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Rejigged Lions have their skipper back


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super 14 on 26 Feb 2008 at 16:48

Lions coach Loffie Eloff has overhauled his back row in an attempt to win a vital home match against the Western Force on Friday night at Ellis Park.

There is a welcome return for Lions skipper Ernst Joubert, who takes over from the promising Franco van der Merwe at blindside flank. Joe van Niekerk replaces Willem Alberts at no 8 to complete a powerful looking trio with standout opensider Cobus “Baywatch” Grobbelaar.

In the only other change to the team, Willem Stoltz comes in at lock at the expense of Anton van Zyl.

The backline remains unchanged from the one that rolled over and played dead on Saturday, although there is a slight question mark over the fitness of outside centre, Jaco Pretorius.

Lions team:

15 Ludik, 14 Noble, 13 Pretorius, 12 la Grange, 11 Benjamin, 10 Strydom, 9 Vermaak, 8 van Niekerk, 7 Joubert (capt), 6 Grobbelaar, 5 Stoltz, 4 Mostert, 3 Geldenhuys, 2 Wepener, 1 H van der Merwe

16 Reynecke, 17 G-A van der Merwe, 18 F van der Merwe, 19 Albert, 20 Jonck, 21 Rose, 22 van Schalkwyk

Looking above, this team is starting to read like a bit of a van der Merwe joke. I wander if they’re all related?



42 Comments

  • Not sure what to make of this bunch.

    The pack looks stronger, I guess.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.02.08 16:55:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • Go Leeus. Hammer the Mitchell & Aussies!!! :mad:

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.02.08 16:58:26 by H.O. Reply

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  • why do they still persist with Strydom if Rose is meant to be the “form” flyhalf?

    Lawdy, it speaks volumes about their depth when Dusty Noble is given an extended run in the S14 team – I really thought he might be playing a spot of VC first…

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.02.08 16:58:36 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Heinke vdM stands out amidst the mediocrity.

    Any team starting with Droppies le Grange aint expecting to score tries.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.02.08 17:02:06 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Quinn – please check your mail, but consider that info “off the record” until I get the OK to make it known?

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.02.08 17:02:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Doppies scored a PEACH against Free State two weeks ago ;)

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.02.08 17:02:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • I saw that Rob, but he remains a revolving door in defence and as slow as canc- … he remains very slow.

    And to think that they have Thabang Molefe working on his tan somewhere…

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.02.08 17:06:37 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Yes mom ;)

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.02.08 17:08:01 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Molefe… he the dude that likes to step 14 times before he’s even reached the defender, much less the advantage line?

    Always confusing him with Michael Flatley, I am.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.02.08 17:09:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Quinny – that makes Bradley your brother ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.02.08 17:10:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • 26.02.08 17:09:27 – robdylan

    Hehehe!

    Ja, he looked underdone even at CC level; but look at his pedigree – you cant expect a player to excel when he gets no game time. This is relevant in a very wide context – you know what I mean.

    Trust me, that kid has talent.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.02.08 17:12:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • How bad was D(r)oppies this weekend? Quite pleased to say I didn’t see the game

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.02.08 17:14:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think all SA teams would have struggled against the Blues last weekend so don’t blame the poor Droppies alone.
    Sharks would have been cut to pieces too by the Blues.
    And also Cheetahs.
    Western Force is another kind of difficult hurdle.
    Hope Die Leeus smash them :razz:

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.02.08 17:16:57 by H.O. Reply

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  • I think the Lions can take the Force, assuming they manage to pick themselves up after the Blues debacle.

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.02.08 17:24:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Eugene Eloff has to do a psychological rebuilding on his men after the heavy beating suffered last week. All SA teams have the qualities to overcome everything. Even the Blou Bulle :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.02.08 17:27:41 by H.O. Reply

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  • Dont agree Rob – the Force are still hitting their straps, and the Lions have a team that would struggle in the CC, leave alone the S14.

    I’ll make by call here – Force to take it by a decent margin.

    HO, Im not blaming Droppies alone, but I cant understand why someone like Molefe is vegetating at the Lions.

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.02.08 17:30:25 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Fish – I’m not making the mistake of NOT picking the Force to win this week.

    Man, the good ship SA is a leaky old ship these days. Sharks can’t afford to lose ANY games now

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.02.08 17:31:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Big Fish
    I agree Molefe shouldn’t be around anymore.
    Ask robdylan my email address, write me and I shall tell you my complete opinion on this matter OK? :smile:

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.02.08 17:36:19 by H.O. Reply

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  • from the official Lions website:

    Thabang Molefe (Center)
    Molefe is an intelligent young player, who after having done a meritorious job of leading Kimberley Boys High for three years, went on to represent the Bulls in 2004 and 2005 where they won the Currie Cup both years. Molefe made a great impression at the U/21 World Cup where he was nominated for the IRB awards. Molefe is a talented player who will be making his Super 14 debut this year, and there is little doubt that he will soon be wearing Springbok colours.

    farcical :roll:

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.02.08 17:39:32 by H.O. Reply

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  • what ever happened to Walter Venter, he looked good vs the Sharks in the CC semi last year?

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.02.08 17:44:41 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • so did Louis Strydom.

    Freaky match that

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.02.08 17:48:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • on my 30th birthday as well. Kak birthday present from the Lions team.

    An even worse one from the Sharks,

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.02.08 17:50:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • lol, true.

    actually watched that game in Joburg. Sharks were already behind when we walked in, was expecting plenty of abuse…only to discover that 99% of the pub was supporting the Sharks…

    lmao

    am I too presumptious in assuming that most “ware Leeu ondersteuners” are from the Oos-Rand?

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.02.08 17:51:22 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • look that is one of the frustrations of being a Shark supporter… (besides the choking in finals)…when we play badly we play BADLY.
    Think 54-5, 62-6, & those are just the SA stuffings.

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.02.08 17:52:55 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • 54-5?

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.02.08 17:55:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • 1994

    Lion Cup (remember that) game vs the Bulls…. or was it just a CC game. Hmmm, one of those scorelines was the Lion Cup final.

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.02.08 17:57:21 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • (54-5 was definitely a legacy of Noel-O)

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.02.08 17:57:43 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • 62-6 was the Lion Cup final in 91… Uli scored a hat trick.

    We beat Northerns 54-15 earlier that year

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.02.08 18:01:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Le Requinny

    1994 Currie Cup match
    Transvaal 57 Northern Transvaal 13 :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.02.08 18:01:38 by H.O. Reply

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  • 54-15 was the (in)famous match where Guy Kebble broke Jan Lock

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.02.08 18:11:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • aaargh

    I’m sure there is a Mazda scoreline NOT in our favour (in addition to 62-6)

    Oh well, my posts look like senile ramblings so I’ll stop right now.

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.02.08 18:13:55 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • you’re not old enough to be senile, Q ;)

  • Comment 32, posted at 26.02.08 18:14:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • Doppies can break a line, its just his defense of the lion that i worrying, same for earl rose and with the force’s attack, they better have their act right. on the plus side, hopefully the pack wont get brushed aside, pack looks a bit more experienced, but might have gone for stoltz at 4 and the fit van zyl at 5. anyway loffie has tried to boulster the pack as best as possible.

  • Comment 33, posted at 26.02.08 18:16:42 by cab Reply

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  • cabboooo! Wassup, chap?

  • Comment 34, posted at 26.02.08 18:18:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • howzit rob,
    am dissapointed bulls have bakkies back for sat, that will sttrenthen them by 50%.

  • Comment 35, posted at 26.02.08 18:24:58 by cab Reply

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  • don’t worry, dude… somehow I don’t think Bakkies will be concentrating 100% as he should.

    Dreaming of the French Riviera, perhaps?

  • Comment 36, posted at 26.02.08 18:27:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • lol, perhaps, hell, talk about a series of blows, first spies injured, then gary botha, then matfield, then there other two locks and now the biggest bully boy of them all, bakkies.
    wish bakkies would go to the sharks, imagine him at 4 with muller at 5 and habana running on the wing. bugger the crusaders that team would cook.

  • Comment 37, posted at 26.02.08 18:32:05 by cab Reply

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  • I think you just picked the Bok team ;)

  • Comment 38, posted at 26.02.08 18:35:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • I would really like to see the Lions win this one – but don’t know.

  • Comment 39, posted at 26.02.08 20:03:04 by Nessa Reply

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  • I missed the match on Sat but from the reports I’ve read and listening to the game on rsg Im rather sure that the same outcome would have been against any other SA side.
    SA sides seem a bit slow on the uptake with defence of the new laws that provides more attacking opportunities.
    I suspected that this would be a problem what many forget is that almost all kiwi and Aus kids grow up playing league , especially touch league and so they have it ingrained in them to attack off 1st phase ball that is quickly recycled.
    If the laws remain the same it will be a while before any SA side gets the better of such play.

    In saying that slipping tackles and dropping the ball with the line bekoning does not help the cause.

    I just hope Loffie can get the guys up for the match against the Force cause we need to win this one at Home before dare I say it a Looooong away trip.

  • Comment 40, posted at 26.02.08 20:07:35 by csb Reply

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  • I think if the Lions can get their act together after last weeks thrashing – they can beat the Force. They are one of the few SA teams (other than mine of course) that I have faith in.

  • Comment 41, posted at 26.02.08 20:14:20 by Nessa Reply

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  • If I were the oppo coach I would target the 13/14 channel!

  • Comment 42, posted at 26.02.08 23:55:16 by JT Reply

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