• ‘Bulls turned their back on me’

    Lions newcomer Roelof Smit says he does not feel like former team the Vodacom Bulls treated him well.

    Smit came through the Bulls’ ranks and spent several years in Pretoria, but his promising career was dogged by injuries and limited game time.

    Ahead of the 2020 season, he has made the move across the Jukskei River to join the Lions. According to Netwerk24, Smit said there was a lack of communication at the Bulls.

    ‘I feel they didn’t treat me well. Yes, I did struggle with a few injuries but it felt as though the Bulls turned their back on me and simply did not want to give me any game time.’

    By contrast, the former Junior Springbok said he already felt at home at the Lions.

    ‘It feels as though I’ve been here for three years already. Things are done differently here at the Lions. Here we work hard at all levels… spiritually, physically and whatever level there is.

    ‘There was no communication at the Bulls and I felt as if I was in the dark there. I was just eager to play again this year after my comeback, but it was not to be…’

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