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Lions plan impact role for Andre

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 7 Feb 2009 at 08:55
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Highly regarded playmaker Andre Pretorius is expected to start from the bench when the Lions open their 2009 Super 14 challenge against the Cheetahs at Coca-Cola Park on Friday.

It is understood Pretorius will fill the role of impact player, with Springbok tourist Earl Rose wearing the No 10 jersey.

Jacques van der Westhuyzen writes for The Star that Pretorius, who has declined media interviews in the build-up to this year’s tournament, spent the whole of last season on the sidelines nursing his way back to fitness following a string of injuries.

The 30-year-old flyhalf, who has won 32 Test caps, has not played a rugby match in over 12 months and was even rested by Lions boss Eugene Eloff when the side squared up to the Bulls in a pre-season friendly two weeks ago.

Eloff said at the time there was no point in risking the injury-plagued flyhalf in a friendly match, preferring to keep Pretorius fit for the match on Friday.

It now seems Eloff, as well as Pretorius, feels it is a better option for the veteran to start from the bench and thus ease him back into action.

Pretorius has been training with his teammates in the build-up to kickoff. All he was prepared to say this week when quizzed about his readiness for action was: “I’m feeling good. I’m kicking well and ready to play.”

When asked whether he would be starting the match against the Cheetahs, Pretorius simply said: “Probably from the bench.”

One player who will certainly not play a part on Friday is veteran lock Jannes Labuschagne.

The big second row forward, whom Eloff was banking on to fill the role of the bruiser in the mould of the Bulls’ Bakkies Botha, underwent minor knee surgery this week.

Water build-up in the knee area had to be drained. He is expected to be out for about six weeks.

Labuschagne was due to start in the second row with Anton van Zyl, but in all likelihood, Van Zyl will now be joined by Gerhard Mostert.

Two other players who won’t be considered for the Lions’ first match are lock Dewald Senekal and loose forward Ernst Joubert, both of whom are on the comeback following injury.

The Lions boss will pick a largely familiar looking side for his team’s competition opener with veteran wings Ashwin Willemse and Henno Mentz in the No 14 and No 11 jerseys respectively.

In midfield, Doppies la Grange will team up with Jaque Fourie, the Springbok also back in the team after a 2008 season riddled by injury.

Up front, Gert Muller will anchor the scrum at tighthead, with Willie Wepener and Heinke van der Merwe to his left.

The loose forwards will be Cobus Grobbelaar and Franco van der Merwe on the flanks and big Willem Alberts at No 8.


  • So either this article was published before AP was not even included in the squad or Loffie has attended the Erasmus school of squad information.

    It appeared in this morning’s Edition of The Star.

    This will be a good indication of whether the squads are cast in Stone or Jello.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.02.09 08:58:33 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • All I can say is wtf

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.02.09 10:07:18 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
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  • We named 14 players on a “injured” list…if I join them we can be the “B” team…LOL!

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.02.09 10:10:11 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 3) :

    maybe they are gonna be used as impact for the second half of the season 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.02.09 10:11:09 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 3) : nope – I think those guys are the A team

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.02.09 10:14:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    I guess I agree..I spoke to a guy from SANZAR and he says because all those players are contracted by the Lions we are allowed to block them from playing S14 for other franchises. So it looks like many of these guys are going to be forced to play Vodacom Cup and hope for injures to the players picked ahead of them.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.02.09 10:20:29 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 6) :

    Lions to be VC Champs ’09? 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.02.09 10:24:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 6) : that’s nonsense. There should be a proper draft system in place, like the Kiwis have

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.02.09 10:29:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) :


  • Comment 9, posted at 07.02.09 10:30:40 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    I agree. So the guys that don’t make the squad should be free to play for any of the other franchises if those franchises want them.

    If that means we want to increase the squads to 35, that’s also fine.

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.02.09 10:32:38 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions World
  • I think it is a good call…

    Ease him back and make sure he gets A LOT of physio after each match…to ensure he stays fit….

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.02.09 12:11:08 by Hmmm Reply

  • Well the LOINS have two potential game breakers at 10…

    The only concern is the consistency of both is erratic…

    So let’s hope they are not both useless on the same day….(like both have shown they can be)…

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.02.09 12:12:36 by Hmmm Reply

  • I also hope Jano has jacked up his game…he was a tad slow and had no “fire” the whole year last year…

    This will help both Rose and Andre to put their stamp on the game…

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.02.09 12:15:34 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 12) : the LOINS? 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.02.09 12:18:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • I guess they trying to cut down on the time Andre can injure himself or one of his teammates can clock him 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.02.09 12:19:00 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • And when Andre is match fit and ready to go…

    We could even play both Andre (10) and Rose (15) in the same game…and they both firing at the same time…with better wings than last year (much better)…and actually score some tries…win a game or three extra…and score 4/5 more bonus points…
    Midtable then does not sound to far away…
    But yeh…we will first need to see how the fitness of the players goes…
    I am not too confident about the fitness of the LIONS players…

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.02.09 12:24:24 by Hmmm Reply

  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 10) :

    I agree…

    Walter should be playing in the S14 (he wont be first choice except maybe at the Cheetahs…but he can at least play off the bench)…
    And Trompie could have been available for the LIONS again since he is not in the Cheetahs squad…(I don’t care about emotions…I mean he even has been with the side and know the coach/players/set-up to some extent)…

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.02.09 12:27:40 by Hmmm Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    Spicing up the LIONS a tad (making them a bit more interesting)…only way I could think of doing so…

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.02.09 12:30:21 by Hmmm Reply


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