No more Petoors for Lions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content on 25 Jun 2009 at 21:51
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It’s going from bad to worse for the poor bloody Xerox Lions. As if it wasn’t bad enough losing Andre Pretorius to the Western Force for next year’s Super 14, the injury-prone pivot will not feature at all in this year’s Currie Cup, due to a thigh injury that required surgery. Pretorius will not play for the Lions again.

To add insult to injury, the Lions’ other Bok stalwart, prop Lawrence Sephaka, will also miss the entire 2009 Currie Cup campaign, having recently undergone shoulder surgery. Joining Sephaka on the sidelines for the duration of the competition are outside backs Louis Ludick and Jannie Boshoff, both of whom picked up season-ending injuries against the British and Irish Lions earlier this month. Lock Gerhardt Mostert and prop Heinke van der Merwe are also out for the season.

A frankly ridiculous number of players have opted to leave the union for pastures greener, following the acrimonious sacking of coach Loffie Eloff (he has been replaced by a coach who has no experience other than at school level). Key forwards Willie Wepener (Clermont), Anton van Zyl (Western Province), Ernst Joubert and Ethienne Reynecke (both Saracens) will be sorely missed. Another lock, former cricketer Dewald Senekal, has also left.

At least the “mercurial” Herkie Kruger, back from an unsuccessful stint in the French second division, has decided to cast in his lot with the hapless Joburg bunch. Former player Balie Swart will assist the forwards as a consultant, a role he has played for the Sharks for the past few seasons.

With this bunch, I guess we’ll find out once and for all exactly how much of a miracle worker Jake White really is…


  • it looks like they might have signed Frikkie Welsh as well

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.06.09 22:55:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • i really feel sorry for, if i wasnt a shark i wouldve been a lion

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.06.09 06:36:20 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 2) : I’d rather be a hammer than a nail, yes I would!

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.06.09 07:17:10 by Baldrick Reply

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  • Oh well, can’t say I’m surprised that Pretorius is injured AGAIN!


  • Comment 4, posted at 26.06.09 07:26:38 by wpw Reply
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  • Good times

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.06.09 08:41:59 by Claytie Reply
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  • Hope the force have a decent back-up, Pretoors will belucky to get through 3 games in his new colours.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.06.09 10:44:58 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 6) : and of those, one will be sublime and two kak

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.06.09 11:12:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 6) : maybe they’re hoping that he’ll get crocked early on, so O’Connor will have no option but to play 10

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.06.09 11:14:43 by robdylan Reply
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