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Muir makes one change.


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 25 Feb 2010 at 08:08
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Auto and General Lions director of coaching Dick Muir has made only one enforced change from the side beaten 72-65 by the Chiefs last weekend to his starting line-up for Saturday’s Super 14 match against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Experienced lock Willem Stoltz, who is suspended for this match, is replaced by new cap George Earl. It will be the acquisition from Boland’s first cap for the Lions and also his Super 14 debut. He leapfrogs Jacques Lombaard, who remains on the bench, into the starting team

On the bench Muir has opted for centre Walter Venter as replacement in stead of flyhalf Burton Francis. His reasoning is that the Lions centres have had two tough matches against big opponents and that a rest for one of them would be a good thing at this stage. Earl Rose will cover for Carlos Spencer at flyhalf.

The withdrawal of No 8 Jonathan Mokuena before the tour leaves a loose forward vacancy on the bench and Mokuena’s replacement in the tour squad, Robert Kruger, will be on the bench for the match.
Lions – Earl Rose; Tonderai Chavhanga, Deon Van Rensburg, Doppies La Grange, Wandile Mjekevu; Carlos Spencer, JP Joubert; Todd Clever, Derick Minnie, Cobus Grobbelaar (capt), George Earl, Franco Van der Merwe, Ross Geldenhuys, Hannes Franklin, Heinke Van der Merwe.
Substitues – Charles Emslie, Kevin Buys, Jacques Lombaard, Robert Kruger, Jacques Coetzee, Walter Venter, Michael Killian.

From Sport 24.



12 Comments

  • The withdrawal of No 8 Jonathan Mokuena before the tour leaves a loose forward vacancy

    Was he withdrawn or did he withdraw himself? I missed this in the news.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.02.10 08:12:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : he’s playing vodacom cup this weekend. Doubt he withdrew himself…

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.02.10 08:18:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    From starting in Rnd 1 to being not good enough to even go on tour?????????????????????

    Would love to hear the story behind this. Who is this Robert Kruger guy who replaced Mokuena?

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.02.10 08:20:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : we had a guy who started in round 2, yet isn’t on the tour!

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.02.10 08:29:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • Jonathan Mokuena’s wife is expecting a child in the next week or so, which is why he withdrew himself from the touring squad

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.02.10 08:53:18 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 5) : ah, thanks. Makes sense. Wish them all the best, obviously

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.02.10 09:11:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : true that, imho you need a squad of about 28-30 players on a tour

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.02.10 09:21:04 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 7) : even worse, told him on the eve of his Super 14 starting debut that he had been dropped from the tour group, then still expected him to perform…

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.02.10 09:35:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • Am i right in thinking that the Highlanders are going for three wins in a row against the Cheetah at home ?

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.02.10 13:14:03 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • It’s soooo good to see that someone out there heard me and is keeping Todd Clever in the starting 15. I’ve been going on about it since last year and was so glad when he was picked last week. Also good to see Minnie in the starting 15. Now if only they can make place for Killian, then I’ll be happy :)

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.02.10 14:28:40 by Nita Reply

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  • Interesting changes to the Highlanders !

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.02.10 14:36:54 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Sorry wrong opposition was thinking Cheetahs not Lions :cry:

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.02.10 14:41:23 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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