Sephaka back with the Lions

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions on 26 Jun 2008 at 11:02

Johannesburg – Springbok prop Lawrence Sephaka will start training with the Lions on Monday and could play in the Currie Cup match against the Falcons next Friday evening writes Hennie Brand (Die Beeld)

More good news for the Lions is that Springbok centre Jaque Fourie will be fit to return to first-class rugby soon; probably as a substitute against Griquas on July 19.

Sephaka, nicknamed Kabila, arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday after playing for the French club Toulon since last November.

The 29-year-old prop forward later called at Ellis Park, where the Lions were training for their match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Sephaka received a warm welcome from his former teammates and chatted to Lions coach Eugene Eloff.

He was released to go play in France last year but the Lions retained first-choice rights for when he returned.

“I’ll be playing for the Lions again and will start training with them on Monday,” he said after talking to Eloff.

“The coach wants me to be ready soon. I’ll play against the Falcons if they need me.”

Sephaka, who looks in good shape, and the Golden Lions Rugby Union will discuss Currie Cup and Super 14 contracts at a later stage.

Good experience

The powerful prop played at loosehead as well as tighthead for Toulon, helping the club to regain first-division status.

“It was a good experience,” he said on Wednesday. “There were positive as well as negative aspects but I stuck to the positive ones.

“One of those was that I played with some big names and saw what they had to offer.

“The negative aspect was that I did not play in as many matches as I would have like to,” he added.

The rugby in Toulon’s league was hard but slow-paced. “The Premier League is faster but not as hard as the one in which we played.

“One has to wear gloves to survive because they like to turn up the heat.

“One reason is that the second-division players are frustrated by poor refereeing. That’s when the fur starts flying.

“And in France they expect a prop forward to scrum. After that, you can walk if you want to.”

Lions left wing Ryno Benjamin will be fit to play on Saturday after suffering a heel injury against the Bulls last week.

Eloff has retained the starting line-up that lost to the Bulls.


  • “And in France they expect a prop forward to scrum. After that, you can walk if you want to.”

    Well then I’m really surprised that he returned to SA… 🙄

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.06.08 11:11:12 by wpw Reply
  • His nickname at school was Seppie….how many nicknames does this dude have!??!

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.06.08 11:19:49 by Hmmm Reply

  • Hopefully he has learnt a few tricks over there, and he is experienced, so lets hope he makes an impact.

    Comment 17, posted at 26.06.08 08:55:14 by walter van transvaal.co.za

    @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 17) :

    I agree…I really liked Seppie when he partnered Willie in the front row…they were a great combo…not just for the LIONS/Cats but for the Bokke too…they were the only highlight of the Bokke side at times back then…whether scrummiging or general play…they were both good drivers of the ball…

    Comment 18, posted at 26.06.08 09:14:04 by Hmmm

    But when Willie retired Seppie did too (well mentally that is)…and I am not gonna act like I know what went wrong there…but he lost all his form when he lost his front row partner…

    Lets hope he can have a similar partnership with Heinke….

    Comment 19, posted at 26.06.08 09:15:29 by Hmmm

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.06.08 11:20:12 by Hmmm Reply

  • Seems he just cannot settle down anywhere.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.06.08 16:57:36 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • He has just always seemed to be slightly off the pace in top-flight rugby.

    It’s sad because a little extra effort could’ve gotten him there when he was in his prime.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.06.08 16:58:20 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • This just beggers believe..while we at it why not get Jannie De Beer back to fill the flyhalf spot and perhaps Jorrie Muller too.
    I rated Sephaka a long time ago..its obvious he lacks something now and if hasn’t got it by now he in all probability will never get it again.
    Typical of the Union sell off our talented players and when they ,after years of being elsewere are either injured,useless or in the twilight of their career get them to come back, thus maintain a good ole average playing standard.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.06.08 19:19:38 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply


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