Come to Durban, Walter Venter

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super 14 on 4 Feb 2009 at 14:50
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The Lions have pulled another Deysel!

Just to explain what I mean, the act of blatantly ignoring talent right under your nose shall henceforth be known as “pulling a Deysel”, named after the frankly ludicrous way in which the Lions allowed Jean Deysel to wallow around in the depths of their system for three years without ever once noticing his obvious talents. Deysel was practically shown the door by the GLRU and a scant 18 months later was recognised as the Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year, in the colours of the Sharks.

Now, forgive me if I’m wrong here, but I reckon they’re doing it all over again with Walter Venter. The 24-year-old inside centre has regularly been one of their standout players over the last two years and would appear to have made the best of the limited opportunities he’s had. Somehow, though, inexplicably, the distinctly average Gideon “Doppies” la Grange continues to be selected ahead of Venter at every conceivable opportunity. To add insult to injury, Venter now finds himself cut from the Lions Super 14 squad entirely – for no other reason than having the audacity to specialise as an inside centre.

Venter’s place in the squad has gone to journeyman former Griquas utility back Barry Goodes. Goodes has apparently now been contracted by the GLRU and will stick around until the end of the Super 14 and beyond. He has been chosen above Venter as he is also a makeshift flyhalf. Now call me crazy, but I’d rather have a player in my squad who is brilliant in one position, than a guy who is mediocre in a whole bunch.

Come to Durban, Walter Venter. You are clearly not wanted in Lions country and your talents and skills could be better utilised elsewhere. Who knows, we might just be in the market for a new inside centre in the near future…


  • I’m waiting for somebody to tell me how myopic this article is :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.02.09 14:55:05 by robdylan Reply
  • Said the same thing on Keo.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.02.09 14:56:17 by MorneN Reply
  • Walter from must be tearing his head out.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.02.09 14:56:59 by MorneN Reply
  • The Liopns deserve the spoon

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.02.09 14:57:44 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @MorneN (Comment 2) : so you did… great minds 🙂

    Is that confirmed, or just what you surmise?

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.02.09 14:57:47 by robdylan Reply
  • Just an assumption – of all the provinces the Sharks lack depth at 12.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.02.09 15:00:01 by MorneN Reply
  • No scrap that, they lack a quality 12 full stop! 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.02.09 15:00:32 by MorneN Reply
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 4) : the Cheetahs are going to fight them tooth and nail for it, though…

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.02.09 15:01:03 by robdylan Reply
  • Lions could be the new Free state… 😀

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.02.09 15:02:31 by arrogant blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • I’m off, cheers till later.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.02.09 15:02:42 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 7) : i reckon Swannie’s the guy to fill that spot long term…

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.02.09 15:02:55 by robdylan Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 10) : I wondered what the smell was

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.02.09 15:04:02 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    Fight them for the position of Sharks Distant Academy?

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.02.09 15:04:28 by arrogant blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Nah i think the Lions will be firmly entrenched. If they keep making player decisions like this.

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.02.09 15:10:52 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 14) : fair enough.

    Lions do have a better full-strength lineup, though. If AP pitches for the opening game, I reckon they’ll murder the Cheetahs. Both squads are ridiculously thin, though… neither have any depth to speak of in the tight five. Or in the centres. Or at halfback… Shit…

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.02.09 15:15:34 by robdylan Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 3) :

    Just about…but it’s not just Walter Venter that won’t make the squad, he is joined by Ethienne Reynecke, Louis Strydom, Justin Wheeler, Ross Geldenhuys…all capable players…

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.02.09 15:53:59 by walter van Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • @walter van (Comment 16) : ah yes. This is true.

    Ettas is a bloody good hooker. I rate him as possibly better than Schalk Brits because he has a tight game to complement his loose one.

    Strydom… well, not a very flashy flyhalf, but I remember the CC semi in 2007. He executed pretty bloody well that day and beat the SHarks on his own.

    Wheeler – I’m not so sure. How big is he? Does he have decent skills? One thing the Lions don’t seem to lack is good loosies.

    Geldenhuys – now there’s a guy that the Stormers should be looking at.

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.02.09 16:14:44 by robdylan Reply
  • No need to be tearing into the Lions like this…all other Unions have been in similiar situations alas alot briefer than said Lions.

    And here goes another season of sticking my neck out..Lions to suprise big time! 😉

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.02.09 16:20:40 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • The Sharks arent short on centres ,If I were Venter Id go on a Contiki round Italy meet a lovely Italian girl and play for Azzuri under Mallet.

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.02.09 16:24:59 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 19) : hey dude… wassup?

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.02.09 16:31:37 by robdylan Reply
  • I am not going to comment!!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.02.09 16:49:11 by Hmmm Reply
  • I cannot believe Barry Goodes for nothing is picked ahead of him!??!

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.02.09 16:50:04 by Hmmm Reply
  • @walter van (Comment 16) :

    Who is the back-up hooker if Etta’s did not make the cut?

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.02.09 16:56:15 by Hmmm Reply
  • @Hmmm (Comment 21) : I knew you wouldn’t be able to resist

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.02.09 17:04:48 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :

    Dont know so much dude…

    The Lions edge it with a better tight 5, but I am not so sure in the loosie department.

    Very tight there.

    In the backline, the Cheetahs have the better balance for me, playing Bosman and Potties 10 and 12 gives them the edge for me.

    Also, the pace of the Cheetahs out wide will make the Lions old age home look like fools I reckon.

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.02.09 18:45:16 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 25) : Lions have better depth in the loosies, that’s for sure. Outside of their first choice trio, Tahs have nobody. Oh wait, Oom Hendro…

    BTW, is Frans Viljoen up to it at this level?

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.02.09 18:59:19 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 26) :

    Depth means very little in the first match.

    Expect both teams to select their strongest combinations, and sorry to say, I reckon Brussow is better than Baywatch, Juan better than Ernst or whoever plays 7. Lions takes 8 in Alberts.

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.02.09 20:01:05 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 27) :

    Yeh but as a trio and behind a better tight 5 I’ll tip the LIONS trio…..

  • Comment 28, posted at 04.02.09 20:17:40 by Hmmm Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Weren’t you the one that told me Loffie was a “great man manager”? 🙄

  • Comment 29, posted at 04.02.09 20:18:52 by klempie Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 24) :

    Yeh but I will not send a mail to the LIONS management…cozz I might just start cussing (and you knwo I never cuss)

  • Comment 30, posted at 04.02.09 20:18:53 by Hmmm Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 29) :

    Maybe he meant fitness wise…besides getting rid of the dead wood in 2006…he has not made all the best choices wrt retaining talent…

  • Comment 31, posted at 04.02.09 20:24:05 by Hmmm Reply
  • @Hmmm (Comment 23) :

    Hans van Dyk you fake Lions fan…

  • Comment 32, posted at 04.02.09 20:50:34 by walter van Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • @Hmmm (Comment 30) : you just chicken out when they call your bluff 🙂

  • Comment 33, posted at 04.02.09 20:51:53 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :

    Ettas dad says you are a great guy and we should invite you for a Tequila! Let me know next time you are in SA…LOL!

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.02.09 21:04:33 by walter van Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • @walter van (Comment 34) : sounds dangerous, but I’m in! Will be there in September. Shall we do it in Durban?

  • Comment 35, posted at 04.02.09 21:16:54 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 35) :

    I’m in!

  • Comment 36, posted at 04.02.09 21:21:15 by walter van Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • @walter van (Comment 36) : i’m sure Ettas will be happily settled with the Sharks by then 🙂

  • Comment 37, posted at 04.02.09 22:01:12 by robdylan Reply
  • Ross Geldenhuys 😯

    Last time I checked that dude had a very good S14 last year.

    Please sign him Rassie!!!

  • Comment 38, posted at 05.02.09 07:41:31 by wpw Reply
  • Weyhey….I had forgotten my password and was battling to log in…took me 3 days to remember. 😆

    Walter…if your list of players missing out on Lions Super 14 selection is correct, it seems really strange.

    Geldenhuys looked extremely decent last year in the Super 14 and there aren’t many top tightheads floating around. Is Sephaka in?
    Ettas is a very decent hooker and on occasions looked better than Wepener.

    Justin Wheeler….haven’t seen him play but have heard good reports. Wasn’t he one of the standout Lions U21 players?

  • Comment 39, posted at 05.02.09 15:06:09 by Villie Reply
  • Rob

    What was the name of the dude we signed from the Lions at the beginning of last season (a flanker I think), and then he left pretty much right away..didn’t play for us…think he went to Valke or Pumas or one of them?

  • Comment 40, posted at 05.02.09 15:07:29 by Villie Reply
  • @Villie (Comment 40) : I’ve drawn a blank.

    Rudi Mathee… there we go.

  • Comment 41, posted at 05.02.09 15:10:31 by robdylan Reply
  • @walter van (Comment 32) :

    Well I don’t sit and play on my own site all day long 😉

  • Comment 42, posted at 05.02.09 17:32:12 by Hmmm Reply
  • @Hmmm (Comment 42) :

    You should at least know what’s going on at your team… 🙄

  • Comment 43, posted at 05.02.09 18:13:10 by walter van Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • @walter van (Comment 43) : Hmmm prefers to email the union directly 🙂

    Then runs away when the CEO asks for his phone number!

  • Comment 44, posted at 05.02.09 18:24:17 by robdylan Reply
  • @walter van (Comment 43) :

    You wont believe how busy I have been at work…and at play…
    And I did visit the blogs and asked KSA if they will be posting the final squads…where I was hoping to find out…but I guess not…

  • Comment 45, posted at 05.02.09 20:58:29 by Hmmm Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 44) :

    I was afraid that he will trace my phone and start stalking me!??!

  • Comment 46, posted at 05.02.09 20:59:19 by Hmmm Reply
  • @Hmmm (Comment 46) : not even Manie Reynecke is that much of a loser!

  • Comment 47, posted at 05.02.09 21:04:04 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 47) :

    LoL I guess not…but one can never be safe….

  • Comment 48, posted at 08.02.09 14:10:18 by Hmmm Reply

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