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Lions not afraid of Big Hole


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Lions on 17 Jul 2008 at 11:32
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Kimberley has been a graveyard for top South African rugby teams but the Lions do not believe they face a curse when they play Griquas in a Currie Cup match on Saturday.

Hennie Brandt, News24.

Lions captain Cobus Grobbelaar knows how dangerous Griquas are and how daunting the combination of a hard surface and determined opponents can be.

“They are a formidable team in Kimberley. They lift their game when they play at home,” the Lions flanker said on Wednesday.

“You have to be at your best to beat them there. Many teams make the mistake of believing they can go there and just take the log points.”

Griquas’s shock victory over Western Province last week was a timely reminder of what can happen in Kimberley.

“We have watched video footage of the match,” Grobbelaar said. “Their physical game was a major factor.

“They also managed to get in among the Province players. That’s when they are dangerous; just as dangerous as when they turn over possession and if you don’t kick well.”

The Lions played themselves back into Currie Cup contention when they beat Boland 57-17 last week.

However, Grobbelaar insists they are not yet where they would like to be. “You can only say we are where we want to be once the Currie Cup has been won.”

Tsepo Kokoali is in line to make his debut for the Lions on Saturday. The 26-year-old former SA Under-21 backline player is likely to be among the substitutes and could be given a run.



30 Comments

  • “You can only say we are where we want to be once the Currie Cup has been won.” :?:

    Won by another team. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.07.08 11:36:40 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
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  • Hennie obviously doesn’t keep stats…Kokoali made his debut for us in 2001, if he plays on Saturday it will be his 6th Lions cap.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.07.08 13:31:36 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 2) : really?

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.07.08 13:34:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • another who’s moved around a LOT

    Squads:
    2008
    Xerox Lions (ABSA Currie Cup Premier Div)
    2007
    Vodacom Blue Bulls (Vodacom Cup)
    2006
    Wildebeest (Vodacom Cup)
    2005
    The Sharks (ABSA Currie Cup Qualifying Round)
    Natal Wildebeest (Vodacom Cup)
    Sharks (Vodacom Super 12)
    2004
    Cheetahs (Vodacom Cup)
    Cheetahs (ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division)
    2003
    Vodacom Cheetahs (RWC Warm-ups)
    Vodacom Free State (ABSA Currie Cup – Premier Div.)
    Free State Cheetahs (Vodacom Cup)
    2002
    Golden Lions U/21 (Bankfin Under 21)
    South Africa (IRB U21 World Cup)
    2000
    Griffons (Vodacom Cup)

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.07.08 13:35:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • he just needs to play for WP to complete the “Wylie Human Set”

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.07.08 13:36:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • yes, really :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.07.08 13:37:04 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • His 5 Caps for the Lions in 2001:

    vs Cheetahs on 16 March 2001 as reserve
    vs Sharks on 31 March as reserve
    vs Boland on 6 April as reserve
    vs WP on 14 April as reserve
    vs Griquas on 21 April, started at 10

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.07.08 13:40:33 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • We used 455 players between 1981 and 2007 (inclusive) and Kokoali was one of them…LOL!

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.07.08 13:42:32 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 8) : flipping hell… your database must be an awesome thing to behold

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.07.08 13:44:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • And one of the users here wanted to have an argument with me about Molefe’s caps…LOL!

    I’ve got all the teamsheets since 1981 with the scorers and reserves and who was captain and sometimes even the halftime score.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.07.08 13:48:03 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • And for the Springboks I’ve got the same stats but for every single test match

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.07.08 13:49:25 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 11) : Your site is :cool: ,even for Lions? I’ve somehow liked your face a little bit more than this ( what did Icy called this? avatar? ) :grin:

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.07.08 14:11:47 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • I just feel a bit like a LION today….ROAR!!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.07.08 14:16:04 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 10) : that’s Hmmmm. He doesn’t think before arguing ;)

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.07.08 14:17:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    I remember who it was, but didn’t want to give it away…LOL!

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.07.08 14:22:35 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Here is the team as posted on the Lions site, I haven’t received it by mail yet, but will assume this is correct..

    15. Earl Rose
    14. Jaco Pretorius
    13. Jaque Fourie
    12. Doppies la Grange
    11. Louis Ludik
    10. Louis Strydom
    9. Jano Vermaak
    8. Willem Alberts
    7. Franco van der Merwe
    6. Cobus Grobbelaar
    5. Gerhard Mostert
    4. Dewald Senekal
    3. Lawrence Sephaka
    2. Willie Wepener
    1. Heinke van der Merwe

    Replacements:

    16. Derek Harwood
    17. JC Janse van Rensburg
    18. Alten Hulme
    19. Justin Wheeler
    20. Chris Jonck
    21. Jaco van Schalkwyk
    22. Tshepo Kokoali

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.07.08 14:24:11 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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

    Thats a good squad..A win with a bonus point and home in time for Magnum PI and the jobs done :grin:

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.07.08 14:30:27 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • Looks like the Lions read your site as they just mailed me the team…LOL!

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.07.08 14:31:53 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • I’ve never heard of our replacement hooker though.

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.07.08 14:33:05 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 19) : he’s only 20 years odl

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.07.08 14:43:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • Looks like he is from UJ…

    The problem is that Ethienne Reynecke is injured and we don’t have a 3rd Hooker in our squad as the 3rd Hooker went back to the Leopards because he wasn’t getting game time.

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.07.08 14:46:43 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • I’m a bit worried that our 2nd Hooker might do the same thing…LOL!

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.07.08 14:51:34 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • So you know what Griquas might do if they want to severely disrupt us?

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.07.08 14:54:41 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    I thought you swaid he never played for the Sharks!??!

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.07.08 16:44:33 by Hmmm Reply

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

    Hey…I merely mentioned he was pulled into the squad ahead of WVenter for the S14 this year and played warm-up games and Walter was not even in the squad…
    Same last year when he was picked ahead of Walter for several games…

    This was in response to someone saying he has never been given a chance at the LIONS and I was stating that he has had more than Walter….Walter just took his…
    Was never about what he played where…

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.07.08 16:48:56 by Hmmm Reply

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

    I did argue with you on whether JPretorius is any good…
    He did look a lil better against Boland….but donno if that should actually count….

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.07.08 16:50:00 by Hmmm Reply

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  • And yet I tend to make points that are not often responded to with a counter argument…
    And when it does happen I do acknowledge the thinking of the other person…

    So I am not sure what you are on about…PMS AGAIN!????! Geez how many times a month do you get it?????????

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.07.08 16:51:43 by Hmmm Reply

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  • It is going to be a tough match…the Griekwas were very physical last week….
    Good luck LIONS…

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.07.08 17:01:09 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Hmmm can start an argument in an empty room. :roll:

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.07.08 21:33:23 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 29) :

    If you start an argument in a room…no one else can fit in anyway…so I guess we in the same situation…

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.07.08 08:58:01 by Hmmm Reply

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