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Xerox Lions to take on Bulls


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Lions on 18 Jun 2008 at 14:29

The Xerox Lions host the Vodacom Blue Bulls in their opening Absa Currie Cup match on Saturday 21 June at Ellis Park Stadium (5.15pm kick-off) in one of the most mouth-watering clashes of the season.

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This derby match is not for the faint-hearted as the two physical sides battle it out for supremacy, and an exciting and interesting tussle is to be expected. The Xerox Lions lost at the final hurdle in last year’s Absa Currie Cup and will look to go one better, having had a disappointing Super 14 season and will be focused and intent on making amends.

Neighbours, the Vodacom Blue Bulls, were knocked out in the Currie Cup semis last year, and after winning the 2007 Vodacom Super 14 and dropping to 10th spot this year, they too will be going all out to salvage their pride. These are two teams that have a lot to prove and that adds to the flavour of the match.

A strong Xerox Lions side has been chosen by coach Eugene Eloff and differs little from the Super 14 squad. With continuity possible, it affords the coach the opportunity to keep momentum and get the season off to a good start.

With the Springboks playing Italy at 3pm on Saturday, screening of the Test will take place on the big screen in the stadium as well as in the beer garden so there is no excuse not to turn out to support the team.

Fans are urged to come early to get parking and enjoy the day’s festivities which include competitions and giveaways in the stadium.

Xerox Lions:

15. Earl Rose
14. Louis Ludik
13. Jaco Pretorius
12. Walter Venter
11. Ryno Benjamin
10. Jaco van Schalkwyk
9. Jano Vermaak
8. Willem Alberts
7. Franco van der Merwe
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. Gert Muller
18. Anton van Zyl / Justin Wheeler
19. Wilhelm Koch
20. Chris Jonck
21. Jannie Boshoff
22. Dusty Noble

Here is the full Lions squad for the Currie Cup:

1. Willem Alberts

2. Ryno Benjamin

3. Jannie Boshoff

4. Ross Geldenhuys

5. Heinrich Gordon

6. Cobus Grobbelaar

7. JC Janse van Rensburg

8. Chris Jonck

9. Ernst Joubert

10. Michael Killian

11. Wilhelm Koch

12. Doppies la Grange

13. Louis Ludik

14. Derick Minnie

15. Gerhard Mostert

16. Gert Muller

17. Dusty Noble

18. Jaco Pretorius

19. Ethienne Reynecke

20. Earl Rose

21. Jody Rose

22. Dewald Senekal

23. Justin St. Jerry

24. Louis Strydom

25. Francois Uys

26. Franco van der Merwe

27. Heinke van der Merwe

28. Jaco van Schalkwyk

29. Anton van Zyl

30. Walter Venter

31. Jano Vermaak

32. Willie Wepener

33. Justin Wheeler



28 Comments

  • ROOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR !!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m having beef tonight !

    :cool:

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.06.08 14:37:18 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 1) : keep your sex life outta this! ;)

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.06.08 14:39:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Tough call, a team that has played together all Super 14 (albeit finishing in last place) versus a team that has a lot of injuries and Bok call-ups….

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.06.08 14:39:29 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Xerox??? what happened to A&G….was that only Super 14?

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.06.08 14:41:38 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 4) : yeah – two different naming sponsors… clever ;)

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.06.08 14:43:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 4) :

    Yes, Xerox is the Currie Cup sponsor and A & G the Super 14 sponsor

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.06.08 14:43:39 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 6) : and both are paying top dollar

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.06.08 14:45:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    Clever Xerox………not so sure about the deal A&G are getting

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.06.08 14:45:28 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    The A&G deal was R30m for three years.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.06.08 14:46:58 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • And I think we will spend a fair portion of that for a World Class Flyhalf for next year….

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.06.08 14:48:48 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 10) :

    Amongst other players too I hope..just a flyhalf won’t cut it..Maybe even a Fijian import for the wing position that knows how to catch a ball would be a good start.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.06.08 14:51:24 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 10) :

    Hey the Sharks can give you a good deal on a brilliant little Frenchman if you like? (As always we will throw in an international prop that cost us millions – for free) ;)

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.06.08 14:52:32 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 12) :

    Is the prop a LH or TH?

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.06.08 14:57:04 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 13) : he can be anything you want him to be ;)

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.06.08 15:00:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • LH but supposedly he can play both sides….

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.06.08 15:01:04 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • And if he is a foreigner can we get a valid work permit as well?

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.06.08 15:06:51 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 16) :

    :) …. he has been here so long he qualifies for a pension …..Oom Rudi orgainsed it

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.06.08 15:10:01 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Dont have 1 Lion in my fantasy league team

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.06.08 15:11:23 by PJLD Reply
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  • Ok wait i lie!

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.06.08 15:13:31 by PJLD Reply
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  • We’re covered at LH with Heinke and JC, it’s at TH where we are thin

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.06.08 15:13:56 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 20) :

    Most teams in the world are thin in that department…..

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.06.08 15:16:02 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 18) :

    We will do well in the CC so you should have picked a few

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.06.08 15:16:13 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 22) : Is ONE regarded as a few?

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.06.08 15:50:57 by blackshark Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 22) : 2

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.06.08 15:52:58 by PJLD Reply
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  • I’ve got 11

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.06.08 11:21:57 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 25) : that’s what I like!

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.06.08 11:25:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 25) : That’s optimism…good stuff…well you did make the finals last year :razz:

    Optimism can also be defined as : each member of the Italian squad planning a signature try celebration.

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.06.08 12:26:04 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 27) : no – that’s called “being high on drugs” ;)

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.06.08 12:54:01 by robdylan Reply
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