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Grobler on Standby for Lions call to Aus – UPDATED


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 15 Apr 2008 at 06:51

Lions lock forward Anton van Zyl may have to return from the team’s Super 14 rugby tour of Australasia because of a calf muscle injury.

Hennie Brandt reports in Beeld that Van Zyl will undergo a scan on Tuesday to determine how serious the injury is. If there is a tear in the muscle, he will be on his way home before the Lions play the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

The Lions, entrenched at the bottom of the Super 14 points table, suffered their seventh successive defeat last Saturday when log-leading Crusaders beat them in Christchurch.

Coach Eugene Eloff said on Monday, after the team had arrived back in Sydney, a final decision about Van Zyl would be taken as soon as the results of the scan became available.

Van Zyl was due to be on the bench against the Crusaders but was withdrawn last Friday and replaced by Wilhelm Koch.

“Cobus Grobler has been told to be on standby if Anton has to be replaced,” Eloff said, adding that Franco van der Merwe could also be switched to the lock forward position.

The Lions had a good workout in a Christchurch gymnasium before departing for Australia.

Earlier, everyone had watched television coverage of Trevor Immelman’s victory in the US Masters golf championship.

“It was unbelievable to see how well he played,” Eloff said, adding that the Lions remained positive after last week’s defeat. The team spirit was good, he said.

“The Waratahs are a good team and they’re playing good rugby. But we want to win on this tour and we have three matches in which to do so.”

Update: News 24 has meanwile revealed that The Lions have sent an SOS to the versatile Earl Rose and lock Cobus Grobler from Sydney. The duo are set to fly out to Australia to replace the injured Anton van Zyl and Justin St Jerry.

Van Zyl, one of the stalwarts of the Lions’ Currie Cup campaign last season, injured his calf muscle and had to withdraw from the bench before kick-off in Christchurch against the Crusaders last weekend. St Jerry was concussed in the same match.

With a lack of depth at flyhalf with Andre Pretorius and Louis Strydom not fit to tour and Jaco van Schalkwyk also nursing a niggling injury, the Lions have decided to replace St Jerry – a wing – with Rose.

Rose has just recovered from injury and might even be asked to play a role in the match against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

Grobler has been playing Vodacom Cup rugby for the Lions and while he hasn’t been on form, he has enough experience at Super 14 level.

His unavailability will mean that Alten Hulme will probably partner Willem Stoltz when the Lions meet the Blue Bulls in their Vodacom Cup quarter-final at Loftus in Pretoria next Friday evening.



17 Comments

  • Ethienne Reynecke send me updates from Aus/NZ, go to this page to have a look http://www.transvaal.co.za/ettasupdate.asp

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.04.08 08:48:27 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
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  • The Lions had a good workout in a Christchurch gymnasium

    Wow!!! :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.04.08 08:48:52 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply
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  • BS

    The workout was televised LIVE. Didn’t you see it. :wink:

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.04.08 08:53:40 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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    Looked like the Saders did all the running to me…

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.04.08 09:40:27 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply
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  • Did you guys see the Lions vs Boland Vodacom Cup match last Friday? Cobus Grobler had a haircut, it took me about half the match to work out who he was…LOL!

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.04.08 10:28:07 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
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  • Walter – I also noticed that.

    It’s a pity… his trademark is gone

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.04.08 10:32:35 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • This just in from the Lions:

    Please be advised that due to injuries sustained in the Auto & General
    Super 14 Lions vs. Crusaders game this past weekend, the following
    players will be returning to South Africa within the next few days:

    Justin St. Jerry – Concussion
    Anton van Zyl – Calf injury

    They will be replaced by Earl Rose and Cobus “Varkhond” Grobler, who
    will be flying to Australia tomorrow (Wednesday) evening.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.04.08 10:33:14 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Bugger. Bad news for Worms and Justin.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.04.08 10:34:12 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • pity thought the mostert/van zyl combination was starting to show some promise.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.04.08 10:40:37 by cab Reply

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  • Van Zyl didn’t play on Saturday, he was on the bench but withdrew and his place was taken by Wilhelm Koch. Dewald Senekal had his first start for the Lions and I think he did well.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.04.08 10:44:19 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • I’ve said this before and here it happens again.

    I will recognise any S14 player in the current squads with the exception of the Lions guys. It happens year after year and I have no idea why that is though.

    Who is Justin St. Jerry?

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.04.08 10:45:31 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • He made his S14 debut on Saturday, so I can’t fault you for not recognising him. He is a Centre, from Monument Hoërskool, looked okay in the first few Vodacom Cup matches he played this year.

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.04.08 10:49:20 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Walter

    How old is he? Has he been doing u/21 duty or has he gone straight to VC and S14 from school?

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.04.08 10:52:15 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Stats from SA Rugby:

    Honours:
    2004/5 – Golden Lions U/18 Cravenweek
    2005 – SA U19 Trials

    Full Name Justin
    Surname St Jerry
    Height 183cm
    Weight 90kg
    Birth Date 14 January 1987
    Birth City Grabouw
    Marital Status Single
    Favourite Film 300
    Favourite Music R&B,Rap
    Favourite Food Pasta,Braaivleis
    Primary School Pineview Primary
    Secondary School Monument High

    Monument obviously “bought” him from the Cape…quite a few Lions schools do this now.

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.04.08 10:52:56 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • From what I can remember he started this season on the bench for the Vodacom Cup side…but made an impact every time he came on, and later on in the season started. He is 21.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.04.08 10:55:37 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • cool thanks.

    It’s not just the Lions schools that do that though. There a quite a few schools who employ “scouts” nowadays.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.04.08 10:56:52 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Lots of competition at Centre for him though, Walter Venter, Doppies la Grange, Jaque Fourie, Jaco Pretorius, Jannie Boshoff…competition is good, as long as the players don’t leave when they don’t make the side.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.04.08 11:10:30 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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