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Lions beef up their pack to weather the Storm

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 12 Mar 2009 at 16:02
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The Lions have been boosted by the return of Springboks Jannes Labuschagne and Heinke van der Merwe to their pack for Saturday’s Super 14 match against the Stormers at Newlands.

This time coach Eugene Eloff has selected Andre Pretorius who was bracketed on the bench because of injury before the Lions’ last match against the Bulls a fortnight ago. He subsequently was declared fit and started against the Bulls and, as in that match, Earl Rose will get his run off the bench.

SAPA reports that Labuschagne will partner Anton van Zyl in the second row with Gerhardt Mostert warming the bench.

Former Cheetahs centre Barry Goodes takes over from Doppies le Grange at inside centre and Franco van der Merwe is back off the bench in place of flank Ernst Joubert, who plays for the Vodacom Cup side this weekend.

Van der Merwe missed the Bulls match because of suspension and his return sees Lawrence Sephaka move to tighthead with Gert Muller dropping to the bench.

The team is: Louis Ludik, Ashwin Willemse, Jaque Fourie, Barry Goodes, Henno Mentz, Andre Pretorius, Jano Vermaak, Willem Alberts, Franco van der Merwe, Cobus Grobbelaar (capt.), Jannes Labuschagne, Anton van Zyl, Lawrence Sephaka, Willie Wepener, Lawrence Sephaka.

Replacements: Hans van Dyk, Gert Muller, Gerhardt Mostert, Todd Clever, Chris Jonck, Earl Rose, Shandre Frolick.


  • I have a feeling the Lions could actually do this.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.03.09 16:05:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : oh yeah – they could definitely

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.03.09 16:12:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    YET another great SA derby on the cards and i will be missing it. 👿

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.03.09 16:13:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 2 picks for Stormers on LMS…. hehehe, I can smell the sweat!

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.03.09 16:18:57 by rahul Reply

  • @rahul (Comment 4) :

    The Stormers were one of the “big team” picks at the start of the S14, NOW you have to hope you don’t need to use them before they play the Cheethas or the Lions. 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.03.09 16:22:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : can u believe 🙄
    I’m now starting to worry when to pick Crusaders.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.03.09 16:29:00 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : You will have to wait to “Saturday” like all of us :mrgreen:
    didn’t you watch replays today 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.03.09 16:30:22 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rahul (Comment 4) : i have stormers mapped for this week pick but lost the confidence. I may just start picking any team who plays against cheetahs 😕

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.03.09 16:32:00 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 7) :

    yes I did. 🙂

    Will have to wait until next week to watch this game as well. 🙁

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.03.09 16:33:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : PVR ❓ dvd recorders (oops sorry that’s not in fashion anymore 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.03.09 16:36:11 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 8) : 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.03.09 16:38:37 by rahul Reply

  • @rekinek (Comment 10) :

    PVR? Not available for me as my signal is fed from a RF system. So DVD recorder it is for me. 😕

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.03.09 17:03:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • anyway have a party at the US consulate to get to.


    Speak in the AM.

    I WILL be here for live commentary of the friday games.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.03.09 17:05:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : 😆
    have fun ❗

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.03.09 17:13:01 by rekinek Reply
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  • Stormers by plenty. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.03.09 18:27:17 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 15) :

    I don’t think so…it will be close.

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.03.09 07:19:57 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • I agree with Walter.

    The fact that Rassie is going for a kicking flyhalf in De Waal really means we will not play an expansive game.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.03.09 07:56:14 by wpw Reply
  • Lorrie is playing 1 and 3….WoW

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.03.09 18:36:17 by Hmmm Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 17) :

    And since we cannot win a lineout even if the other team does not participate….you could win a good amount of ball in our territory….

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.03.09 18:37:17 by Hmmm Reply


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