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Eloff to try new approach


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Lions on 8 Oct 2008 at 06:50

The Lions are going to change their strategy slightly before they play the Sharks in a Currie Cup semifinal in Durban on Saturday.

Hennie Brandt writes in Beeld that when the teams met at the Coca-Cola Stadium here last month, Lions coach Eugene Eloff was unconcerned about the large number of Springboks in the Sharks team. He focused, instead, on the visitors as a team.

Eloff has different thoughts about this week’s match in the Absa Stadium. “We’ll pay a little more attention to certain individuals this time,” he said on Tuesday.

“I won’t mention names but everyone knows who their game-breakers are. We’re not going to play according to their strong points.”

Springbok No 8 Ryan Kankowski will obviously be one. He is in excellent form after recovering from a head injury.

The Lions are also likely to take special notice of left wing JP Pietersen, scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar, centre Adrian Jacobs and allrounder Frans Steyn, all Springbok backs.

Despite all the internationals in the Sharks squad, Eloff feels the Lions can beat them. “We must only play to our potential and make sure we execute everything correctly,” he said.

The Lions begin their final preparations on Wednesday after being given Monday and Tuesday off to recover from the bruising match against Western Province last week.

“Two days of rest were just the right medicine. They have had time to recharge the batteries,” Eloff said.

He will know only on Wednesday if any players have injury problems. Left wing Trompie Nontshinga and lock forward Anton van Zyl were injured in Cape Town.

A scan has shown no serious damage to Nontshinga’s ankle and team doctor Frans Verster expects Van Zyl to be fit to partner Franco van der Merwe in the second row.

Doubts about hooker Willie Wepener’s ankle injury should also be cleared up at the practice on Wednesday afternoon. Wepener and prop forwards Heinke van der Merwe and Ross Geldehuys form an extremely important combination in the Lions team.



12 Comments

  • So basically Eloff is going to have to pay “a little more attention” to everyone in the Sharks team. Nice one Hennie! :twisted:

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.10.08 08:51:19 by Frisbee Reply
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  • Come on…he was really just talking about Kanko…

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.10.08 08:58:50 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 2) : he’s doing a lot of talking… is he nervous?

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.10.08 09:04:12 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 3) :

    I’m sure he is…he should be, it’s going to be a difficult match but never impossible.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.10.08 09:08:41 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • “I won’t mention names but everyone knows who their game-breakers are. We’re not going to play according to their strong points.”

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: The Game Breakers…who might they be??? How about…just the whole Sharks Team??? :grin:

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.10.08 09:19:31 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 4) : nah, you’re right. I think it will be closer than I’d like it to be… just hope the right team wins

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.10.08 09:21:30 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • Hennie Breedt and Jacques van der Westhuizen clearly don’t share ideas:

    The Lions will not single out any Sharks player for special attention when they clash with the Durbanites in the first of the Absa Currie Cup semifinals this weekend.

    While the Sharks comprise a number of individual stars, many of them Springboks showing outstanding form at this late stage of the season, the Lions will travel to Durban for Saturday’s match (3pm) focused on halting the team, rather than any Boks – and that includes in-form No8 Ryan Kankowski.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.10.08 09:50:02 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 7) : BTW…kick-off’s @ 14:30…to allow for extra time if needed in case of a draw after 80min… :wink:

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.10.08 10:06:24 by Charlie Reply

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  • Why are there a week’s break before the CC final…It would have help the Boks for the EOYT… :roll:

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.10.08 10:08:13 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 8) : cool…

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.10.08 10:10:24 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 7) :

    I saw that this morning. :smile:

    Completely different views of what is being done by the Lions. :smile:

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.10.08 10:34:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :

    I’m sure it’s because none of these guys even spoke to the coacj before they wrote their articles.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.10.08 13:49:31 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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