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Lions get new hope

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 11 Jan 2009 at 09:19
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Lions coach Eugene Eloff says the new depth in vital positions has given him a lot hope this year.

Rugby 365 reports that a number of experienced players have made a welcome return to the Jo’ burg outfit in 2009 with Andre Pretorius ( injury) Lawrence Sephaka (overseas), Jannes Labuschagne (out of retirement) and centre Jaque Fourie (injury)

Wing Henno Mentz brings experience from the Sharks, and former Cheetahs centre Barry Goodes returns from Italy while Ashwin Willemse is back from an unhappy stint in Biarritz.

“The big thing this season is our depth [referring to the return of the experienced players],” a delighted Eloff told Business Day.

“Guys like Andre, Lawrence Sephaka [prop], Jannes Labuschagne [lock] and Jaque Fourie [centre] add a lot of confidence in the team set-up.”

“So we are pleased that we now have depth in a lot of positions.”

While Eloff is happy that he will be able to call on a fit squad and quality back up players, he highlighted the need to stick with a winning team.

“There is a good spirit in the camp since the guys arrived back from their break and they are training well,’ said Eloff.

“Everyone is fit and ready to play except for loose forwards Ernst Joubert [hand] and Dewald Senekal [hamstring], who are carrying injuries.

“[But] Consistency in selection is important in any team and that is one of the factors that have counted in our favour in the past,” he said


  • I hope they do well. At least win your home games.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.01.09 12:00:46 by McLovin Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : damn right

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.01.09 13:27:19 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • Not just for our (LIONS) sake…but to help the other SA teams as well…

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.01.09 11:24:51 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • If not mistaken…the year the LIONS won 5 of their games and the Cheetahs 2 or 3 was when 2 SA sides (Bulls and Sharks) ended top of the log….
    OK we lost against all the SA sides but at least we were not a 5 point free-bee to all the NZ and Aussie sides…
    For example had the Crusaders beaten us the Bulls would have had an away semi…which a home team hardly ever looses…

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.01.09 11:28:03 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • Lions and hope, 2 words we hear often this time of year. For their sake i “hope” this year is different for them!

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.01.09 12:29:01 by billy Reply

    billyVodacom Cup player
  • ek se maar niks…

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.01.09 19:32:44 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions WorldCurrie Cup player
  • There’s absolutely nothing that tells me we will do better than last year…nothing at all.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.01.09 19:36:38 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions WorldCurrie Cup player

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