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Lions smell a Rat


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Stormers, Super 14 on 15 May 2008 at 08:27

The Lions are not convinced that veteran Springbok Ollie le Roux won’t be playing for the Stormers in their Super 14 rugby match at Ellis Park on Saturday.

But whether Le Roux plays or not, the spectators can look forward to a mighty front-row battle – between former team-mates Heinke van der Merwe and Brian Mujati.

Hennie Brandt writes in Beeld that the contest between Mujati, who now plays at tighthead prop for the Stormers, and Van der Merwe could have an important influence on the result of a match that the Stormers must win to qualify for a semi-final.

When the Lions heard on Wednesday that Le Roux had not been considered for the Stormers team because of a calf muscle injury they took the news with a pinch of salt.

“Everyone knows (Stormers coach) Rassie Erasmus. He likes to spring surprises,” said Leon Boshoff, coach of the Lions pack. “Rassie needs Ollie to get the Stormers into the semi-finals.

“If Ollie plays on Saturday he will try to intimidate the Lions. That’s why it’s nice to know Marius Jonker will be the referee. He will see what’s happening.”

Le Roux has been training with the Stormers because the Cape side have a problem as a result of JD Moller’s injury. Schalk Ferreira was named as loosehead prop on Wednesday.

Strong and weak points

“We’re not preparing to play against Ollie or any other prop,” Lions coach Eugene Eloff said.

“We focus on scrumming well, no matter against whom we play. I’m not running to get the newspapers every day to see who will play against us.”

Boshoff, who used to play Super rugby with Erasmus when they were both in the Cats team, said the Lions knew Mujati’s strong and weak points.

Mujati and Van der Merwe, both 23-years-old, made their Currie Cup debut for the Lions in a match against the Sharks in 2006. They were also Super 14 partners last year.

The combination broke up when Mujati left for Cape Town early this year.

Boshoff said Mujati had learnt to scrum at the Lions. “He is a good player and it was a big loss when he went to Cape Town. He and Heinke will have a huge battle.”

Boshoff, a former Transvaal and Cats hooker, feels the Lions’ forwards have been improving in every match. They were outstanding against the Chiefs last week.

“The guys are starting to do well because they’ve been working together for some time.

“We have two young props and our lock forwards have a different style to that of the Stormers’ locks.

“And in Willem Alberts, Joe van Niekerk en Cobus Grobbelaar we have loose forwards who know and complement each other,” Boshoff said.



17 Comments

  • Pardon :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.05.08 08:49:06 by PJLD Reply
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  • Ollie will play IMO and end up costing the Stormers something…………..

    Something about karma and As my dad would say “Die Blinde Sambok”…………….

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.05.08 08:53:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I’ve heard of people calling Ollie a lot of things…but RAT???

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.05.08 09:20:50 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • Leon Boshoff. At least we know who the Lions forward coach is.

    One to watch for the future.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.05.08 09:46:58 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • It’s only Ollie. :roll: You’d think he can kick 60m drops/penalties against the wind, has blistering speed off the mark and a sidestep that leaves opponents confused for days by the amount of press he seems to be getting. :grin:

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.05.08 10:04:09 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 5) : Doesn’t he? Shit… I must stop reading Keo…

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.05.08 10:12:20 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.05.08 10:14:58 by PJLD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 4) :

    You could have asked?
    Wimpie Vermeulsen is the backs coach, and the CEO assured me that he (Wimpie) has the respect of the players.

    The fitness coach is Gerhard Jordaan

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.05.08 10:17:47 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Comment 5 & 6

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.05.08 10:18:49 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 5) :

    You forgot to mention that Ollie does all of this using just one hand as he’s got a burger in the other hand.. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.05.08 10:22:16 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 8) : Thanks… we were discussing it the other day… didn’t occur to me to ask you ;)

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.05.08 10:23:15 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • He should be called Super Ollie really. :roll:

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.05.08 10:25:23 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • Didnt Loffie, just Tuesday past, say they weren’t going to concern themselves with Rassie’s mind games?

    If the concentration span and determination of the staff is so short no wonder the Lions are in chaos?

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.05.08 11:18:25 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 13) :

    Hennie Brandt must have phoned Loffie and asked for his comments…so I don’t think your comment is fair.

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.05.08 11:23:12 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 14) :

    lol. Yeah thats agreed. Just having a pop in the lead-up to the game…

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.05.08 11:25:04 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Yeh….a wind blowing rat….blowing out of it’s………………………………..

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.05.08 12:16:20 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 4) :

    Yeh….he did well with a whole bunch of no-names…

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.05.08 12:17:44 by Hmmm Reply

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