Stoltz back in the Lions’ den

Written by Jonathan Burt (VinChainSaw)

Posted in :Lions on 5 Feb 2008 at 13:45

Rugby365 reports that veteran lock forward Willem Stoltz is the ‘surprise package’ in the Lions team to face the Sharks in a Super 14 pre-season match in Durban on Wednesday.

Willem Stoltz © Gallo/Getty
The 33-year-old, who played for Agen in the French Second Division (Pro D2) for the past year, has been named in the Lions starting XV for the game against the Sharks – despite having only returned to South Africa a fortnight ago.

Lions team manager Peter Maimane confirmed on Wednesday that Stoltz “will be on trial” in the game, after which coach Eugene Eloff will decided if he is “fit enough” to make the final Super 14 cut.

“We are taking him [Stoltz] to Durban to have a look at him,” Maimane told

“The Super 14 is a very tough competition and we are looking to beef up our squad before the tournament starts,” he added.

Stoltz, a veteran of 76 games for the Lions, was a regular member of the Agen squad before his decision to return home.

Stoltz, at 205cm, is literally a head taller than any of the other locks in the Lions’ pre-season squad – players like Gerhard Mostert (who will miss the trip to Durban through illness), Anton van Zyl, Franco van der Merwe, Cobus Grobler, Alten Hulme and Dewald Senekal.

On Wednesday he will be tested b y World Cup-winning Springboks Johann Muller and Albert van den Berg.

The Lions coach, Eloff, named a 29-man squad to play the Sharks in Durban on Wednesday – with a very experimental starting XV.

Star players like Heinke van der Merwe, Eugene Maqwelana, Cobus Grobbelaar, Jano Vermaak, Louis Strydom, Rayno Benjamin, Jaco Pretorius, Dusty Noble and Louis Ludik are all on the bench.

With injuries still keeping loose forwards Willem Alberts and Joe van Niekerk on the sideline, Franco van der Merwe will be on the flank. He will be joined by RW Kember (at No.8) and Wilhelm Koch among the loose forwards.

Stoltz will be partnered at lock by Cobus Grobler and the front row consists of the relatively untested Ross Geldenhuys, Gavin Williamson and JC Janse van Rensburg.

The backline will see Earl Rose start at fly-half, with the only other ‘high profile’ players centres Jaco van Schalkwyk and Thabang Molefe.

Lions: 15 Michael Killian, 14 Wigan Pekeur, 13 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 12 Thabang Molefe, 11 Heini Gordon, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Chris Jonck, 8 RW Kember, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Wilhelm Koch, 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Cobus Grobler, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Gavin Williamson, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements (from): Heinke van der Merwe, Ashton Constant, Eugene Maqwelana, Alten Hulme, Roland Bernard, Cobus Grobbelaar, Jano Vermaak, Louis Strydom, Rayno Benjamin, Walter Venter, Doppies la Grange, Jaco Pretorius, Dusty Noble, Louis Ludik.

Date: Wednesday, 6 February
Venue: Absa Stadium, Durban
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert


  • Comment 1, posted at 05.02.08 15:18:36 by Vinnie Reply
  • The starting line-up has a definite dirt-tracker feel to it although there are a few regular names on the bench.

    Good to see van Schalkwyk back in the mix for the Lions.

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.02.08 13:47:27 by Vinnie Reply
  • The Lions are going to struggle big time in the S14.

    They have nearly no game breakers in their team whatsoever.

    They also don’t have a flyhalf and their centers are a bunch of donkeys.

    (with the exception of Jacques Fourie of course) 🙄

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.02.08 13:52:02 by wpw Reply
  • Reckon there’s immense expectation on the shoulders of guys like Cobus Grobbelaar to carry them through the season.

    Where they’re gonna find a flyhalf at this late stage in the game is anybody’s guess.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.02.08 13:55:46 by Vinnie Reply
  • Lions are gonna sink like a stone.

    No exceptional players left with injuries to AP and JF. Luddik is very good, but still very young.

    A powerful, but not devastating pack. A mediocre backline – I dont expect too much Im afraid.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.02.08 14:00:00 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • And Andre Pretoors isn’t one either. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.02.08 14:01:32 by wpw Reply
  • Doppies la Grange?

    Baksteen Nel???

    Earl Rose?


  • Comment 7, posted at 05.02.08 14:05:05 by wpw Reply
  • A veritable whos who of rugby deities there.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.02.08 14:17:30 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish

    ‘I did not say go to bed early’

    February 05 2008 at 03:38PM

    Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica on Tuesday denied advising people to go to bed early as a means of conserving electricity.

    “That speech didn’t say ‘go to bed, go to bed, go to bed’,” she said at a media briefing on the department’s national response plan to the electricity crisis.

    Sonjica was speaking in Johannesburg at the launch of the National Energy Efficiency Campaign.

    She said people did not understand how parliament worked and while she was making a speech (on energy saving ideas) in parliament she was interrupted by heckling.

    “Tony Leon (MP and former DA leader) said: ‘Minister, what do you do after you go to bed?’ and I said go to bed, you are stupid, you go to bed… and you will become clever’.

    Click here!

    “It is unfortunate that you have trivialised it… it has become international news.”

    A good message had become trivialised and it bordered on disrespect for South Africans, she said.

    During the briefing she went through some points of the response plan, which included the immediate implementation of a power rationing programme, restricting the sale of incandescent light bulbs, and a penalty and incentive scheme to conserve electricity. – Sapa

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.02.08 14:28:36 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • I have a post in spam.


  • Comment 10, posted at 05.02.08 14:30:19 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • You boys have been BUSY!

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.02.08 15:00:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Comment 12, posted at 05.02.08 15:02:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • Insightful, Vin…

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.02.08 15:59:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • Tried to post a pic with the [img] function. (Replace [ with < )
    Not sure if this pic is delayed because of the cacheing you mentioned earlier, or if I just cocked it up.

    I always thoguht it was supposed to be [img] http//:asdbhasvlhk [/img]

    But apprently not… it sort of inserts the object like this: .[img http//:lsdjbalsjvn /]

    Not sure if its a bug or just works differently.

    Either way I cant see my pic…

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.02.08 16:16:52 by Vinnie Reply
  • should be [img src=”http…” ]

    Again replace [] with angle brackets

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.02.08 18:43:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Nope still cant get it to work.

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.02.08 19:01:24 by Vinnie Reply

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