Lions to offer Bees Roux Currie Cup contract

Bees Roux could return to South African rugby following his trial in 2011.

FILE: Bees Roux leaves the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on 30 August 2010. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Lions coach Johan Ackermann says the team is only willing to offer Bees Roux a short-term contract at this stage.

The controversial rugby player, who pleaded guilty to culpable homicide in 2011 after killing a metro police officer, has returned to South Africa and has been training with the Johannesburg union.

Ackermann says there is still a lot of work to do before Roux takes to the field.

"We'll offer him a contract for the Currie Cup, nothing longer at this stage because we still have to assess him. He hasn't played a game here in South Africa for a while and the scrum law has changed so he still needs to get used to that."

Ackermann says the Lions can expect a fired up Sharks unit this weekend.

He believes after going down at home in their first match, Brad Macleod-Henderson's troops will not want to suffer the same fate again this weekend.

"We know what to expect from the Sharks. They are a very physical side. It's going to be an interesting encounter. I think they will be quite desperate as it is a home game for them."

The game kicks off at 5:05pm at Kings Park Stadium on Saturday.

In another Currie Cup encounter, the Blue Bulls will take on the Griquas at Loftus Versfeld.

That game also kicks off at 5:05pm on Saturday.