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Lions lose Heinke


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 20 Apr 2009 at 08:06
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The victorious Lions team were dealt another cruel as they headed to Perth for the final match of their Australasian tour. Star prop Heinke van der Merwe has been ruled out for at least four months.

Rugby 365 reports that coach Eugene Eloff has confirmed that the 23-year-old prop injured his knee in the team’s impressive 31-20 win over the Chiefs at the weekend.

“Unfortunately it seems Heinke [van der Merwe] will be out for a long time,” Eloff said, adding: “We’ve lost a few key players, but we’ll grind it out.”

The Lions had lost captain Cobus Grobbelaar and fullback Louis Ludik before the encounter with the Blues in Week Nine. Both have already flown home.

Eloff is hopeful that stand-in captain Jaque Fourie, who injured his eye against the Blues and missed the encounter with the Reds, would be fit to face the Western Force in Perth on Friday.

Eloff praised his team for showing character in beating the Reds, despite being down to 13 men for about 10 minutes – after Robert Kruger (late tackle) and Anton van Zyl (professional foul) were yellow carded.

“Losing two guys to yellow cards for silly things they did was tough, but the team just stuck together and I think the self believe is coming back to this team,” the coach said.

“Both teams, the Reds and Lions, can play incredible rugby – both teams just need consistency.

“If we [the Lions] can be just more consistent I think we can go forward,” he added.

Ernst Joubert, who took over the captaincy against the Reds after Grobbelaar and Fourie were ruled out, also praised his teams character.

“To play with 13 guys against this team that can throw the ball around and play a kind of touch rugby game, I must really take my hat of to my team, it was brilliant,” Joubert said.

“In the first half we played into their hands, trying to play a high-tempo game, but after the break we slowed the game down and it suited us better.”



21 Comments

  • Eish!!!!!! That also rules him out for the British Lions tour and probably Tri-Nations as well. :sad:

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.04.09 08:25:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Dammit dude, and here I thought Rassie might have signed him. :???: :shock:

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.04.09 08:28:24 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) :

    He isn’t fast enough to be a loose forward. :roll:

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.04.09 08:38:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    GGGGGRRRRRRRRRR :evil:

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.04.09 08:39:57 by wpw Reply
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  • It’s also been confirmed that Fourie will fly home, his eye injury is still a problem so he won’t play against the Force

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.04.09 10:08:13 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 5) :

    Hey Walter!!

    I must say I am impressed with the way your team is playing at the moment.

    Do you think Loffie will still leave at the end of the S14?? :???:

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.04.09 10:12:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 5) :

    :mad: :mad:

    Let’s hope he get’s sorted soon.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.04.09 10:13:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 6) :

    After picking them two weeks in a row on SB I’m just glad that MY faith in them finally paid off. :razz:

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.04.09 10:13:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 6) :

    I chatted to a player at the Vodacom Cup match on Saturday who told me that the union informed the players that Loffie will stay for the Currie Cup.

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.04.09 10:18:17 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Hard luck Lions… I hope next season you’ll start on a winning note.

    “We’ve lost a few key players, but we’ll grind it out.”
    Amazing what a few wins can do for a team. Loffie could easily use these injury problems as an excuse but he’s backing the remaining players to fight for the team. Confidence is clearly up in Transvaal and who can blame them. :razz:

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.04.09 10:21:42 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 6) :

    Don’t tell you’re now jumping the Sharks ship to the Lions… :evil: :evil: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.04.09 10:22:39 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 9) :

    Talking about Vodacom Cup. I see your boys are travelling down to Durban to play the Sharks XV this weekend in the VC 1/4 Final. :cool:

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.04.09 10:25:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @blackshark – YNWA (Comment 11) : Not a Bad idea, afterall the Lions have always been a bit slow and when Loffie told them about his three year plan, they did no realise they had to implement it in the third year. so watch us next year, now that the boys understand :grin:

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.04.09 10:26:17 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 13) : :grin:

    Loffie meant. It’ll take him three years to come up with a plan. :razz:

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.04.09 10:33:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 9) :

    I reckon that it good news.

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.04.09 10:35:04 by wpw Reply
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  • @blackshark – YNWA (Comment 11) :

    Nooit bru! Sharks for LIFE!!!

    BLACK AND WHITE… NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.04.09 10:36:54 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) :
    :lol:
    @wpw (Comment 16) :

    Good…you can see the Lions supporters like Whindy are starting to be arrogant… :wink:

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.04.09 10:40:23 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) :

    Yes, we sneaked in the back door…losing 4 and then winning the last 2. Funny how a team that won 2/6 can qualify for the Quarters..

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.04.09 10:41:41 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 18) :

    ‘Yes, we sneaked in the back door…’

    Stop talking about the Stormers like that!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.04.09 10:51:55 by wpw Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 18) :

    It’s all about keeping the smaller unions happy IMO. There should MAYBE be a Semi Final but 1/4 Finals are just a way to increase revenue for the smaller unions and make them feel included.

    I would like to see it as. You win your section, you play in the final against the team who won the other section, Home and away if need be.

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.04.09 10:55:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Huge blow for both the Lions and th Boks.

    A real pity and wish him a complete and speedy recovery.

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.04.09 11:17:38 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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