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Changes on the cards for the Lions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content on 1 Jul 2008 at 08:31

The Lions are set to name a radically different team for Friday night’s clash against the Valke.

Eugene Eloff’s men were completely outplayed by the Bulls at home in the first round, then narrowly lost away to the Cheetahs. As the only one of the “Big 5″ to be win-less after two rounds, the signs are ominous for the Joburg side.

Eloff looks set to rest a number of key men, including loose head prop Heinke van der Merwe. Hooker Willie Wepener and loose forward Willem Alberts look certain to enjoy the same treatment, having played a lot of rugby already this season. Centre Jaco Pretorius and second-rower Gerhard Mostert join Rayno Benjamin on the injured list.

It would appear that former Sharks winger Dusty Noble will be dropped altogether and will have his work cut out trying to get back into the squad. Centre Jannie Boshoff will be released on compassionate grounds this week, meaning a shift to outside centre for Jaco van Schalkwyk. This opens up the flyhalf jersey for Louis Strydom. Ethienne Reynecke, Worms van Zyl and Wilhelm Koch look set to replace Wepener, Mostert and Alberts respectively. A front-row shuffle is expected, with JC van Rensburg moving over to loosehead to accommodate returning Bok Lawrence Sephaka in the number 3 jersey.

Possible Lions team:

Earl Rose; Justin St. Jerry, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Walter Venter, Louis Ludik; Louis Strydom, Jano Vermaak; Wilhelm Koch, Franco van der Merwe, Baywatch Grobbelaar (capt), Dewald Senekal, Anton van Zyl, Lawrence Sephaka, Ethienne Reynecke, JC van Rensburg.



14 Comments

  • I hope this doesn’t back fire and we remain winless…

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.07.08 08:51:19 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 1) : Agree. Valke seem to be a better team this year than last… takes some doing to beat Griquas.

    Who’s their coach this year?

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.07.08 08:52:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • Valke coach is Rudi Joubert (I think?)

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.07.08 08:57:15 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • yes, RJ

    Coaches: Rudy Joubert (head), Mark Donato (VC)

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.07.08 08:59:26 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • good coach… am I correct in saying he wasn’t coaching them last year?

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.07.08 09:08:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • Louis Strydom at 10? :shock:

    Why not play Rose at 10 and move Ludik to 15???

    Shame, I actually feel sorry for the Lions…

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.07.08 09:10:09 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) :

    I prefer LS at 10 and Rose on the bench or on a flight back to CT.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.07.08 09:12:24 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Its fine Walter, you can keep him.

    He is better at making things happen than any of your other flyhalves.

    The problem with Rose is his inconsistency and when he is bad he is very bad.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.07.08 09:20:44 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : Lions already have Andre Pretorius for that.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.07.08 09:26:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) :

    “and when he is bad he is very bad.”

    Which unfortunately for us seems to be most of the time..

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.07.08 09:32:05 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Morning doosies. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.07.08 09:39:07 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 11) : my word… what did we do to deserve that? ;)

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.07.08 09:39:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : That’s an affectionate “doosies”… :grin:

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.07.08 09:43:09 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 13) : I see… ;)

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.07.08 09:49:53 by robdylan Reply
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