Lions under injury cloud

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 12 Mar 2008 at 06:00

Eugene Eloff may be forced to make some changes to his team to face the Sharks as a result of injuries sustained in last weekend’s bludgeon-fest at Loftus Versveld.

Flyhalf Louis Strydom is definitely out and will be on the sidelines for the better part of the next month. The former Falcons pivot has really struggled to stamp his authority on the game at this level and his unavailability may well force the Lions to blood someone with more potential. It seem as though Jaco van Schalkwyk will be the man entrusted with the job and this may bode well for the Joburg team. The man from the Free State has put in some decent performance in the number 10 shirt over the years, although he has never been afforded an extended run in the position.

Of more concern will be the doubts around Cobus “Baywatch” Grobbelaar. The talismanic opensider has been huge for the Lions so far this year, as he has for the last two seasons (yet somehow, bafflingly, always missed out on higher honours). Baywatch has a bruised hip and should he fail to recover, youngster Wilhelm Koch will make his Super Rugby debut in the number 6 shirt. Thinking about the dual fetching threat posed by the Sharks flankers, Eloff is certain to be holding thumbs and crossing fingers that Grobbelaar will be passed fit.

The news in the Sharks camp is far better, as BJ Botha (the only serious injury doubt after the win over the Blues) should apparently be fit. Deon Carstens, AJ Venter and Ruan Pienaar should all return to the selection frame this week, giving Dick Muir a veritable smörgåsbord of options from which to choose.


  • I’ve added a video clip of the Lions 2nd try against the Bulls from last Friday’s match, go have a look.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.03.08 09:05:32 by walter van Reply
    walter van Lions WorldCurrie Cup player
  • thanks Walter. Good stuff.

    Any news on Baywatch?

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.03.08 09:07:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Only the Lions know why they insist on playing a sub-par flyhalf like Strydom above a genuine talent like van Schalkwyk, who is very exciting. Its just unfortunate that he gets a go against my own team. :neutral:

    Baywatch is good, but there is nothing baffling about him not making higher honours yet – we have a surfeit of good loosies in SA, and Jake had a particular type of combination in mind.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.03.08 09:11:36 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Fish, you don’t have exclusivity when it comes to that penchant for hyperbole, ya know!

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.03.08 09:19:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • And you dont have exclusivity when it comes to crtitting an article ya know!


  • Comment 5, posted at 12.03.08 09:31:25 by Big Fish Reply
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  • 15. Terblanche
    14. Ndungane
    13. Murray
    12. Jacobs
    11. Petersen
    10. Steyn
    9. Pienaar
    8. Deysel
    7. Botes
    6. Daniel
    5. Muller
    4. Venter
    3. J. Du Plessis
    2. Burden
    1. Mtawarira

    16. BJ Botha
    17. B. Du Plessis
    18. Van Den Berg
    19. Sykes
    20. Kankowski
    21. Kockott
    22. Barritt

    12.03.08 07:53:45 – Charlie

    looks like a sensible team, Charlie. In line with a lot of the comments I’ve heard from the coaches.

    Did your “special friend” give you that lineup?

    12.03.08 07:58:41 – robdylan

    I think giving Craig B and Adi starts makes a hell of a lot of sense as well

    12.03.08 08:01:21 – robdylan

    No, Rob surely my own preferences… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.03.08 09:39:26 by Charlie Reply

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  • I’m still waiting for the team from the union, but the word is that Strydom is also out for about a month, so it’s pretty certain that Jaco van Schalkwyk will start at 10. I’m a bit surprised that we haven’t pulled Roland Bernard in, he is also a good fetcher and perhaps a bit small under the old ruiles, the ELV’s suit him.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.03.08 09:42:31 by walter van Reply

    walter van Lions WorldCurrie Cup player
  • walter are you wearing a sharks or lions jersey on saturday. or a lions under a sharks jersey like da bulls supporters?

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.03.08 10:34:34 by try time Reply

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  • Dont you have a year end to attend to??? :wink:

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.03.08 10:38:11 by Ice Reply
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  • i was taking a break from mundane bank recons.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.03.08 10:52:59 by try time Reply

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  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.03.08 11:03:30 by Ice Reply
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  • finance speak!its always month end and the recon is always a balls up, thats just an IT view on things.

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.03.08 11:21:17 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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