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Lions look to bore Chiefs


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 2 Apr 2009 at 06:25
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Lions coach Loffie Eloff says he’s hoping to bore the red-hot Chiefs into losing.

Duncan Johnstone writes for Rugbyheaven that the South Africans line out in Hamilton on Saturday night against the Super 14′s form team, with the Chiefs on a four-match winning streak that has included scoring 113 points in their past two outings.

As he plots a way to try to keep the Chiefs in check Eloff has found inspiration from contrasting areas in a topsy-turvy championship.

He has noted the upsets that have dotted the opening seven weeks of the championship and also seen the way the Sharks managed to muscle up and frustrate the Chiefs when they played them at Waikato Stadium. The Sharks won 22-15 in round three and that was last time the Chiefs lost.

“We have to try and control the tempo of the game,” Eloff told South African rugby website keo.co.za.

“We have to try to make it slow and boring and frustrate them. The Sharks pulled them into an arm-wrestle and then kicked for the corners and we have taken cognisance of that.

“But at the same time we realise the Chiefs are a much different and improved side since then.”

Eloff is certainly right with his last line. Since that loss the Chiefs have gone from steady to sublime, effectively beating the Western Force and Highlanders and then embarrassing the Blues and Reds.

It’s a winning streak that has lifted them to third on the table, the best of the five New Zealand sides.

While acknowledging the Chiefs’ effectiveness Eloff also says there have been enough upsets in recent weeks to keep any team in the championship motivated.

“The Chiefs are the form side of the competition at the moment. But so were the Sharks before they played the Reds and the Bulls before they faced the Highlanders.

“It just goes to show how close the teams are in the Super 14, anyone can beat the other on their day.”

The Lions have shown glimpses of their potential but have only two wins against the Cheetahs and Brumbies and lie 13th on the table.

Eloff wants to build on last week’s narrow 32-28 loss to the Hurricanes in Johannesburg as his team enters a four-week away stint.

“We played well against the Hurricanes, but again there were silly mistakes close to their line,’ he said.

“All of the New Zealand sides will murder you if they get turnovers, so we have to control the ball and not let them run against us.

“We’re not expecting them to kick much, while they should also be very physical.”

The Lions beat the Chiefs in Johannesburg last year in a week 13 result that effectively killed off the Kiwis’ traditional late charge for the semifinals.

Ian Foster’s Chiefs have made their move earlier this year and must now capitalise on that and finish the job. They will view the Lions match as a must-win fixture, given that they still have a road trip looming after next week’s bye.

The Lions have done their buildup for this match in Sydney and will cross the Tasman late in the week for their consecutive matches against the Chiefs and Blues. They then play the Reds and Western Force.



53 Comments

  • Now I have heard it all.

    I suppose Loffie has nothing to lose… well that’s a lie.

    He will lose his job if they don’t win something soon. :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.04.09 07:45:22 by wpw Reply
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  • In the jungle, the mighty jungle,
    The lion sleeps tonight… :roll:

    Catch a wake up, Loffie & Cubs :twisted:

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.04.09 07:52:16 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 2) :
    :twisted:

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.04.09 08:00:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : maybe he’s fed up with his job

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.04.09 09:02:42 by rekinek Reply
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  • I hope they won’t bore us too much :lol:

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.04.09 09:07:31 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 4) :

    Dude!!! I was looking for you this morning…

    Last night’s world cup qualifiers threw out this result:

    Poland 10 San Marino 0

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.04.09 09:17:19 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : Do you support anything in a red shirt? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.04.09 09:22:30 by Rahul Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : I’m still sulking after Saturday.
    Not sure whether this will help us much. May be a case of much but too late.

    They always play well with their backs against the wall.

    But let’s not moan – GREAT STUFF :mrgreen: – I think there was the quickest goal ever

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.04.09 09:40:29 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) :

    Who is San Marino? A country made up of old Marines?

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.04.09 09:56:22 by blackshark Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : I think he has already lost his job

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.04.09 09:56:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 9) : AFAIK, it’s a tiny principality on the border of France and Italy

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.04.09 09:57:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : Try, conversion & a penalty? :wink:

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.04.09 09:59:29 by McLovin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    I take it they just held trials for the national team last week…

    You reckon the Lions have more rabbits in their hat ?

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.04.09 10:01:23 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 7) : white shirt, red shorts – don’t cofuse us with Monaco :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.04.09 10:17:24 by rekinek Reply
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  • I suspect the Lions are going to get a moerse hiding.

    Hope not though.

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.04.09 10:24:18 by McLovin Reply

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  • I have such a dilemma with LMS – its either Lions or Chiefs, Force or Reds, I may just pick Cheetahs and hope for miracle :roll:

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.04.09 10:31:41 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 14) :
    @rekinek (Comment 14) :
    Dont forget the open winged eagle wearing a crown on the shirt – very nb

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.04.09 10:54:17 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Rek, were you born in Poland, if so where?

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.04.09 10:56:27 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 18) : born, bred … all that jazz :-)

    Katowice

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.04.09 12:32:24 by rekinek Reply
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  • You write good English. Were you one of the pre martial law Solidarno?? immigrants of the early 80′s?

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.04.09 13:28:31 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 20) : Thanx :cool:

    I was taught English from early on (parents tried :wink: Had English at school starting from secondary. probably, I was one of the last years to go through primary with Russian.

    Nowadays I barely speak Polish (entire family in the old country).

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.04.09 13:41:44 by rekinek Reply
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  • Sorry for all the questions, its just interesting for me that rugby and the Sharks has such a diverse fan base from countries not really associated with the sport. Weirdly enough on this site it seems to be that the Poles feature quite well. Have you met Milissa, she’s an American Sharks supporter but also from Polish heritage.

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.04.09 13:51:53 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 22) : only read about / or Milissa, but gathered that she’s Polish – you just can’t mistake surname like Bogdanski. Same with Michalak (though we pronounce it differently).

    There is quite a number of Poles in SA. Here – you just can’t ignore rugby :razz:

    I don’t think rugby is at all popular in Poland – I’ve never heard of it until met some Saffas – though we are listed at IRB rankings (somewhere in the middle even).

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.04.09 14:04:55 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 23) :
    Many years ago there was a prop that played for the Northern Free State called Andre Podbielski. I was at school with a few Polish guys and they all played rugby.

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.04.09 14:30:42 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Supersport site predicting wins for all SA teams except the Lions. :shock:

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.04.09 14:35:00 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 25) : If that happens I suspect quite a few lifelines to be lost on LMS. :twisted:

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.04.09 14:46:14 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 25) : really :shock:
    so can I pick cheetahs

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.04.09 14:48:46 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 24) : I am actually surprised that it did not hit off in Poland. I would imagine that it suits our temperament :lol:

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.04.09 14:54:00 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 27) : Might be the upset of the weekend.

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.04.09 14:57:57 by McLovin Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 28) :
    Temperament and size would favour the Poles. :lol:
    I have heard of an annual rugby festival that takes place in Warsaw ever year, apparently its very well attended and doubles as a massive party.

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.04.09 15:04:01 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 27) :
    Pick the Cheetahs at your peril, the Brumbies are going to be playing for their injured buddy, they mayjust be in a different zone on the weekend.

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.04.09 15:18:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 23) : Pope John Paul II (may he rest in peace) played rugby for Poland in his youth

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.04.09 15:25:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 30) : honestly never heard of..

    @robdylan (Comment 32) : heard about that (after moved to SA though) – and I lived for about 6 years in Krakow

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.04.09 16:19:03 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 31) : this one is so hard – I know that Brumbies will be desperate for a win, and the injured guy, and Mortlock is back.

    But I reckon cheetahs will be more desperate – they have NOT WON YET and now they are back home. They seriously must do something

  • Comment 34, posted at 02.04.09 16:21:05 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 34) : I have picked the Brumbies, but I reckon thte Cheetahs might pull off an upset

  • Comment 35, posted at 02.04.09 16:40:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : Brumbies already cost me lifeline – so they owe me :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 02.04.09 16:46:33 by rekinek Reply
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  • I’m really comfortable with the the Chiefs this weekend. It’s next week I’m worried about… my plan calls for a Tahs win over the Bulls

  • Comment 37, posted at 02.04.09 16:58:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 33) :
    I have a friend working in Warsaw who told me about it, I will try to find out some more detail for you.

    Krakow in the summer – just stunning. I spent some time there in the 80′s, stayed near the Bogotela Theatre.

  • Comment 38, posted at 02.04.09 17:12:52 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 38) : jeepers… how old are you? :)

  • Comment 39, posted at 02.04.09 17:22:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • I didnt say how old I was when I was in Cracow.. but I have a year or 2 on Oubaas. I can remember Craig Jamiesen from school days and if I try hard I can vaguely remember the 1974 British Lions tour…. but I am really only just a lighty.

  • Comment 40, posted at 02.04.09 17:34:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Till the morrow then.

  • Comment 41, posted at 02.04.09 17:38:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 41) : hasta manana, amigo

  • Comment 42, posted at 02.04.09 17:54:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    What are you talking about? The LIONS won the previous Saturday and scored 2 bonus points, when last have the Stormers won?

  • Comment 43, posted at 02.04.09 18:24:36 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : @Hmmm (Comment 43) :

    Let me guess…the game against the LIONS

  • Comment 44, posted at 02.04.09 18:27:38 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    And how many MORE games have the Stormers won thant the LIONS?

    Quick answer ZERO

  • Comment 45, posted at 02.04.09 18:28:45 by Hmmm Reply

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  • So if you are a Stormers fan…PLEASE SHUT UP…

    You have less reason to talk…you team is playing crap with 11 Bokke…
    We playing good but just not good enough at times with 2 (and we need to think carefully if Andre P actually counts!??!)…

  • Comment 46, posted at 02.04.09 18:30:32 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 15) :

    You are not a very good suspicionness…(new word…used/don’t use it)

  • Comment 47, posted at 02.04.09 18:32:15 by Hmmm Reply

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  • And for all your info’s…Loffie’s contract ends this year…he was never going to renew and the LIONS are looking for a replacement…

  • Comment 48, posted at 02.04.09 18:35:37 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Ja, well, all right then.

  • Comment 49, posted at 02.04.09 20:10:51 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 38) : If you ask me – my heart will always go to Katowice.
    but Krakow is … you just need to live there for a while and breath this history (and a church :mrgreen: at every corner.

  • Comment 50, posted at 02.04.09 20:36:49 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 38) : my brother – the one who decided to get married during springbok v lions :neutral: :mrgreen: lives in Krakow.

  • Comment 51, posted at 02.04.09 20:43:24 by rekinek Reply
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  • Hmmm. If it makes you feel any better i think the Stormers are crap! There I said it! Are you happy now? Oh and the Lions really have to be useless to lose to the crap Stormers team… Now go boast about your kak team somewhere else…

  • Comment 52, posted at 02.04.09 21:19:07 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : I have decided – if I’m going down it is in support of SA side – but still (if I do I will cryyyyy :mrgreen:

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