The Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) have once again changed or shifted the goal posts for the remaining schedule of The Lions Challenge.
The French Barbarians game, which was cancelled and substituted with a SA Barbarians game, now falls away too, and in stead the Lions now have a bye weekend on that weekend.
They can colour it anyway they like, but it stenches of more incompetence and poor execution of a season which was always going to be a difficult one for the embattled Union.
6 International games have now been canned already!
Here’s the Official Media Release by the GLRU:
FURTHER UPDATES TO MTN LIONS FIXTURE SCHEDULE
The Golden Lions Rugby Union has made additional changes to the MTN Lions fixture schedule for the remainder of the Lions Challenge series.
Matches against Samoa (June 1st), the Stormers (June 14th) and the Sharks (June 21st) will still go ahead as scheduled.
There has, however, been a change to the proposed June 8th fixture against the South African Barbarians which will now be a bye weekend for the MTN Lions.
An additional match against local rivals the Blue Bulls has been scheduled for July 6th at Loftus Versveld.
Furthermore, the July 12th fixture against Montpellier has been replaced by a match against the Griquas at Ellis Park on Saturday July 13th.
Following the MTN Lions’ Vodacom Cup success, the team will look to continue their momentum and concentrate on their upcoming local fixtures, as they prepare for the Super Rugby promotion/relegation matches and the Currie Cup.
The promotion / relegation games are scheduled for Friday, July 26th (away) and Friday, August 2nd (home).
The updated fixture schedule for the remainder of 2013 is as follows:
|01 June||MTN Lions vs Samoa||Ellis Park||14:30|
|14 June||MTN Lions vs DHL Stormers||Ellis Park||19:00|
|21 June||MTN Lions vs The Sharks||Ellis Park||19:00|
|06 July||MTN Lions vs Blue Bulls||Pretoria||16:30|
|13 July||MTN Lions vs Griquas||Ellis Park||15:00|
|26 July||Promotion / Relegation||TBC||19:10|
|02 August||Promotion / Relegation||Ellis Park||19:10|
|10 August||MTN Golden Lions vs Toyota Free State Cheetahs||Ellis Park||15:00|
|16 August||Sharks vs MTN Golden Lions||Kings Park||17:05|
|24 August||Vodacom Blue Bulls vs MTN Golden Lions||Loftus Versfeld||17:05|
|30 August||MTN Golden Lions vs DHL Western Province||Ellis Park||19:10|
|07 September||Griquas vs MTN Golden Lions||GWK Park||15:00|
|13 September||Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs MTN Golden Lions||Free State Stadium||19:10|
|21 September||MTN Golden Lions Vodacom Blue Bulls||Ellis Park||17:05|
|27 September||MTN Golden Lions vs Sharks||Ellis Park||19:10|
|04 October||DHL Western Province vs MTN Golden Lions||Newlands||14:00|
|12 October||MTN Golden Lions vs Griquas||Ellis Park||15:00|
|19 October||Currie Cup Semi-Finals||TBC||TBC|
|26 October||Currie Cup Final||TBC||TBC|
|05 October||South Africa vs New Zealand||Ellis Park||17:00|
Tickets for all home games can be purchased online via Computicket or at the Ellis Park ticket office which can be reached on (011) 402 8644.