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Ludik replaces villain Van Schalkwyk

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Lions on 11 Sep 2008 at 21:23

Lions fullback Jaco van Schalkwyk has landed a one-match suspension after receiving a red card last week, seeing Louis Ludik fill the No.15 berth for their Currie Cup clash against Griquas on Saturday.

Rugby 365 reports that Van Schalkwyk was cited and duly suspended on Wednesday after a dangerous ‘spear’ tackle on a Falcons player in their 84-13 drubbing of the Brakpan outfit last weekend

Despite losing Chris Jonck early last weekend to concussion (which sees him out of action for the next few weeks), head coach Eugene Eloff has paid tribute to centre Doppies le Grange for taking over in the unfamiliar scrumhalf position, and despite the possible effect that might have had, the team maintained their composure, a factor praised by the coach.

“The dimension that I thought had the biggest influence on the win was the fact that we kept our structure in a game that had the potential to unravel and get loose,” Eloff admitted.

“Points and credit to the boys for keeping that composure.”

In this match, he will again be looking for his team to rely on creating a solid platform and using their strengths to overcome what is likely to be a game Griquas side.

The Lions are currently in fourth place on the log, but eyeing a jump up the standings should the Cheetahs drop points to the high-riding Sharks in Durban in the later game, there is plenty riding on the outcome of this weekend’s matches.

Western Province (WP) have started their revival with the return of their Springboks from Tri-Nations duty and will certainly be going all out to reduce the nine-point deficit between fourth and fifth positions as they fight tooth and nail for a place in the semifinals.

Griquas in sixth place and three points adrift of WP still have a mathematical possibility of making the semis and should certainly not be written off. They will no doubt arrive at Coca-Cola Park as a competitive outfit with only one intention – to cause an upset.

In other team changes, Jano Vermaak is back at scrumhalf following his one-week suspension.

In the pack, Justin Wheeler takes over from Franco van der Merwe at flank, with the latter partnering Anton van Zyl at lock following the unfortunate season-ending injury to Gerhard Mostert last weekend.

In the final change, Ross Geldenhuys comes off the bench to replace Lawrence Sephaka.

Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Trompie Nontshinga, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Justin Wheeler, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Anton van Zyl, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Lawrence Sephaka, 18 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Louis Strydom, 21 Rayno Benjamin, 22 Dusty Noble.


  • I have that this lad Lubabalo Mtyanda is quite the monstor and one to watch for the future.Been a while since we have had any blacks locks..look forward to seeing him play. 2.02 m and 120 kgs..sounds promising.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.09.08 21:51:41 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • heard/read

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.09.08 21:52:11 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • A fairly strong team..considering all the injuries and suspensions..just got to get through this game with none of that or else its gonna become a very big ask to stay in this CC race.

    Common da LIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.09.08 21:53:55 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • Have never heard of him before but he seems to be big and strong enough.

    I hope he is built like Bakkies and not like Davids. i.e. let’s hope that 120 is muscle and not fat.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.09.08 21:54:29 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 3) :

    i was also expecting a pretty depleted side after all the talk of injuries and the suspension(s) that you had/have.

    But as you say this is still a good side.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.09.08 21:55:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    And also a better atitude than old Davids.

    I just noticed the feature showing how many comments one has made..I’m not in the top 20 👿

    Gonna have to remedy that..pull a Hmmm and just bable for the sake of babbling 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.09.08 21:59:32 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 6) :

    not in the top 20……….anymore!!!! 😀

    How far behind #20 are you? can’t be too far, i am sure you were in the top 20 last week still.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.09.08 22:03:25 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • GO GRIEKWAS! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.09.08 13:59:39 by McLovin Reply
  • anyone looking for an upset?… i see Griquas are feeling confident…
    below is an excerpt from an article on their site

    “…When Griquas meet the Xerox Lions at Coca Cola Park this Saturday they will be a better side than that which was so narrowly, if controversially beaten here at home in July 36 -32.
    The side that the Lions last met was certainly not Griquas best side, bedevilled by injury and bad form having recently having players, tired and injured, returning from the Super 14 Tournament and a hard fought Voadacom Cup, coach Dawie battled to get a coherent side with some depth together back in July. That has all changed and if their last two games are anything to judge by, Griquas are looking and playing better than they have thus far this current Currie Cup season. In fact they are looking as good as they did when they beat everyone at home at the beginning of last year`s Cup….”

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.09.08 19:07:43 by spykerbaard Reply

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