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Lions braced for Shark Attack


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content on 25 Sep 2008 at 16:53
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Lions coach Eugene Eloff has named his side to face the Sharks in Johannesburg on Saturday.

In stark contrast to the 15 internationals named in the Sharks squad, Loffie’s team can only boast a pair of Boks in the starting lineup, with the single-cap Heinke van der Merwe and Bok stalwart Jacques Fourie leading the charge. A further two Boks are on the bench, but it’s been a long, long time since either Lawrence Sephaka or Jannes Labuschagne wore the green and gold.

Exciting young tighthead Ross Geldenhuys will get his chance to scrum against the Beast, with arguably the form hooker of the Currie Cup, Willie Wepener and strongman van der Merwe making up the remainder of the front row. The lock crisis in Joburg is starting to bite and although both Anton van Zyl and Franco van der Merwe are individually good players, the combination just feels a little bit light and lacking in punch.

It’s in the loose forwards that the Lions will be as strong as ever, with captain Baywatch Grobbelaar and number 8 Ernst Joubert both crucial to their success. The exciting young Derrick Minnie will be on the blindside this week and will have his hands full containing the force of nature that is Jean Deysel.

Janno Vermaak and Earl Rose will continue at halfback in a combination that is really starting to flourish and they will have a crucial role to play this week, particularly on defence. Question marks around Rose’s defence will need to be emphatically answered this week as the Sharks look to unleash Steyn, Deysel and Kankowski through the flyhalf channel. Doppies le Grange adds another potential defensive weakness outside of Rose, although the man one space wider, Fourie, is pure class as we all know.

There’s a welcome return to the side for fullback Louis Ludick, who forms an exciting back three with wingers Michael Killian and Trompie Nontshinga.

The Lions are a team who are playing good rugby and riding the crest of a wave at the moment, but on paper at least, one would have to say this bunch doesn’t stand much chance of rolling the Sharks.

Rugby isn’t played on paper, though…

Lions team:

15 Louis Ludik, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Trompie Nontshinga, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Derrick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (capt), 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Anton van Zyl, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Lawrence Sephaka, 18 Jannes Labuschagne, 19 Justin Wheeler, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Louis Strydom, 22 Rayno Benjamin.



37 Comments

  • Trompie N1 Nontshinga ! Odwa to score a hatrick!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.09.08 17:06:36 by just blackshark Reply
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  • Cant wait…this will be off the hizzy!

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.09.08 17:09:44 by just blackshark Reply
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  • Who knew there is actually a band called LION VS SHARK ?

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.09.08 17:14:10 by just blackshark Reply
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  • go Sharks!

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.09.08 17:22:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @just blackshark (Comment 3) : eh?

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.09.08 17:22:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Not a bad squad.. could be better..alot better..I also think its time that Strjdom moves along now its a waste keeping him on the pay sheet along with buttock Pretoruis.
    The newbies are going to have to play out of their socks and the old heads must be on fire for us to pull this one off.

    No Venter, Alberts and Senekal.The scrums are going to be a point of interest.Hell can’t wait for the game and I won’t even be able to watch it.. :evil:

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.09.08 17:25:12 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • LIONS !!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.09.08 17:26:18 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • The exciting young Derrick Minnie will be on the blindside this week and will have his hands full containing the force of nature that is Jean Deysel.

    Who could have been playing for the Lions if the selectors weren’t wearing eye patches :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.09.08 17:28:25 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • CSB, you know I try to be fair, but I just see the Sharks having this one sewn up. We have you guys bested in every single position, except maybe 13, where it’s at best even. Ok, maybe you could argue that you guys have a better 6…

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.09.08 17:32:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yea you may be right…but that doesn’t mean that for a day just 1 day our no name brands can run with the wolves and keep up.. :razz:

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.09.08 17:40:27 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • A perfect square = the bigger picture :grin:

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.09.08 17:44:24 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • Robd honestly speaking I’d be very suprised if we go on to win on Sat…it would be an incredible achievment.
    2 bonus points would do me just fine.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.09.08 17:46:04 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 10) : you’re completely right… I am never comfortable with the Sharks going into any game as overwhelming favourites, because we tend to be our own worst enemy…

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.09.08 17:51:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • I don’t think we’ve been our own worst enemy for the last 7 games Mr Dylan.

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.09.08 18:02:38 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 14) : yeah, but it’s the 4 games coming up that are the most important ones

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.09.08 18:11:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • True, but only one is away (well, hopefully…) We have a brilliant home record, I don’t think we have lost at home all year, and not 100% sure, but I think we have only lost twice at home in the last 2 years, S14 final and CC semi-final. OK, it appears I missed two other failures, against the Cheetahs last year (of course) and the Brumbies at home in the S14.

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.09.08 18:15:18 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : We’ll be fine Rob….. :cool: I just think Albert should be wearing 5 and Muller 4. Other than that, I could not be happier with where the Sharks are at this stage.

    I am more worried about our lack of flyhalfs for next season than the CC this season.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.09.08 18:18:40 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 17) : I have a funny feeling about Len Olivier

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.09.08 18:23:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : is that a good or bad feeling rob?? :eek:

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.09.08 18:50:22 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 19) : A good feeling

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.09.08 18:54:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : All I can say is that two years ago when he made his debut for the Valke, I had a long discussion with Ras about him. I thought at the time he had tons of potential. In some ways he reminds me of Frans Steyn. I hope that I was right, and that you are right now. I just can’t imagine he is ready for Super 14 rugby yet, but what do I know? :wink:

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.09.08 19:04:14 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : See http://www.lionvsshark.com

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.09.08 19:05:22 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :

    Let’s hope it isn’t funny enough to have the rest of SA laughing at us. :wink:

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.09.08 20:17:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : When last did an SA team beat us in Super Rugby? 2006?

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.09.08 21:48:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) :

    2007 Final :wink:

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.09.08 22:00:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) :

    We lost in Rnd 12 2006 to the Bulls, We won against the Stormers in Rnd 13 and every league game thereafter to date.

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.09.08 22:23:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : There was no final in 2007! I don’t remember any final in 2007! The Sharks won the league stage of the Super 14, so the Sharks won the Super 14. Simple as that. :razz:

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.09.08 23:04:22 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 27) :
    :razz:

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.09.08 07:20:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 27) : priceless :mrgreen: :lol: :razz:

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.09.08 07:41:25 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 29) : Hi Kette, do you know if Mr Smit is bringing his crutches along the weekend??

    Hey, gotta run, lots to do… :grin:

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.09.08 07:50:24 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : Oh.

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.09.08 07:57:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :

    Ok…where did I miss the plot again…how did len come into the convo?? :oops:

  • Comment 32, posted at 26.09.08 08:16:35 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 32) :
    DB said
    “I am more worried about our lack of flyhalfs for next season than the CC this season. “

  • Comment 33, posted at 26.09.08 08:23:26 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 33) : Thanks :-)

  • Comment 34, posted at 26.09.08 08:31:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @just blackshark (Comment 33) : @robdylan (Comment 34) :

    Ditto… :oops: :wink:

    **makes mental note to actually READ and not SCAN** :wink:

  • Comment 35, posted at 26.09.08 08:36:33 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 35) : and when in doubt…read the “quoted” comment… :lol:

  • Comment 36, posted at 26.09.08 08:40:45 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 36) :

    Hey…whats this?? Preaching For Ice friday?? :lol:

  • Comment 37, posted at 26.09.08 08:44:46 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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