Good and bad news for the Lions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super 14 on 14 Apr 2010 at 08:30
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Two snippets of Lions news we’ve picked up, both courtesy of the WeTalkRugby site.

The first is that former Bok winger Ray Mordt will be the Lions’ defensive coach moving forward. Mordt has apparently been working with the squad since Monday, but it’s anybody’s guess how much he’ll be able to teach them in just a week, seeing as the Lions defensive problems appear to be systematic and wide ranging.

Mordt is no stranger to coaching the Lions, having played various roles with the Union from 1994 on. Of late, he’s been helping out at Dick Muir’s Investec Rugby Academy, which may explain how he got the job.

The second piece of news is that dangerous centre Walter Venter will not be fit to face the Sharks, having hurt his knee against the Reds.


  • If Venter is out we’ll probably see Herkie play in his place.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.04.10 08:33:44 by rhineshark Reply
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  • They didn’t have a defensive coach ❓ ❗ Are you kidding me? Was it not clear that, that have been their main problem?
    😯 😯

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.04.10 08:44:10 by Letgo Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) : my guess is that it would probably be marius delport

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.04.10 08:44:17 by war1 Reply
  • sharks must rip into them in first quarter…..score eary and lions self doubt will grow.

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.04.10 08:46:01 by grant10 Reply

  • Lions may be bottom but they have proved they can score tries against any team. Also a derby is always harder, not even Stormers got the bonus point against the Lions. Our defence must be solid, first time tackles is a must.

    Go Sharks.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.04.10 08:57:35 by Puma Reply

  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) : nah, cos venter’s been playing 13

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.04.10 09:25:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Venter is actually a 12 not a 13. But they can`t really afford to drop Doppies for him.
    Herkie will come in at 10 for the out of shape KC.
    Delport will definately start in Venters` place and I guess they`ll
    stick with Killian at fullback.

    Sharks must remember Mjeveku and Chavanga are their weak links so
    put a lot of little grubbers through and wait for them to fumble.

    Having said that, they also know our backline is a bit of a weak link and they will look to put huge pressure on Ruan.
    If you take into account Ruans` performances against local opposition that`s not a bad idea. . .

    Probable Lions Team : Killian, Chavanga, Delport, Doppies, Mjeveku, Herkie, Vermaak, Clever, Wikus, Luus, Franco, Baywatch, Buys, Emslie and Heinke

    You heard it here first . . .

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.04.10 09:42:15 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 3) : I agree, Marius Delport must be in the mix. He probably regrets the decision to move to the Lions, he could’ve played Vodacom Cup for the Bulls & probably could’ve filled in for Jaco Pretorius during his time out.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.04.10 09:52:48 by Gazman Reply

  • I wonder if Wikus van Heerder is regreting his decision to move to the Lions 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.04.10 09:53:43 by Gazman Reply

  • Shouldn’t they be called the “Canned Lions”. It will go with the Coke tin.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.04.10 09:58:12 by try time Reply

  • Who is the Sharks defense coach?

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.04.10 11:06:34 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 11) :


  • Comment 12, posted at 14.04.10 12:53:38 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 12) : I don’t know to honest

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.04.10 13:00:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 13) :

    Seems no-one does.

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.04.10 13:19:33 by Morné Reply
  • Shows you how much I know of what’s what in Lions land :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.04.10 13:23:14 by rhineshark Reply
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  • I got my prize for winning SB 6N 😛

    A big thank you to Whindy ❗

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.04.10 13:42:58 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 16) : what was it?

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.04.10 14:39:35 by try time Reply

  • @Morné (Comment 11) : must be plum, because he definitely isn’t their creative flair/attacking coach.

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.04.10 14:41:02 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 18) : It does explain why Dick and Plum complimented eachother well when they worked together at the Sharks.

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.04.10 14:43:04 by try time Reply

  • Dont think we should go into this game being overconfident.

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.04.10 14:45:52 by Treehugger Reply

  • @try time (Comment 17) : it changed (logistics) and is Sharks Jersey ❗ 😛 and some 😎 Sharks goodies

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.04.10 14:48:09 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Treehugger (Comment 20) : you can’t overstress it.

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.04.10 14:48:54 by rekinek Reply
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  • Just like at the Sharks, you can’t really trust the team Dick announces until they run out onto the field.

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.04.10 15:31:23 by lostfish Reply
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  • Heard that the Lions super 14 side was turned over by the Vodacom side, in a 40 minute game last night!

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.04.10 16:00:38 by Bump Reply

  • @Bump (Comment 24) : Serious??? 😯

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.04.10 16:08:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Earl Rose probably played for the VC team and ran holes through the S14 defence :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.04.10 16:09:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 25) :


  • Comment 27, posted at 14.04.10 16:15:58 by Bump Reply

  • @Bump (Comment 27) : maybe this will get our friend earl to S14 side. good news indeed :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.04.10 16:24:05 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 2) : shocking isn’t it 😯 😯 😉

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.04.10 17:53:24 by Chaz Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 5) : true look how well they played against the chiefs on their own field who would of thought the lions would of had that big score 65/72 to chiefs but from there onwards were just down hill for them 😉

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.04.10 17:59:14 by Chaz Reply

  • @Gazman (Comment 8) : what a wonderfull pic 😆

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.04.10 18:00:15 by Chaz Reply

  • @try time (Comment 10) : eeeeeaahhhh 😆 😉

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.04.10 18:01:06 by Chaz Reply


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