been cited for dangerous play during the Super Rugby match between the Sharks and Waratahs and will face a judiciary on Monday,

Deysel has been cited under Foul Play Law 10.4 (e) for dangerous tackling of an opponent without the ball; and Law 10.4 (m) for an act contrary to good sportsmanship. He received a yellow card after using a dangerous headlock to clear Waratahs centre Tom Carter at a ruck in the 51st minute of the match.