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Pretorius out for the season


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Lions on 17 Jun 2008 at 16:21

The Golden Lions will have to do without the services of injury-prone Springbok flyhalf André Pretorius for the entire Currie Cup, following a second round of foot surgery for the mercurial No.10.

Rugby 365 reports that the Lions, who lost 18-20 to the Cheetahs in last year’s Currie Cup Final, start their campaign when they host the Blue Bulls at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The World Cup-winning and 31-times capped Springbok, Pretorius, has not played since he injured his foot in South Africa’s tour to Wales in November last year. He underwent surgery and missed the entire Super 14 season, but now a second round of surgery has also ruled him out for the rest of the year.

Pretorius has suffered a succession of knee, ankle and foot injuries over the years, which has limited his international and domestic appearances since he made his Bok debut in 2002.

The Lions will also be without the services of fellow Boks Jaque Fourie and Joe van Niekerk, who are currently preparing with Peter de Villiers’s team in Cape Town for the one-off Test against Italy at Newlands on Saturday.

Fourie is currently also recovering from an elbow injury he suffered in the latter stages of the Super 14, while Van Niekerk could feature in the Bok team against Italy on Saturday.

They are expected to remain part of De Villiers’ Bok squad for the Tri-Nations series, which gets underway when South Africa face New Zealand in Wellington (New Zealand) on July 5.

However, the good news for the Lions is that Springbok utility back and former South African Sevens captain Jaco Pretorius has recovered from the bout of flu that ruled him out of last week’s compulsory friendly against an Eastern Cape XV and will take his place in the midfield against their Trans-Jukskei rivals the Bulls on Saturday.

Cobus Grobbelaar, who captained the Lions in the latter stages of the Super 14, is likely to again wear the leader’s armband in the extended absence of Ernst Joubert.



22 Comments

  • Why is Jaco Pretorius good news!??!

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.06.08 16:47:36 by Hmmm Reply
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  • extended absence of Ernst Joubert.

    Who just so happens to be in my Fantasy League squad. GAH!
    :twisted:

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.06.08 17:03:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • This is a shame..what could have been if not for all he’s injuries…

    Van Niekerk won’t be back in anycase he just used the Lions to kick start he’s ailing career and it worked.

    We just don’t seem to get ahead..always losing our best players to other unions and or injuries at the worst possible time.

    Boshoff if fit must be the #1 13 , with Venter on he’s inside.

    Hopefully Loffie can unearth a ball wrecking loosie before next years super14.

    I’d much rather have Rose at flyhalf than that other useless JacoV.

    The hits just keep on coming… :evil:

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.06.08 17:40:12 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 3) : stay strong… Jaco van Schalkwyk is good enough as a Currie Cup flyhalf. You guy just need to find someone for the Super 14 next year. What happened to the talk about Carlos Spencer?

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.06.08 17:51:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think Louis Strydom will play 10 for the Currie Cup

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.06.08 18:29:59 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • And just wanted to add that the news about AP came out on 6 June already…LOL!

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.06.08 18:34:19 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • What was the ‘compulsory friendly’ score?

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.06.08 19:17:22 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • I actually think that Jaco vS could be a pretty decent FH – he has just never been allowed to settle while the Lions keep on waiting on AP – time to move on and give the guy the 10 jersey and keep him there.

    He is a pretty skillful player, but he has suffered a similar fate to Ruan and Frans.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.06.08 19:23:01 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 7) : we posted an article about it… can’t really remember. Lions won, but not all that convincingly

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.06.08 19:26:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    It was 26-9, 4 tries to 0

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.06.08 19:28:11 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 10) : ok – so pretty convincing, then

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.06.08 19:34:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    I guess it was okay if you keep in mind that about 6 changes will be made for the Bulls game

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.06.08 19:47:14 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 12) : You seen the team on Bester’s site?

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.06.08 19:50:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :

    I have, but he often get’s it wrong

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.06.08 19:51:58 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 14) : He gets lots of stuff wrong, in my opinion

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.06.08 19:54:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • There is a press conference at EPS tomorrow where they will anounce the side and the squad for the CC, it’s at about 2pm so I will let you know when I get back from that what’s what.

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.06.08 19:55:50 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • I prefer to wait for the mail from the union before I post the team on my site…LOL!

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.06.08 19:56:47 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 16) : Thanks. Look forward to that

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.06.08 19:57:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • Here we go:

    Lions: 15 Earl Rose, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar(c), 5 Gerhard Mostert, 4 Dewald Senekal, 3 JC Janse van Rensburg, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
    Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Gert Muller, 18 Justin Wheeler, 19 Wilhelm Koch, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Jannie Boshoff, 22 Dusty Noble.

    And Ernst is out till early August

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.06.08 14:22:56 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 19) : thanks

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.06.08 14:25:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 19) :

    Pretty much their Super 14 team…. that’s why they do so well in the Currie Cup

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.06.08 14:29:12 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 21) :

    That’s right, only Gert Muller and Justin Wheeler didn’t play in the S14

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.06.08 14:31:20 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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