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Leopards struck by injuries


Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Other SA Teams on 23 Sep 2009 at 13:29
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The regular captain of the Leopards, Wilhelm Koch, and five other players are injured for Friday night’s clash against the Sharks in Durban.

New captain André Swanepoel will have to do battle against the Sharks without star fullback Russell Jeacocks, inside centre Basil de Doncker, flyhalf Cecil Dumond, prop Nardus Lombard and star scrumhalf Michael Bondesio.

Koch and Bondesio have been two of the Leopards’ stars during the maiden Currie Cup voyage and could be sorely missed against a star-studded Sharks side.

Bondesio, who has been ruled out because of flu, will watch Jean  Tiedt get a start in Durban with the young Chris Erasmus on the bench.

Swanepoel will be happy that he has the pin-point boot of Clayton Durand back in the side with Dumont playing the National Club Championships. Durand was the country’s top scorer last year.

Tiedt is one of a few ex-Sharks who couldn’t cut it in Durban but has been included in the Leopards side, along with fullback Danie Dames, inside centre Berndt Theissinger and flanker Thabo Mamojele.

The Leopards’ pack has been bulked up with the return of loosehead Divan Kotzé who replaces Nardus Lombard.

The Leopards will go into battle without a reserve lock on the bench using Mamojele as the lock cover.

The Pukke’s Neil Jacobs, who has represented the Under 21s for the past few weeks, will sit on the bench in a trade-off with the Pukke to use Dumond.

Leopards: 15 Danie Dames; 14 Jovan Bowles, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Berndt Theissinger, 11 Jan van Zyl; 10 Clayton Durand, 9 Jean Tiedt; 8 RW Kember, 7 Thabo Mamojele, 6 André Swanepoel (captain), 5 Draad Linde, 4 Ligtoring Landman, 3 Os van der Walt, 2 Gavin Williamson, 1 Divan Kotzé.
Replacements: 16 Pellow van der Westhuizen, 17 Nardus Lombard, 18 Bennie Adams, 19 Riaan Swanepoel, 20 Chris Erasmus, 21 Neil Jacobs, 22 Bom Samaai

with thanks to www.rugby365.com



9 Comments

  • Shame..

    You dont wanna lose so many players if you play the defending champs..

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.09.09 13:36:02 by SuperGirl Ice Babe(Wingat because I CAN!) Reply
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  • @SuperGirl Ice Babe(Wingat because I CAN!) (Comment 1) : i get a feeling they may struggle, but as a sharks fan I’m not complaining :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.09.09 13:38:02 by war1 Reply
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  • BTW – who has some info on thsi Pellow vd Westhuizen

    Thats’ not a popuar nick (unless thats his real name) and the name sounded so familiar. So I asked my Mom and there was a guy in my hometown rather a legend it seems with te name Pillow / Pellow vd westhuizen..wonder if it coul dbe family?

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.09.09 13:39:06 by SuperGirl Ice Babe(Wingat because I CAN!) Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 2) :

    I am witchu!! :lol:

    I just had to show some form of empathy..its in my nature.. ;-) :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.09.09 13:40:14 by SuperGirl Ice Babe(Wingat because I CAN!) Reply
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  • @SuperGirl Ice Babe(Wingat because I CAN!) (Comment 3) : Maybe they’re 4th cousins twice removed? :wink:

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.09.09 13:46:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • sharks team is out BTW

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.09.09 13:48:44 by war1 Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) :

    Oh, please lets not start THAT convo again!! I am still confused from the other day!! :mrgreen:

    @war1 (Comment 6) :

    Now put it up.. :roll: :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.09.09 13:50:52 by SuperGirl Ice Babe(Wingat because I CAN!) Reply
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  • @SuperGirl Ice Babe(Wingat because I CAN!) (Comment 7) : it is!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.09.09 14:00:00 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 8) : the headline is “sharks pick strong team”

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.09.09 14:01:19 by war1 Reply
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