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Lions running out of locks

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Lions on 8 Sep 2008 at 07:04

The Lions are fast running out of locks as the Currie Cup series heads into the home straight.

Hennie Brandt writes in Beeld that Gerhard Mostert’s season was ended when he dislocated his left shoulder in the 83-14 win over the Falcons on Friday night.

The young lock, who has had problems with the same shoulder before, will be out of action for 12 weeks.

This injury follows shortly after the serious hamstring injury sustained earlier by Dewald Senekal.

The Lions are holding thumbs like crazy that he will be ready for their last two Cup fixtures against the Sharks in Johannesburg and WP at Newlands.

To further disrupt matters, locks like Willem Stoltz, Cobus Grobler and Alten Hulme are no longer available following their decisions to play rugby in Italy and France.

Eighthman Willem Alberts’s season has been ended by a torn ankle ligament. He could have been considered for lock in an emergency.

“With Gerhard’s injury we’re in trouble and seriously depleted in the lock department,” said forwards coach Leon Boshoff. “We will now have to go to the clubs to see what talent there may be.

Injury bogeyman

“Unfortunately we can’t consider players from the University of Johannesburg, as they are participating in the national club tournament (in Stellenbosch). This may just be the opportunity for a completely unknown player to come to the fore.”

Coach Eugene Eloff said the injury bogeyman has been following the Lions around since as far back as the Super 14 series. “All the injuries that have hit us have been serious.”

Fortunately for Eloff and co they at least still have the luxury of selecting Franco van der Merwe to partner Anton van Zyl at lock for Saturday’s match against Griquas.

Van der Merwe’s place in the number 7 jersey will be taken by either Justin Wheeler or Derick Minnie.

With Chris Jonck’s having sustained concussion against the Falcons, Eloff will probably consider one of the scrumhalves from the Lions’ Under-19 or Under-20 side for the bench.

Jano Vermaak will take over the number 9 jersey after having served his one-match suspension for a spear tackle.

Meanwhile Manie Reynecke, CEO of the Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU), says he has extended an offer to the loose forward of the American Eagles, Todd Clever, to play Super 14 and Currie Cup rugby for the Lions.


  • speaking of the lions, how was their support in brakpan? I think their were more supporters there than what turn up at coke dealer park. isn’t this a good advert on why the lions need to move their stadium.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.09.08 07:52:24 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 1) :

    it just looked more becasue of the relative size of the stadium IMO.

    But you saying that reminds me of the S14 Final in Durban with the BBRU moaning that the Sharks never gave them any tickets only for the Stadium to have more Bulls than Sharks fans. (Boetie Boetie)

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.09.08 07:56:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : thats because half the season tickets at kingspark are bought by bulls supporters. i know when i owned season tickets the seats on either side of me were empty every game unless there was a bulls or free state game and then i would be surrounded by opposition supporters. the suite holders were probably ordered by management in joburg to only let gauteng guys in for the s14, as they were senior management. it is worrying though that senior management actually support the bulls, doesn’t say much for the decision making in those companies. lol.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.09.08 08:13:00 by try time Reply
  • Send them big Nik!

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.09.08 08:15:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Not very Clever buying a loose forward when they already have so many. I wonder if he can play flyhalf

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.09.08 08:16:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • Pulling a hmmm here. How good is that Derick Minnie? Come to Durbs!

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.09.08 08:17:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • also wouldn’t it be better then to move to a smaller stadium where it will be less depressing for the players to run out and see stands full. rather than currently running onto the pitch to be greeted by a wall of empty seats.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.09.08 08:18:28 by try time Reply

  • I was up at Coke park last week :mrgreen: Sitting in the Main stand with a season ticket holder (these tickets have been in the family for years so I assumed they would be good.) Yes the were over the tunnel but amost the same elevation as Ponte Tower.
    The point I’m trying to make is that while the stadium looks empty, the main stand is fairly full from whence the TV cameras are situated.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.09.08 08:37:28 by Ernie Reply

  • @Ernie (Comment 8) : but when the players run out onto the park they see the empty stand, and that cannot give them the boost they need.

    but that also begs the question, why don’t the stadiums put the media boxes and cameras on the opposite side. that way it makes good viewership and you move those journo leeches away from the players.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.09.08 08:49:28 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 9) : Stadiums are packed according to the quality of play… 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.09.08 08:59:41 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • Would be interesting to see if Clever decides to come. He is Captain of the Eagles XVs and 7s teams.

    Will have to miss the 7s WC and a ferw of the IRB 7s series rounds due to S14 if he does come.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.09.08 09:26:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • where are the cronje brohers when you need them..

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.09.08 17:51:23 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • Meanwhile Manie Reynecke, CEO of the Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU), says he has extended an offer to the loose forward of the American Eagles, Todd Clever, to play Super 14 and Currie Cup rugby for the Lions.

    Now this is the kind of forward thinking that has been missing and required.

    Id even go and have a look for a couple of big ass Georgians and Romaniains…fresh from battle 🙂

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.09.08 17:54:01 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply


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