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Lions axe falls on Boshoff


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super 14 on 17 Mar 2009 at 09:28
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I guess what they say about hookers is true. Lions forwards coach Leon Boshoff has been suspended with immediate effect in what will no doubt be only the first of many future cullings at Coca Cola Park. Allegations against Boshoff include a lack of tact and the use of foul language when dealing with the players.

Now, forgive me for over-simplifying this, but I reckon the pack of tame kittens posing as the Lions in this year’s Super 14 could, if anything, benefit from more tongue-lashings, rather than fewer. The way the team collectively threw in the towel against the Stormers this weekend is a pretty dire testament to a frankly shoddy work ethic and no pride in their team, their team-mates or their hard-working coaching staff. This side is, collectively, an embarrassment to the once-great name of Lions rugby; hell, does anyone even remember the superb Lions sides of the mid-90s? What has become of that legacy?

Loffie Eloff looks set to take the blame for the failings of his three-year plan and I, for one, feel for him. He has been let down by virtually every single one around him, from the board, who seem incapable of attracting and retaining even a semblance of real talent, despite numerous millions flowing into the coffers from various huge sponsorship deals, too the players themselves, who seemingly can’t be bothered to perform their jobs to even a basic level of competence.

Loffie – ypu’re better than this lot, mate. Leave the sinking ship to the rats and go and rebuild your coaching career elsewhere. You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Perhaps more relevant in this case – nor can you turn a bunch of lazy, pampered pussies into a pride of lions.



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  • We all know they are just not good enough!!! :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.03.09 09:46:28 by wpw Reply
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  • Can someone please tell me when last they saw a decent U19 or U21 player come through the ranks at the Lions???

    I suppose Ludik and Heinke are the ones that come to mind.

    Maybe Walter can help us.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.03.09 09:49:23 by wpw Reply
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  • Rob don’t you think. tongue lashing may be the problem, I am refering to team spirit or the lack thereof due to whatever reason, this can destroy a team and maybe that is just what Mr Boshoff has been up too. There is something lacking and I am afraid Loffie also has to stand up and take the responcibility for some of that, as the chief coach he should be aware of this sort of unhapiness!! Dont get me wrong I agree that the players have not exactly been coming to the party either, but watch on the week-end they will beat the Brumbies because nobody expects it!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.03.09 10:48:28 by Whindy Reply
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  • The BIG issue is not so much the tongue lashing, apparently it is racist remarks uttered by this guy, telling the coloured players they are only there based on the colour of their skin.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.03.09 11:03:37 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 4) : For real?

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.03.09 11:14:11 by Claytie Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 4) : I am gonna puke… :evil:

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.03.09 11:17:45 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 4) :

    Holy Moly!!! :shock:

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.03.09 11:33:41 by wpw Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 4) : oh dear. Restraint please, all

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.03.09 11:39:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Claytie (Comment 5) : @wpw (Comment 7) : @Charlie (Comment 6) :

    Yeah that is apparently the case, cause I also found an ‘immediate suspension’ just because of a tongue lashing a bit odd…

    But as Rob said, let’s have them sort their own thing out and come with a public statement and act with restraint here.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.03.09 11:41:11 by Morné Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    I agree…

    Let’s keep our cool… :cool:

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.03.09 11:41:35 by wpw Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 9) :

    Important to note that the whole team is gatvol of Boshoff and his man-management skills.

    I am sure Walter who is much closer to the team than I can give you some more info.

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.03.09 11:44:11 by Morné Reply
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  • Sounds like the rumour is what poster 4 said. Which means he is a gonner.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.03.09 11:47:03 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Don’t worry,wasn’t going to make a stink, just thought what coach in his right mind would do some dumb sh.. like that.Tongue lashings are fine, insulting people is a different story and then theres that crap that he pulled.

    Anyhoo, moving along nicely.

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.03.09 11:49:03 by Claytie Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 12) :

    Which means it ARE true??? :cry:

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.03.09 11:50:38 by wpw Reply
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  • Somehow I think Rob might not have put this up as a thread had he known the whole story… hehehe :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.03.09 11:52:43 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 14) :

    It’s impossible to say until we get the facts, sounds like there is a meeting between the CEO, Baywatch and JF later today, and we will see what news comes out after that.

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.03.09 12:00:59 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Let me just add that most of the visitors to my site are overjoyed about this…Bossie is blamed (rightly or wrongly) for a lot of stuff that was going wrong.

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.03.09 12:03:13 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 17) : Just checked it out now Walter.I see from one of the comments they wont even be replacing him.

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.03.09 12:20:04 by Claytie Reply
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  • well, if he’s a racist if has no place in SA rugby.

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.03.09 12:34:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Yea but honestly – can there be someone dumb enough in todays world – especially in a country like SA which is overly senstive towards racial matters – to actually say this kind of thing to anothers face? If that is the case – he should be banned for life.

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.03.09 12:37:04 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 20) : for life or from it :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.03.09 12:41:38 by Claytie Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 20) : His an idiot :evil: :evil: :evil:

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.03.09 12:43:40 by Charlie Reply

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  • Rob must be SO proud of us for keeping this site clean…

    Rob

    How about adding a perk or two to my status as BM???

    Tickets to a Lions test would be great!!! :cool: :wink:

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.03.09 12:47:33 by wpw Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 20) :

    Forget about the PC sensitivities of it – is there really somebody stupid enough to be believe that shit?

    Tosspot – let him go. It’s not like he’s making a contribution to the forward play anyway.

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.03.09 12:52:15 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 22) : Indeed.

    @Claytie (Comment 21) : Maybe he can get work in Pretoria – which as much the same as being banned from life.

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.03.09 12:52:34 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 24) : Apparently there is, his name is Leon and he works at the Lions Rugby Union

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.03.09 12:53:12 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • Ja, why does it always need to be an Afrikaner that lands up in this.
    Nothing against you Dutchies, eks getroud met een)

    It’s just so disappointing when somebody plays up to the cliche.

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.03.09 12:56:48 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 26) :

    Lol. Good one.

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.03.09 12:57:04 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 27) :

    Dude!!!

    Let’s lay off the ‘dutchies’ comments please… we don’t want this to go the route of Voldy or Reitzworld!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.03.09 13:04:47 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 29) :

    wpw arguing the right for a Dutchie… my oh my how the world has chnaged… ;-)

    Anyway, if an Afrikaner can call me an Ingelsman even though I’m Sarf Effrican then why can’t he be called a Dutchman?

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.03.09 13:25:05 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 30) : :shock: :shock:

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.03.09 13:40:49 by wpw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 30) : Apparently its racist. Something about kettles and pots. :lol:

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.03.09 13:41:48 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • erm :-)

  • Comment 33, posted at 17.03.09 14:05:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) :

    So hows about those tickets Robbie??? :roll:

  • Comment 34, posted at 17.03.09 14:18:09 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 23) : how many more times do I have to tell you that there aren’t any board members here? :-)

  • Comment 35, posted at 17.03.09 14:22:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 34) : i’ll give you all the Lions tickets I have :-)

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.03.09 14:22:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • Dammit!!! :???:

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.03.09 14:23:26 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : :lol:

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.03.09 14:25:19 by Claytie Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 30) : Fine by me. :mrgreen: What is the world coming to if we can no longer call each other names. :twisted:

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.03.09 14:28:31 by McLovin Reply

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  • Some oke wrote the following in the Sunday Times after the Luke saga.

    I thought it was funny.

    …there was a time when Dutchmen didn’t run to the Equality Court when you called them names.

    No, they came round to your house, rang your door bell and asked to speak to you outside in the street.

    Then there was a bit of what-for, and any confusion about clutch plates, spanners, planks, spiders on rocks and what have you was all quickly dealt with in a polite manner.

    And you didn’t do it again. At least not in a hurry.’

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.03.09 14:30:40 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 40) : Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.03.09 14:45:46 by Claytie Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 40) : +1

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.03.09 14:49:53 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 30) : Ja jou soutie, dog jy is a Matie! :lol:

  • Comment 43, posted at 17.03.09 16:03:18 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) :

    Bwhahahahahhahaa

  • Comment 44, posted at 17.03.09 19:44:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 44) : no flies on me, oubaas :-)

  • Comment 45, posted at 17.03.09 20:41:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • So it seems like Earl Rose & Lawrence Sephaka are the victims… :evil:

  • Comment 46, posted at 18.03.09 08:14:11 by Charlie Reply

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  • Rugbyafrigter in rasseherrie

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    17/03/2009 11:40:55 PM – (SA)

    Kaapstad. – ’n Herrie het in Suid-Afrikaanse rugby losgebars oor beweerde rassistiese opmerkings deur ’n lid van die ­Lions se afrigtingspan teenoor Earl Rose en Lawrence Sephaka.

    Rose se pa, Enver, het gister bevestig dat sy seun hom Maandag ná die beweerde voorval gebel het en baie ontsteld was.

    Die Goue Leeus Rugbyunie (GLRU) het intussen gisteroggend aangekondig dat die Lions se voorspeler-afrigter, Leon Boshoff, geskors is hangende ’n ondersoek. Dit is onmiddellik van krag.

    “Daar is aantygings teen Leon gemaak, maar ons kan nie kommentaar lewer totdat ons ondersoek klaar is nie,” het die GLRU se uitvoerende hoof, mnr. Manie Reyneke, in ’n verklaring gesê.

    Na verneem word, sal ’n klagstaat teen Boshoff vandag opgestel word. Dit sal waarskynlik handel oor skeltaal wat hy glo eergister teenoor spelers gebruik het.

    Mnr. Enver Rose het egter gister die sluier gelig oor die voorval wat Earl só ontstel het dat hy selfs die Springbok-afrigter, Peter de Villiers, om raad gebel het.

    “Hy (Boshoff) het vir Earl en ­Lawrence gesê hulle sal nog baie ver kom deur hul velkleur,” het Enver Rose gesê.

    “Earl bel nie sommer oor enige klein dingetjie huis toe nie. Hy was bitter teleurgesteld en wou nie (gister) gaan oefen nie. Ek het vir hom gesê hy moet eerder gaan oefen.

    “Daar was (Maandag) ’n spanvergadering. Boshoff het vir Eu­gene Eloff (hoofafrigter) gevra om die vertrek te verlaat sodat hy die spelers alleen kan toespreek. Hy het toe die manne van ’n kant af uitgetrap.”

    Die Rose-familie is bekend in Kaapse rugbykringe, met Earl wat in die Westelike Provinsie sy opgang as speler gemaak het.

    Op die vraag of sy seun kan besluit om die Leeus die rug toe te keer, het Rose geantwoord: “Al wat ek kan sê, is hoe speel ’n mens rugby in so ’n omgewing? Hoe motiveer jy spelers deur sulke dinge te sê?”

    Boshoff wou nie gister sy beweerde uitspraak bevestig of ontken nie toe Die Burger hom om kommentaar genader het.

    “Dis interessant . . . ek weet nie wat die klag is nie. Ek kan dit glad nie bevestig nie,” het hy gesê.

    Earl Rose self was nie vir kommentaar beskikbaar nie. SA Rugby het by monde van sy kommunikasiehoof, mnr. Andy Colquhoun, gesê die beweerde voorval is ’n Leeus-aangeleentheid.

    De Villiers se woordvoerder, mnr. Anthony Mackaiser, het bevestig Earl Rose het die Bok-breier om raad genader. De Villiers wil egter nie kommentaar lewer nie.

    Die Lions bevind hulself tans in ’n krisis ná drie nederlae uit vier Super14-wedstryde. Hulle het Saterdag met 18-56 teen die Stormers op Nuweland verloor.

  • Comment 47, posted at 18.03.09 08:14:58 by Charlie Reply

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  • Happy Birthday Klempie :cool: :lol:

  • Comment 48, posted at 18.03.09 08:28:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Lions won’t tolerate racism
    Wed, 18 Mar 2009 11:47

    Golden Lions Rugby Union President Jannie Ferreira has said his union will not tolerate any form of racism, amidst reports that Lions forwards coach Leon Boshoff stands accused of ‘verbal abuse’ of team members.

    The GLRU announced on Tuesday Boshoff has been suspended with immediate effect, pending further investigations.

    As rugby365.com revealed on Tuesday Boshoff, who was livid after the performances of certain players in the 18-56 loss to the Stormers last Saturday, allegedly let rip with a verbal tirade that upset members of the squad.

    It was alleged that Boshoff told Ashwin Willemse, Lawrence Sephaka, and Earl Rose that they are only on contract and in the squad because they are black (or non-white in the case of Rose and Willemse).

    It was also alleged that other members of the squad felt “abused” by the abrasive nature of some of Boshoff’s remarks.

    Ferreira said he can’t comment on the specifics of the case, as there is a legal process to be followed.

    “However, I want to make it very clear – the union [GLRU] will not tolerate any form of racism,” Ferreira told rugby365.com.

    “Let me also make it very clear, with this I am, in no way whatsoever, implicating that there was any racism.

    “However, you asked me about our stance towards racism and the issue of racism has been raised in the media. This is simply our view of racism,” Ferreira added.

    Ferreira said the legal experts at the GLRU are in the process of formulating a charge sheet, which is expected to reach Boshoff on Wednesday.

    He will, at the very least, be charged with verbal abuse, but the GLRU have declined to comment on the exact content of the charge sheet until the entire legal process has been completed.

    It is expected that Boshoff would face a disciplinary hearing, although no time frame has been set on when this will happen.

    The latest developments have left the Lions in disarray as they prepare to host the Brumbies in Johannesburg a Super 14 Week Six encounter on Saturday.

    The team will not be replace Boshoff, while investigations are underway.

    The South African Rugby Union said in a statement it “noted” the reports of the suspension of Boshoff.

    “The matter is in the hands of the Golden Lions Rugby Union, who have set a disciplinary process in train. SARU will await the outcome of that process before further comment,” the statement said.

    By Jan de Koning

  • Comment 49, posted at 18.03.09 12:59:11 by wpw Reply
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  • Nothing like a bit of racism amongst coaching staff to get the boys ready for the Brumbies match.

    I wholeheartly agree with this article , frankly I support the Chiefs now as my team.Close on a decade since the Lions have been remotely competetive.

    Please explain how the Sharks managed to turn things around from a bottom table finish to Finalist in under 2 years…

    The Union has lost my respect and now my support.

    Don’t let the door bliksem you on the way out.

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  • I failed to add in

    :roll: :twisted: :roll: :twisted:

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