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Ten things I like about…


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 18 Jan 2011 at 10:46
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Having endured a little criticism of late for being a wee bit negative about some of the other South African teams, I thought I might try to set the record straight a little. Far from being a complete and utter “big cat hater”, I hereby give you the ten things I like about the Lions and the Cheetahs.

1) Ellis Park Stadium. Weird, I know, but I have yet to experience a more intense atmosphere than when Ellis Park is packed out for a big game. As much as I understand and appreciate why the Lions may want to relocate, you’ve got to hand it to them for still having the “grand dame” of old school rugby stadia in South Africa.

2) John Mitchell. Top rugby man, top rugby brain and a good friend of our own Plummo. While I may not particularly like or respect too many of the other figures involved in the Lions administration, in Mitch they have a really top bloke looking after the most important aspect – the results.

3) Andries Strauss. What a player, what a legend! Watching him play in a Cheetahs jersey again will be somewhat bittersweet, but he will always have my support and appreciation for his years of loyal service to the Sharks.

4) Nico Serfontein. Another truly great coach and “structures man” whom the Lions have brought in to get their junior rugby sorted out. It’s not going to happen overnight, but if I were a Lions fan, I’d be far more excited about this development than anything else that has happened there.

5) The Cheetahs loose forwards. What a truly superb combination, with captain courageous Juan Smith, the überpoacher Hein Brüssow and the seemingly indestructible Ashley Johnson at the back. One of the best balanced units in the country, in my book.

6) Griquas. What a plucky team – always getting dealt the worst of hands, yet somehow still managing to play good rugby and remain competitive throughout. They’re a part of the Cheetahs franchise at the end of the day and it’s always pleasing to see a good smattering of hard-as-nails Kimberley boys playing for the Cheetahs Super Rugby team.

7) The Sharks in Lions colours. Waylon Murray, Rory Kockott, Joe Snyman, Renaldo Bothma, Mike Rhodes, Pat Cilliers, Warren Whiteley… the list goes on. While they may have failed to poach any truly big names, the Lions nevertheless have a solid core of guys who have dished up superb rugby in the black and white in the past. None of them is a bad player and I wish all of them well as they continue to make big strides in Johannesburg.

8) Jaco Taute. What an awesome player. This young man is a truly exciting home-grown talent for the Lions and along with Elton Jantjies, should ensure plenty of exciting attacking rugby for their fans in years to come.

9) Coenie Oosthuizen. His play reminds me of all the good things that made us love Ollie le Roux. Props that run and score tries while still holding their end up in the scrum are always a pleasure to watch.

10) Whindy, CSB, Walter and co. This sounds like one of those AA-style confessions, but here goes anyway. “I’m Rob and some of my best friends are Lions supporters”. While it’s no secret that I don’t hold the “run-of-the-mill” Lions fans in particularly high regard, I truly and honestly treasure those guys who have managed to look beyond my blatant Sharks bias and stick with us as we’ve turned Sharksworld into the success it is today.



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  • 3) Andries Strauss. What a player, what a legend! Watching him play in a Cheetahs jersey again will be somewhat bittersweet, but he will always have my support and appreciation for his years of loyal service to the Sharks.

    Have we not ripped Dries a few new ones on this site?(until nthe final that is)

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.01.11 10:54:12 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Had to put cheetahs and lions together (and throw in the griquas) to come up with ten things to like..

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.01.11 10:59:54 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 1) : we’ve been critical of him when his play hasn’t warranted merit, sure.

    But I like to think I’ve given him praise as well. Search for “in defence of Dries”, for example

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.01.11 11:00:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob…I didn’t think that a bit of criticism would bring you to these extremes but well done anyway. I thought that you would just shrug it off because it’s par for the course. :grin:

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.01.11 11:00:29 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 2) : it’s a start… :)

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.01.11 11:00:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Grey College

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.01.11 11:01:15 by bergshark Reply

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  • Nice comeback!

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.01.11 11:02:16 by Crock Reply

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  • I have to agree on Ellis Park. I watched a Tri nation test there many years ago and the atmosphere was brilliant.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.01.11 11:04:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I hope you didn’t scare off all the Lions fans. I hope they come back to read this article. :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.01.11 11:06:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 6) : oooh – that’s a good one. I dig Grey, if only for all the superb players they send to us each year!

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.01.11 11:07:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Jeez one response :smile:

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.01.11 11:08:41 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 2) : :lol:
    C’mon, you have to have a soft spot for the Kwasse, they will almost always give you a good game, and if you are a WP supporter they will sometimes break your soul

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.01.11 11:11:19 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Lol, I always think of the Lions as the old Minardi F1 team. Never has a chance but some how people like them.

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.01.11 11:21:16 by Tommy Chilcott Reply

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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 12) : yes,and watching oom Bushie next to the field giving his all is awesome.Oom bushie is a legend .he has to be my fav rugby supporter !
    hope the kwaggakwassies get connolly as head coach.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.01.11 11:22:06 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 14) : Ja nee

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.01.11 11:25:05 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 14) : me too. See they’ve got Anton Leonard in to work with the forwards?

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.01.11 11:30:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • FOUR things I like about the Lions.

    1) Walter, Whindy, Willa, CSB (why all the W’s?

    2) Their inability to write binding contracts.

    3) Their inability to spot talent in their own ranks. Deysel you machine.

    4) Their inability to lure frontline players from the Sharks.

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.01.11 11:38:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Rob I can easily see a follow up article on this one about the 100 things you don’t like about the lions and cheetahs! ;) :)

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.01.11 11:39:54 by Ben Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) :

    You are in top form Oubaas!

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.01.11 11:41:49 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Tommy Chilcott (Comment 13) : Except that Minardi had to do things on a shoestring budget, while the Lions have buckets full of cash.

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.01.11 11:42:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 18) : I’m going to try and restrain myself

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.01.11 11:47:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) :

    And the fact that everybody already loves Griquas the way they loved Minardi..

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.01.11 11:48:05 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : Ja true

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.01.11 11:50:11 by Tommy Chilcott Reply

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  • :lol:

    The only things I do not like about the Lions and Cheetahs are Reyneke and Verster, two broderbond creatures that have to relocate to Orania – heck Strooli and Van Zyl can go there to then perhaps the Sharks can be on my like list.

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.01.11 12:03:52 by RL Reply

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  • Good to see some positive. I wouldn’t goes far as writing an article about the teams, but good on you. a strong lions and cheetahs team offers a lot of good to sa rugby and the boks. i hope all this money the lions are throwing around actually develops better players. and the cheetahs need to turn the corner soon or look at moving over for the kings. (as much as i dislike the politics the kings will bring with them)

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.01.11 12:05:37 by try time Reply

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  • You guys forgot their trump card. Last year the Felions were by far the best looking dancing girls in SA.

    Also you can adapt a catchy song for the lions when they pull off an unexpected victory!
    “In the Jungle the Concrete Jungle
    the Lions Leads tonight . . . ” :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.01.11 12:06:40 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 26) : The dancing girls were pretty and they had a very nice jersey as well…..the Lions jersey was a hell of a lot nicer than the new Stormers jersey :twisted:

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.01.11 12:09:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @RL (Comment 24) : there have been times we have been wondering about straeuli’s abilities, but he seems to have turned the tide and is building a good pool of players. the players also seem happy which is an indication of how well he his looking after them. so people can change. so maybe reynecke and verster can learn a thing or two. a team needs every player happy and that starts with stability at the top.

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.01.11 12:12:17 by try time Reply

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  • @Original Champion (Comment 26) : the lions very own praise singer. :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.01.11 12:13:22 by try time Reply

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  • @RL (Comment 24) : Welcome back my friend!

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.01.11 12:19:56 by Ben Reply
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  • Franco vd Merwe will captain the Lions in Super Rugby. Happy for him. Good honest player. Always preferred him at 7, though.

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.01.11 12:20:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • I was born in the Freestate and the Lions has allways been close to my heart but right now I cant think of a single thing I like about either of the two teams :twisted:

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.01.11 12:32:38 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 25) :

    a strong lions and cheetahs team offers a lot of good to sa rugby and the boks ?????

    Are you a politician on the weekends?

    Dude. ANY strong team helps the Boks be better. What is special about a strong Lions or Cheetahs team?

    In fact they were both KAK in 2007 and we won the RWC, so if the performance of any individual team has an influence on the Boks, then I would rather both those teams are as kak as they were in 2007.

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.01.11 12:36:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) :

    Good point..

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.01.11 12:38:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • My fav thing about the lions is their super 14 game against the chiefs last year!

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.01.11 12:41:16 by Ben Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) : a strong sharks and bulls squad gives the boks 60 well coached and managed players with good gametime and experience. start adding more teams with good structures you up the pool by 30 for each team. you have teams that won’t turn good players to poor performers. lets look at a basic scenario of pat cilliers and rory kockett. both have left the sharks where they were certain of little game time. now the move to the lions in the past would have been ludicrous as both players would have gone backwards in their quality. with the lions securing john mitchell and improving the quality of players around these two you keep their value up. it isn’t as hard to comprehend as you seem to think. we need to have stronger well managed teams in the super 15 giving boks 150 top players with quality gametime. we won’t always be lucky with injuries like we were in 2007.

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.01.11 12:55:29 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 36) : I agree with what you are saying now but What you have just said is not what you said in Comment 25.

    There you said a good lions and cheetahs teams make for a better Springbok team. What, I gather, you meant to say was the more good teams we have in SA the better for the Springbok team.

  • Comment 37, posted at 18.01.11 13:08:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 37) : i see where i went wrong, i missed the word “players” out after the word “good”. that would have made it clearer. but i want to see the kiwis and aussies beaten by all our teams this year. i know it is a pipe dream, but it will be a great morale booster for the boks.

  • Comment 38, posted at 18.01.11 13:18:50 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 36) :
    So what you are saying is that the bigger the number of high-performing SA provincial teams, the bigger the talent pool available for the Boks?

    Deep choons. Took some analysis did it? :lol:

  • Comment 39, posted at 18.01.11 13:38:56 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 39) : :razz:

  • Comment 40, posted at 18.01.11 13:44:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • still squabbling like an old married threesome?

  • Comment 41, posted at 18.01.11 13:46:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 39) : that is the round about way of saying it. :lol:

  • Comment 42, posted at 18.01.11 14:20:01 by try time Reply

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  • @RL (Comment 24) : I’m a bit slow. Please explain the Reyneke / Verster Orania connection. Thanks.

  • Comment 43, posted at 18.01.11 17:21:34 by beet Reply
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  • 3 Things I really liked about the Lions C/Cup team in 2010 and why I ended up watching so many of their games:
    1) Lions forever trying to play an exciting brand of rugby – this didn’t always work but got A+ for entertainment.
    2)Mitchell gambling on young players that constantly paid off: Taute, Jantjies, Whiteley, Bothma, Bulbring, Jaco Kriel, Bezuidenhout.
    3)2 of the most exciting, underrated, ball-in-hand players in SA: Jano Vermaak and Michael Killian.

  • Comment 44, posted at 18.01.11 17:33:47 by beet Reply
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  • Rob for point no.5 don’t forget Frans Viljoen, an “Yster speler” with a lot of gees.

  • Comment 45, posted at 18.01.11 17:37:19 by beet Reply
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  • I think Im gonna cry :cry:

    So its safe to post again ;-)

    Cheers Rob !

  • Comment 46, posted at 19.01.11 11:04:22 by CSB Aplon's Biggest Fan ! Reply

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  • @CSB Aplon’s Biggest Fan ! (Comment 46) : We just had to put him in his place again ;-)

  • Comment 47, posted at 19.01.11 11:16:40 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 47) :

    Its understandable to be naar when a Union is after your top players ..No wait.. oh .. :razz:

    Seriously though a true Lion supporter should have a fairly thick skin by now :grin:

    and with that Noodle Reyneke we make easy targets !

  • Comment 48, posted at 19.01.11 11:25:42 by CSB Aplon's Biggest Fan ! Reply

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  • @CSB Aplon’s Biggest Fan ! (Comment 48) :

    Noodle. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 49, posted at 19.01.11 11:33:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 49) :

    Nice rack ! :grin:

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