The Lions are the international brand of the Johannesburg-based Golden Lions provincial union, which was formerly known as Transvaal. The Lions name is the fifth that the Ellis Park-based team has carried into battle in the 12 years of Super rugby, having previously been known as Transvaal, the Gauteng Lions, the Golden Cats and then the Cats. As well as representing the Golden Lions provincial union, the Lions side can also draw on minor South African provincial unions the North West Leopards and the Mpumalanga Pumas. Both are also part of the regions’ Super rugby catchment.

The Lions were replaced by the Southern Kings in the 2013 Super Rugby Season but regained their position the following year after beating the Southern Kings in a two-game play-off series. 

http://www.lionsrugby.co.za/

Head to Head Record:

Highlanders 13 Wins
Lions 7 Wins

Results:

1996: Highlanders v Transvaal, 29-15
1997: Gauteng Lions v Highlanders, 47-29
1998: Highlanders v Lions, 57-27
1999: Lions v Highlanders, 28-29
2000: Highlanders v Lions, 33-31
2001: Lions v Highlanders, 56-21
2002: Highlanders v Lions, 40-8
2003: Lions v Highlanders, 33-21
2004: Highlanders v Lions, 29-17
2005: Lions v Highlanders, 12-16
2006: Highlanders v Lions, 16-14
2007: Lions v Highlanders, 11-6
2008: Highlanders v Lions, 29-20
2009: Lions v Highlanders, 27-22
2010: Highlanders v Lions 39-29
2011: Highlanders v Lions 22-26
2014: Highlanders v Lions 23-22
2015: Lions v Highlanders, 28-23
2016: Highlanders v Lions, 34-15 & Lions v Highlanders (semi-final) 42-30

Honours Board:

Semi-Finalists: 2000, 2001
Finalists: 2016

Log Placings:

1996: 10th (Transvaal)
1997: 5th (Gauteng Lions)
1998: 12th
1999: 11th
2000: 4th
2001: 3rd
2002: 11th
2003: 12th
2004: 12th
2005: 11th
2006: 13th
2007: 12th
2008: 14th
2009: 12th
2010: 14th
2011: 14th
2012: 15th
2014: 12th
2015: 8th
2016: 2nd

Coaches:

1996: Kitch Christie & Ray Mordt (replaced by Alex Wyllie when Christie became unwell)
1997: Ray Mordt (convenor) & Titi Lupini
1998: Piet Kleynhans (convenor) & Gysie Pienaar
1999: Andre Markgraaf (convenor) & Dick Muir
2000: Laurie Mains (convenor), Balie Swart & Eric Sauls
2001: Laurie Mains (convenor) & Gysie Pienaar
2002: Frans Ludeke (convenor) & Gysie Pienaar
2003: Tim Lane (convenor), Ray Mordt & Stanley Raubenheimer
2004: Tim Lane (convenor), Chester Williams & Willie Meyer
2005: Chester Williams (convenor) & Johan Erasmus
2006: Frans Ludeke (convenor) & Allister Coetzee
2007: Eugene Eloff (convenor) & Leon Boshoff
2008: Eugene Eloff (convenor) & Leon Boshoff
2009: Eugene Eloff (convenor) & Leon Boshoff
2010: Dick Muir (convenor) & Johan Ackermann
2011: John Mitchell
2012: John Mitchell
2014: Johan Ackerman & Swys de Bruin
2015: Johan Ackermann
2016: Johan Ackermann

Captains:

1996: Francois Pienaar
1997: Ian MacDonald
1998: Jannie Strydom
1999: Johan Erasmus
2000: Johan Erasmus
2001: Johan Erasmus
2002: Andre Vos
2003: Bob Skinstad
2004: Jannes Labuschagne
2005: Wickus van Heerden
2006: Wickus van Heerden
2007: Andre Pretorius
2008: Ernst Joubert
2009: Cobus Grobbelaar
2010: Cobus Grobbelaar
2011: Josh Strauss
2012: Josh Strauss
2014: Warren Whiteley
2015: Warren Whiteley
2016: Warren Whiteley

 

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