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Lions not a Saturday snack

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Lions, Sharks on 6 Oct 2008 at 23:32

The Lions do not intend to serve as a Saturday snack when the take on the Sharks in a Currie Cup rugby semifinal in Durban this weekend.

Hennie Brandt writes in Beeld that the Sharks, without their Springboks, beat the Lions 16-11 in a league-phase match in Durban earlier this season. A couple of weeks ago, with their internationals back in the team, they struggled to win in Johannesburg.

Their 34-20 victory was largely the result of a 14-point donation from Earl Rose. Two poor tactical kicks by the Lions flyhalf, who also missed several kicks at goal, gave the Sharks two converted tries that enabled them to win.

Wimpie Vermeulen, who coaches the Lions’ backline, is confident that Rose will play well this week.

Vermeulen will be spending time with the young player during the week to tune his mental approach, as he did before last week’s match against Western Province.

“I’m sure Earl knows what to do in a semifinal,” Vermeulen said on Monday. “The large number of Springboks in the Sharks team does not worry our players; they see it as a challenge.”

Expect them to come up short

Rose is an unpredictable game-breaker but he will have to remain calm and take the right decisions this time.

The Lions beat the Sharks in their semifinal in Durban last season before narrowly losing to the Cheetahs in the final but most people expect them to come up short this week.

Leon Boshoff, who coaches the forwards, says their underdog status suits the Lions.

“It is to our benefit that no one thinks we have a chance. It was the same story last year.”

Boshoff says the Lions will have to disciplined to avoid conceding penalties, especially at breakdown points.

“We can’t make the same mistakes we made against them last month, when they capitalised in the last twenty minutes,” he said.

Boshoff regards the Sharks as a nicely balanced team and says they have been playing consistently well.

Lions coach Eugene Eloff received good news on Monday when he learnt that the ankle injury left wing Trompie Nontshina had suffered at Newlands last weekend was not serious.

Lock forward Anton van Zyl, who returned from Cape Town with a finger injury, will also be fit on Saturday.

Hooker Willie Wepener, who was taken off with an ankle injury during the match against WP, has seen a specialist. He should know by Wednesday what his chances of playing are.


  • Sharks, believe this headline!!!!!!

    Or you will be the cause of red faced supporters everywhere.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.10.08 06:17:12 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • Look, if we lose to the Lions, then we should be ashamed of ourselves.

    The Sharks have them beaten in every practically position – we are the only ones who can decide who wins or loses; if we are mentally up to it, we will win.

    We haven’t been for long years now though… :sad:

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.10.08 07:20:10 by Big Fish (Norman Jordaan is a LEGEND) Reply
    Big FishAssistant coach
  • @Big Fish (Norman Jordaan is a LEGEND) (Comment 2) : You just said it better than I did!! :evil: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.10.08 07:22:53 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Norman Jordaan is a LEGEND) (Comment 2) :

    On THAT note. Have a look at the perfect 10 thread.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.10.08 07:32:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @Big Fish (Norman Jordaan is a LEGEND) (Comment 2) : agreed. last year we lost because we had half our team out at the rwc. this year there is no reason our 100 minute team cannot thrash that 60 minute team. the big difference between the two teams is the bench.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.10.08 07:34:44 by try time Reply

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  • GO SHARKS !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.10.08 07:36:45 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • Who’s going to win on Saturday?
    Most likely final
    Sharks and Bulls –
    Sharks and Cheetahs –
    Lions and Bulls –
    Lions and Cheetahs –

    Total Votes: 41

    According to voters on this site:
    Most likely final the Sharks and Bulls with 43.90% votes
    Most likely team to make the final is the Bulls with 53.66% votes just pipping the LIONS at 51.22% votes and the Sharks who has 48.78%

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.10.08 10:57:07 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @Big Fish (Norman Jordaan is a LEGEND) (Comment 2) :

    In every position?

    Freddie is almost as erratic as Rose but has not made as much of an impact as consistently as Rose…
    Our front row is as good if not better…and they proved it just a few weeks ago…don’t tell me cozz those players are the preferred players for Bok selection that that makes them better!???! Cozz then you dumb and I am wasting my time typing this comment…
    Our centers are a better combination than yours…although Frans is better than Doppies (well by some distance)…as a combo our centers have kept out everyone…
    Our loose forwards are much better on the ground than yours (like no contest)…although your are better with ball in hand (like no contest)…
    Our locks stole how many balls just two matches ago and also against WP…so are yours better!??!
    Ruan is better than Vermaak…I have not been craze of Vermaak’s game this year…
    Fullback I back Ludik over Stephan…

    And on the wings…although your wings are better on paper…the LIONS wings stood up well and have scored more tries in the last 4/5 games than yours…so that is a battle still worth watching…

    So I am not sure if you were referring to the bench!??!

    You def a better balanced side and have more fire power…and def favorites…that much I’ll give you…but believe….the LIONS can beat you even if you don’t loose it….

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.10.08 11:08:30 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @Hmmm (Comment 8) :

    Julle gaan nog steeds klippe [email protected] :razz:

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.10.08 11:40:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Only way for Sharks to lose this one is to choke. :wink:

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.10.08 11:42:15 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 10) :


    There was actually something I wanted to suggest last week and forgot all about.

    I think the WP supporters (and if there are any Griqua, valk or Boland supporters out there) should wear there colours as to who they are supporting OPENLY and have it added to their names in some way or another for the duration of the tournament.

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.10.08 11:47:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @Hmmm (Comment 8) :
    Then I must be dumb.

    Only worthwhile Lions players are Jacques Fourie and Heinke van der Merwe (even if he is an illegal scrummager).

    The rest are a bunch of good and average provincial players.

    Cant be bothered to respond to the rest of your post, save to say that your loyalty is admirable.

    @McLovin (Comment 10) :

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.10.08 12:28:02 by Big Fish (Norman Jordaan is a LEGEND) Reply
    Big FishAssistant coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) :

    Yeh…famous words of last year…
    And two weeks back…

    Look the LIONS are gonna have to play some game…but they can do it…

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.10.08 12:47:17 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @Big Fish (Norman Jordaan is a LEGEND) (Comment 12) :

    Be around next week…

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.10.08 12:48:35 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @Hmmm (Comment 14) :

    This trophy is ours, I have done a Bulls, and already had the champagne bottle printed. :wink:

    This headline is right though Lions not a Saturday snack

    We will have to have left overs on Sunday morning. :wink:

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.10.08 12:53:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : I picked the Sharks on SB & should they make it to the final I shall pick them again. Not sure if that counts as support.. :wink:

    P.S. I have nothing against the Lions or Cheetahs, simply reckon the Sharks are better.

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.10.08 13:12:22 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 16) :
    Wisdom comes with age. You must be an OLD man. :wink:

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.10.08 13:18:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @Hmmm (Comment 14) :

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.10.08 13:26:37 by Big Fish (Norman Jordaan is a LEGEND) Reply
    Big FishAssistant coach
  • From Rugby365

    Here are the appearances of the four teams in the 2008 semifinals:

    Sharks (a.k.a. Natal): 14 semifinals – won 5
    Blue Bulls (a.k.a. Northern Transvaal): 14 semifinals, won 12
    Cheetahs (a.k.a. Orange Free State): 13 semifinals – won 7
    Lions (a.k.a. Transvaal): 12 semifinals – won 7

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.10.08 13:56:27 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 19) :

    I would be curios to know of those semi’s they won, how many went on to win the final as well.

    I think in the S14 the Crusaders have some awesome record of never having lost a final or something similar.

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.10.08 13:59:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) :

    No that can’t be, coz they have been runners-up twice.

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.10.08 14:01:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 19) :

    So the Sharks will have to jump a 3rd bougy this year…as they seem to fall at the semi hurdle quite often….

    The Bulls and the LIONS have won most semis they played in…

    Bulls are impressive…12 of 14 semi’s!?!??

    The Sharks seem to be a good “pool/round-robin” team…if those stats are anything to go by…

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.10.08 15:24:31 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) :

    So out of 14 semi’s they have won it 3 times at most?

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.10.08 15:25:34 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • Yes Hmmmm. :cool: Must give you a high 5 bru. :wink: Valies standing strong!

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.10.08 15:50:05 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player

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