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‘Spectacular’ Lions to face Cavaliers

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Lions on 18 Sep 2008 at 16:32

Lions coach Eugene Eloff has named an unchanged starting XV for the trip to Wellington, to play the Boland Cavaliers in a Currie Cup Round 12 match on Saturday.

Rugby 365 reports that Eloff, who praised his team for their ability to finish off the opportunities created and scoring “some spectacular tries”, has given the Lions the singular aim of continuing their recent good form.

The Lions are secure in the knowledge that if results go their way – the Free State Cheetahs must beat the Blue Bulls, without the latter getting a bonus point – a five-pointer in Wellington could propel Eloff’s charges into second place on the standings.

With the pressure having shifted away from the Lions and placed squarely on the shoulders of the Cheetahs to remain in the top four – with Province in resurgent form following the return of their Springboks – they go into this weekend’s match with the freedom to express themselves.

Having scored a massive 19 tries in their previous two matches, accumulating 124 points in the process, the Lions will look to continue their attacking prowess, while fine-tuning other aspects of the game as the tournament heads into the home stretch.

Eloff did have one problem with his team’s recent performances – the set pieces, in particular the scrums and the line-outs where they were disrupted.

While the starting XV is unchanged, there are three changes on the replacement bench.

Duncan Naudé, who joined the Lions from the Pumas last week, replaces Lubabalo Mtyanda as second row cover. The 23-year-old Naudé, who stands at 2.03m and weigh in at a hefty 130kg, was only cleared by the South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Thursday.

The Pumas, who claimed they had a “verbal contract” with the young star, refused to sign his release form, but SARU ruled in favour of the Lions – opening the way for Eloff to introduce the lanky lock to the Currie Cup fPremier Division.

Jaco van Schalkwyk, back from his one-week suspension for a spear tackle, comes in on the bench for Dusty Noble.

World Cup-winning Springbok Jaque Fourie makes a welcome return from injury and comes back into the matchday 22 for Rayno Benjamin.

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 Duncan Naudé, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Louis Strydom, 21 Jaque Fourie, 22 Jaco van Schalkwyk.



  • Comment 1, posted at 18.09.08 16:36:56 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Jaque Fourie off the bench. 😎 keen to see him back.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.09.08 17:16:24 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • I wonder if this Naude kid is any good… could be a Shark in ’09 if the Lions do their regular good job of hanging onto talent.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.09.08 17:41:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    He sounds huge…we will see what he’s about on Saturday I hope. The Lions had a function at the Cresta Barnyard last night but I don’t think he was there.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.09.08 18:29:35 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions World
  • Man, I LOVE Cresta Barnyard

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.09.08 19:21:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • I managed to get 20 signatures for my Lions jersey…made me happy!

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.09.08 20:56:09 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions World
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 6) : Nice work

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.09.08 20:58:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • It could have been better…I missed out on a few players, but I’ll catch them some other time. And three of the players insisted calling me “oom”, that didn’t make me too happy…LOL!

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.09.08 21:01:09 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions World
  • Is anyone watching B & A? The Fox Sports guys gave PdV some carrot saying he’s funnier than Jerry Seinfeld. 😆 Also they gave a special mention to the Sharks Flashers. 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.09.08 21:08:13 by klempie Reply

  • HAHAHAHAHA…the Valke will have a guy coming off the bench call Straatkar van Zyl. Classic! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.09.08 21:16:32 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 10) : Oeps. I meant Straatkat. Getting my names confused with Draadkar de Lange. 😛

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.09.08 21:17:25 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 9) :

    Yip am watching that 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.09.08 21:19:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Does no one else find that funny? 😯

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.09.08 21:42:43 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 13) : Buddy it was hilarious… I had one eye on Inside Rugby when it came on… Greg Martin said “you try and hold the mic and ask serious questions when those sort of answers are coming out” 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.09.08 02:40:56 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 13) :

    His real name is Freddie, Straatkat is just a nickname, I chatted to him at the Lions function on Wednesday, he is on loan to the Valke from the Lions.

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.09.08 08:00:57 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions World
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 14) : HAHA! They didn’t have that bit on SS. 🙁

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.09.08 11:38:22 by klempie Reply

  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 15) : Ag nee. Ek voel nou ‘n bietjie teleurgesteld. 🙁

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.09.08 11:41:47 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 17) :

    Hoekom, het jy gedink dis sy regte naam? Sy pa is ook ‘n regular op my website, hy het blykbaar ook rugby vir die Leopards gespeel op sy dag.

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.09.08 11:47:55 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions World

    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    LIONS !

    without boks we’re still tops !


  • Comment 19, posted at 19.09.08 14:16:42 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • Wouldn’t a home semi be nice!

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.09.08 14:22:07 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions World
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 20) :


  • Comment 21, posted at 19.09.08 15:47:12 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • oops 😳 pesky caps lock 😈

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.09.08 15:47:52 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • Jippy Jacqie is back…

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.09.08 17:09:24 by Hmmm Reply


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