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Lions need the win

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 11 Mar 2009 at 08:20
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The Lions are anticipating a massive onslaught up front from the Stormers in Saturday’s Super14 rugby match at Newlands in Cape Town.

“They have their backs to the wall and, like us, have to win. They have played only one more game than us. I anticipate they will try to maintain a quick tempo against us,” said Lions coach Eugene Eloff.

“A win at Newlands will bring us back into the race. The only thing we are thinking about is getting four points for a victory at Newlands. Once we have made sure of that we can go hunting for the bonus point.”

Hennie Brandt writes in Beeld that Tuesday’s training session points to former Cheetahs player Barry Goodes making his debut for the Lions in place of Doppies la Grange, who is recovering from injury. Goodes came knocking on the Lions’ door after a spell in Europe, and was a good player in his days as a Cheetahs centre. Another option would be to deploy a strong runner such as Jannie Boshoff in the No 12 jersey.

The Lions’ medical team is also confident that former Springbok lock Jannes Labuschagne will be fit to play the Stormers after recovering from a knee injury.

“Jannes is ready,” said Eloff.

He did not want to say anything about the Newlands crowd, though, which will place added pressure on Jean de Villiers’s side. Thousands of Cape Town fans are regularly disappointed by the Stormers’ inability to get good results, and they will be eager for their side to get on the winning track after the weekend’s defeat to the Bulls.

“Every team experiences pressure in its own stadium because supporters have high expectations,” said Eloff.

“At Newlands the crowd may be noisier. But they can also motivate their side.”


  • The scrums is my biggest worry and off course Baywatch. He’ll keep Kots busy make no mistake.

    Hope they pick Rose, he’ll keep the crowd busy. 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.03.09 08:43:27 by PaarlBok Reply
  • If Stormers lose this, Rassie should walk the plank.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.03.09 08:45:43 by Big Fish Reply
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  • The Lions are anticipating a massive onslaught up front from the Stormers in Saturday’s Super14 rugby match at Newlands in Cape Town.

    I presume they are refering exclusively to the loose forwards.

    Have they seen the Stormers Tight Five?

    Has ANYONE seen a Stormers tight five in recent years?

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.03.09 08:50:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : They stood up pretty well against the Bulls scrum 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.03.09 08:54:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : I’ve seen plenty of loose five for the Stormers recently , but much tight five

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.03.09 08:58:29 by Pokkel Reply
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  • If the stormers want to be taken seriously and start a comeback they have too comfortably beat the Lions.Very possible as the Lions are terrible and thats being nice.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.03.09 11:51:18 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • Sounds desperate 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.03.09 11:54:09 by Charlie Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 6) :

    Hey stranger.

    I don’t think your team are that bad BTW. I actually think they will be mid table or higher come the end of may.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.03.09 11:56:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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