Mapoe the ‘Mane’ Lion

The Golden Lions Rugby Union held their annual Players Award Ceremony on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 where the players were acknowledged for their contribution to the Union throughout 2012.

Lionel Mapoe was the big winner of the night, taking home the titles of both Backline Player of the Year and the Lions Man (Players Player of the Year) award. Franco van der Merwe was awarded Forward Player of the Year, while JC Janse van Rensburg was named Player of the Year

The winners of the MTN Lions’ 2012 awards are:

U-19 Backline Player of the Year – Harold Vorster

U-19 Forward Player of the Year – Dirk Kotze

U-19 Player of the Year – Albertus Smith

U-21 Backline Player of the Year – Robert de Bruyn

U-21 Forward Player of the Year – Etienne Oosthuizen

U-21 Player of the Year – Stephan de Wit

Referee’s Award – Rashivenge Fhatuweni

Senior Backline Player of the Year – Lionel Mapoe

Senior Forward Player of the Year – Franco van der Merwe

Senior Lions Man (Players Player) of the Year – Lionel Mapoe

Senior Lions Man – JC Janse van Rensburg

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    October 25, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I enjoyed Lionel’s play this Currie Cup. Congrats.

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    Vetgesmeerde Blits

    October 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    JC got the top award. He is now officially the Lions Player of the year. The Lions players player of the year award is a lesser award.

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    Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa

    October 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Bandiso must be unlucky. Well done Lions and thanks for such good rugby this year and you should have been in the final.

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    October 26, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Talking of JC, against Province when they were setting the scrum and the ref shouted “touch” JC never touched, not once when he was on camera. He did not even reach for the opposing player.

    Does this not carry some sort of sanction, or do we just shout out “touch” for shits and giggles?


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