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Lions could reap benefits of avoiding knee jerk over 'Cash'

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Ivan van Rooyen. (Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile/Gallo Images)
Ivan van Rooyen. (Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile/Gallo Images)

If he had been an English football manager, there’s every likelihood Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen would have been shown the door unceremoniously after the latest edition of the domestic Currie Cup.

“Cash’s” charges ended bottom of the seven-team, round-robin standings in late August, behind even the traditionally lesser powers of the Pumas and surprise factor Griquas, with only two wins to show from 12 games (although they did fall victim to two cancellations in these unpredictable times for society).

That might have been deemed stark reason alone to ditch him after a mere two years at the tiller; he had been an unusual appointment as replacement for Swys de Bruin given his long-time focus on strength and conditioning and a background more as a sports scientist than specific rugby mastermind.

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