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have opted to leave the union for pastures greener, following the acrimonious sacking of coach Loffie Eloff (he has been replaced by a coach who has no experience other than at school level).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…Tweet