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Lions in a must-win game against Reds


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Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super 14 on 19 Mar 2008 at 15:50
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Coach Eugene Eloff named an unchanged side to face the Reds at Ellis Park this Saturday. The players did well against the Sharks last Saturday, and if it wasn’t for a few critical errors the result might have been different. The match kicks off at 17:00.

The Lions will take heart from the fact that they managed to look respectable against the Sharks in their last game, while the Reds will obviously fancy their chances after pulling off a shock win against the defending Super 14 champions, the Bulls, in Brisbane in their last game.

The Lions will be hoping that home-ground advantage, altitude and the fact that the Reds had to travel to SA, tilt the game in their favour, and they are basically in a position where it is a must-win game for them, having won only one of their first five games and currently on a four game losing streak.

Last year the Lions won 26-20 in Brisbane, but the Reds were horrible last year and finished the year in 14th place on the log, this year they are sitting pretty in 8th place.

The Lions aimed for a top half finish at the start of the season, something that already looks unlikely to happen as that means that they have to win at least 5 of their last 8 matches.

Teams:

Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Dusty Noble, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Ryno Benjamin, 10 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Joe van Niekerk, 7 Ernst Joubert(c), 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Anton Van Zyl, 4 Gerhard Mostert, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Rudi Vogt, 22 Jannie Boshoff.

Reds: 15. Chris Latham, 14. Clinton Schifcofske, 13. Morgan Tirinui, 12. Berrick Barnes, 11. Peter Hynes, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Sam Cordingley(c), 8. Leroy Houston, 7. Poutasi Luafutu, 6. John Roe, 5. James Horwill, 4. Van Humphries, 3. Dayna Edwards, 2. Sean Hardman, 1. Greg Holmes.
Replacements: 16. Stephen Moore, 17. Rodney Blake, 18. Ed O’Donoghue, 19. David Croft, 20. Ben Lucas, 21. Brando Va’aulu, 22. Scott Higginbotham.



23 Comments

  • I think every game is a must win now for the Lions, even just to gain parity. :oops:

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.03.08 19:01:05 by LD Reply
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  • Go Lions!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.03.08 19:25:46 by Nessa Reply
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  • Lions are gonna stuff these chumps. Go LIONS!

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.03.08 21:21:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • I sure hope so rob.

    we really need the bulls, lions and cheaters to pick up some points if only to make life a bit easier for the two decent SA sides… :cool:

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.03.08 21:46:06 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Sharks and Wildebeest?

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.03.08 22:00:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • Buddy I think I should just warn you in advance.

    It does look as if the stormers have started to turn the corner.

    If Rassie carries on like this we might just be headed back to the glory days of the 80s… be afraid… be very afraid…

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.03.08 22:10:22 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • At least we won’t underestimate them after what they did to the Bulls last week!

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.03.08 22:10:45 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • I agree, Vin. I’m actually quite chuffed with how they’re coming on. Playing some beautiful rugby as well

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.03.08 22:29:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • now if only sky would show a few more games… I live in hope…

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.03.08 22:56:30 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Vin, I have a workaround for that

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.03.08 23:03:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • you got of dem sling boxes rob?

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.03.08 23:19:01 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • hey hook me up with the url robbie!

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.03.08 23:19:28 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • I’ll mail you tomorrow. You still need to use mediazone or kuduclub, but go through a non-UK proxy

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.03.08 23:21:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • you might need to be quite explicit in that email robbo…

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.03.08 23:43:00 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • I realise this! I’ll phone you rather

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.03.08 23:57:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • I want to believe… some big locks coming through the Aus ranks all of a sudden… all 2m plus… whilst we seem to be shrinking…

    Reds just have the edge over Lions IMO… their backs are more dynamic and scrums are just about even when considering all 8… so hoping home advantage makes a wee difference… (read hoping driving through little Nigeria scares the fark out of them)… :shock:

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.03.08 07:43:39 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • if the Lions play with the same intensity they showed last week, they should win this, Reds arent the Sharks…Benjamin and Jaco owe them a big game

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.03.08 07:44:05 by spykerbaard Reply

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  • “Benjamin and Jaco owe them a big game”

    You got that right in one… :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.03.08 07:49:57 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • mornin Bryce, are you picking the Reds?

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.03.08 08:11:04 by spykerbaard Reply

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  • I really can’t decide yet SB… I think I’ll pick the Reds… if they take it… I’ll catch up a much needed point or two on most… if the Lions win I’ll be stoked… win-win really…lol!

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.03.08 08:22:14 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • I guess it’s going to be a close game, but the Lions need the win to try and get off the bottom of the log. We need to play with intensity right from the start though.

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.03.08 08:28:48 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Walter, i like Loffies ‘no excuses now, the boys just have to go out and win’ attitude… i think they’ve got the determination and the capability… good luck

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.03.08 08:40:56 by spykerbaard Reply

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  • tend to agree with Bryce, the reds are looking very good, they were unlucky not to beat the stormers too imo, but this is the last lions game at home, so hopefully the lions can win it.

    Scrum will be very ineresting, reds are bizarrely looking the strongest oz scrum in some while – suppose the Tahs always put out a decent scrum.

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.03.08 10:49:53 by cab Reply

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