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Jaque Fourie starts against the Chiefs


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 7 May 2008 at 14:39

The Auto & General Super 14 Lions have announced their side to take on the Chiefs in Saturday’s Vodacom Super 14 encounter at Ellis Park Stadium at 5.05pm.

The GLRU reports that flank Cobus Grobbelaar Captains a well-balanced side that welcomes Springbok Jaque Fourie back at outside centre where he partners Walter Venter who has been in great form all season. In other changes, Willem Alberts comes into the side at eighthman which sees Joe van Niekerk shifting from the back of the scrum where he played in last week’s match against the Hurricanes to flank and Louis Ludik takes over from Jannie Boshoff on the wing, Boshoff moving to the bench.

The team returned from a long overseas trip this weekend after five gruelling matches on foreign soil, with coach Eugene “Loffie” Eloff expressing his disappointment at the run of form. “I am disappointed with the outcome of our Super 14 campaign so far and am trying to think what the reasons can be,” he said. “We’re not looking for excuses, and the one thing that comes up is that just maybe we had the high expectations from our team this year, given the fact that we won 5 matches last year and played in the Currie Cup final.”

Obviously the loss of senior, experienced players like Andre Pretorius, Jaque Fourie and captain Ernst Joubert has not helped their cause, and the return of Fourie in the backline should hopefully give the Jo’Burg side a more settled-look as well as his ability to penetrate and break the shackles of the opposition defence.

The home side are looking for a morale-boosting win that will go a long way towards regaining their pride, while the visiting Chiefs side, currently in fifth place on the log, are looking to secure a top four finish. The Auto & General Super 14 Lions could do both themselves and the Sharks a huge favour by beating the Waikato-based side and South Africans supporting all five teams will be behind the Auto & General Super 14 Lions on Saturday.

TEAM:
15. Earl Rose
14. Louis Ludik
13. Jaque Fourie
12. Walter Venter
11. Ryno Benjamin
10. Jaco van Schalkwyk
9. Jano Vermaak
8. Willem Alberts
7. Joe van Niekerk
6. Cobus Grobbelaar (Captain)
5. Gerhard Mostert
4. Dewald Senekal
3. JC Janse van Rensburg
2. Willie Wepener
1. Heinke van der Merwe

Reserves:
16. Ethienne Reynecke
17. Ross Geldenhuys
18. Franco van der Merwe
19. Wilhelm Koch
20. Chris Jonck
21. Jannie Boshoff
22. Dusty Noble



26 Comments

  • I hope Fourie makes the difference needed.

    Go Lions !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.05.08 14:42:24 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • this IS good news!

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.05.08 14:44:39 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • great news, but missing the two Pretorius’ before will see any noticable difference.

    Venter looks ok but rose, benjamin and our tight 5 are pretty damn ordinary.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.05.08 14:50:15 by cab Reply

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  • I’m worried that Jaque is rushed back so quick…it might have been better to start him on the bench?

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.05.08 15:11:26 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Cab…our tight 5 isn’t that bad..I think they’ve done their bit for us..the big problem for us started at 10…I don’t think Jaco worked as the stand-in 10

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.05.08 15:13:43 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • yes Walter, thats probably more correct. not a fan of jaco at 10.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.05.08 15:23:54 by cab Reply

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  • How does Rose manage to stay on the team sheet :?: :?: :?: :roll:

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.05.08 15:42:05 by Ollie Reply

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  • Rose had a shocker last week but his unpredictble play sometimes works in our favour…remember a few weeks back he played off the bench and scored 2 tries.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.05.08 15:46:26 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • nevermind him – what is Benjamin doing back in the team?

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.05.08 15:46:42 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Walter, seems like the splinters in his ass make him a better player :-)

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.05.08 15:48:15 by Ollie Reply

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  • looks like Loffie is revolving the 2 wings

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.05.08 15:48:52 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • What’s wrong with Boshoff and Noble as the wings, with Ludik at 15?

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.05.08 15:54:18 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Glad to see Mossie back. We will need him against Wales and usually dont need to many matches to hit his form.

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.05.08 16:05:27 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • #12 I think Noble is a bit average, I think Benjamin is slightly better

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.05.08 17:27:06 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Noble has always been too slow… kinda why the Sharks got rid of him.

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.05.08 17:32:43 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I dunno about Mossie hey.

    I’ve just seen too many players trying to retuirn to the game and never quite hit their straps again.

    Thinking of Chester, Skinstad, Willemse, Snyman, Pretorius etc etc etc.

    Doesnt exactly inspire confidence… and he’s playing in a seriously ordinary team…

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.05.08 19:01:25 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Walter

    2 weeks ago benjamin was confirmed as the player with the worst handling record in the S14 this season…………I have no idea how he can be played ahead of Noble.

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.05.08 19:31:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Noble’s hands are surely better ;)

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.05.08 20:08:33 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Expect the Gary Owens to rain down all night on the ‘wife-beater’!

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.05.08 08:38:05 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • #17 the times that he does manage to catch the ball without dropping it he looks better than Noble…I know it’s not often!

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.05.08 08:50:36 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • If there ever was one damn match that these useless bunch of kittens had to win its this one…

    Note to Rose : Show some goddamn urgency in your play and if you gonna try pull a Spencer then be sure that you a)catch the ball first b) be sure that its not on our TRYLINE!!!!

    What a dissapointing season

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.05.08 09:17:06 by csb Reply

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  • Had high hopes for Jaco and Ryno… both disappointed…

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.05.08 09:20:24 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Some highlights is that a few players put up their hands this year, Willie Wepener really lifted his game, JC janse van Rensburg and Ross Geldenhuys look capable at tighthead and will only get better. Dewald Senekal at lock is also impressive. Walter Venter at 12 is probably our find of the season.

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.05.08 10:46:10 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • I like Venter a lot.

    Senekal was with the Sharks squad a year or so ago and didn’t make the cut. Perhaps we should have persevered.

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.05.08 10:58:13 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • VCS Mossie & Petoors do this season after season. He did not play much before the 2007 WC and was sharp in no time. The last one against the Stormers will tell if he is ready for Wales.

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.05.08 15:24:29 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • it also won’t take much for Mossie to look VERY GOOD relative to his teammates :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.05.08 15:27:17 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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