Richard Ferguson

Leopards recruiting for 2011 season

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Other SA Teams on 17 Nov 2010 at 17:28
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The Leopards have lured nine new players into their squad for 2011 season that was announced today. As is the case at most union’s, the Leopards started their pre-season training on Monday.

Three players who represented the Leopards at junior level were welcomed back to the squad. Flank Robert Kruger (Leopards under-19 and under-20) scrumhalf Whestley Moolman and prop Peet Vorster (both Craven Week Leopards players) returned to the North West Province.

Other new faces includes that of Vainon Willis of the Bulls and NWU-Pukke hooker Stoffel Duvenhage, who will be looking to make as big an impact as he did in the Varsity Cup. Shimlas centre Charl Weideman and Tuks lock MB Lusaseni are hoping to follow suit when they join the team at the start of the Currie Cup season. Leopards under-21 captain Joubert Engelbrecht was rewarded with a senior contract after an exemplary season.

Lock Brendon Snyman is another addition to the team after he enjoyed a stint at the Eastern Province Kings. He has been tasked with filling the void left by retired second-rower Draad Linde and Anthonie Gronum who is on loan to Border.

For many of these players 2011 will be their third year representing the Leopards in the premier division of the Currie Cup.

Leopards squad for 2011:

Backs: Danie Dames, Colin Lloyd, Danie Roux, Dumisane Matyeshana, Vainon Willis, Jovan Bowles, Joubert Engelbrecht, Neill Jacobs, Kempie Rautenbach, Charl Weideman, Clayton Durand, Cecil Dumond, Theo van Wyk, Whestley Moolman.

Forwards: Divan Kotze, Os van der Walt, Eric Coetzee, BG Uys, Peet Vorster, Gavin Williamson, Stoffel Duvenhage, Rynard Landman, Brad Mockford, Gys Briedenhan, Brendon Snyman, MB Lusaseni, Thabo Mamojele, Christo van Niekerk, Robert Kruger, Danie Crous, Victor Joubert, Riaan Swanepoel, RW Kember.


  • Isn’t there a certain Lions centre missing from this squad?

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.11.10 17:41:20 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : maybe we should try to find out what’s up with him…

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.11.10 17:47:31 by robdylan Reply
  • I ask the same q for rob bout halfhour ago:-).you gonna do some digging for us please?.. Perhaps he’s gonna get a trial run @sharks..I wish!

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.11.10 18:15:27 by bergshark Reply
  • Wait,I asked rob to do some digging for us a whole hour ago already..what u got,rob?lol

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.11.10 18:17:29 by bergshark Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 3) : whp we talking about?
    excuse me snooping around πŸ™„

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.11.10 20:47:52 by baw Reply
  • Walter Venter was on loan there, he is still a Lion’s player, played for the leopards in the currie cup to get game time cause he was never going to displace doppies. What happen to that leopard’s wing, Bom Samaai? He had a good currie cup last year but has disapeared since then.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.11.10 21:24:54 by L13 Reply
  • L13
    Bom Samaai will be training with the Stormers squad and is basically there on trial! 😎

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.11.10 21:49:58 by wpw Reply
  • And you rate him?

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.11.10 21:51:36 by bergshark Reply
  • You sure bout wally venter still a lions player??

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.11.10 21:53:35 by bergshark Reply
  • He is fairly decent.
    Better than the dross we signed in recent times.
    I’m referring to the likes of Juries and Frikkie Welsh.
    Although Welsh did a good job at 13 while the Boks were not available.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.11.10 21:55:02 by wpw Reply
  • Bergshark
    You talking to me?? πŸ™„

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.11.10 21:56:05 by wpw Reply
  • ok TOP UP all u can BUT the SHARKS will be back to defend their CC Final in a big way :mrgreen: πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.11.10 21:56:13 by chaz Reply
  • Wouldn’t mind seeing jj engelbrecht on trial at sharks

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.11.10 21:56:50 by bergshark Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 10) : i like the saying we πŸ˜†

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.11.10 21:58:05 by chaz Reply
  • Ja, wpw (re bom samuraai and jj engelbrecht)

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.11.10 21:59:12 by bergshark Reply
  • 100% sure Venter is still a lion.

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.11.10 22:23:45 by L13 Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : Not that it means much but Wesley Moolman (sic) is the older brother of the highly rated Bulls u19 centre Bradley. They are Monnas old boys = Golden Lions. Wesley captained the Lions Craven Week side in which Elton Jantjies was flyhalf. WM was also the Bulls back up scrummie at the u21 final in Durbs just a few weeks ago. He’s therefore new to the Leopards setup.
    I’m sad to see that SP Marais the talented Leopards u21 fullback is not in the mix even though he partipated in the C/C playoffs. Do you perhaps know why he’s not there?
    The Leopards (& Pukke) play a big part in junior rugby in SA so I hope their senior side can cement their place in the C/C Prem.Div. This will keep the better sponsorship money coming in.

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.11.10 22:24:47 by beet Reply
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  • Beet,that was the other name I was looking for!! Bit skinny but looked talented enough.. Hugh bladen was raving bout him in the game @potch vs swd eagles(he and joel both mentioned sp was a player to watch for the future)

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.11.10 22:33:03 by bergshark Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 18) : Yeah I’ve also seen him play at u21 level. He’s a super creative player on attack – a bit of Stephen Larkhamness about him. I found out from my favourite Boishaai blogger that he didn’t play first team at school coz of injury, so he’s having to make it to the top the hard way. Either that or they have an excellent talent scout in Potch. Probably a combo of both.

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.11.10 22:59:18 by beet Reply
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  • I have it on good authority, that he was loaned out to the Leopards, because he was seen as being to small for a center. The coaching staff want the centers to weigh in excess of 90kg.

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.11.10 07:50:01 by Bump Reply
  • @Bump (Comment 20) : If you’re talking about SP, please say who loaned him out to the Leopards. WP? And he seemed to be a good fit at no.15, why move him to centre?

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.11.10 08:05:28 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 21) :

    No, Walter Venter.

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.11.10 08:07:57 by Bump Reply
  • How I would love to see the EP Kings in ahead of this lot. 0 wins again next year, rest assured.

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.11.10 09:32:54 by Sportbilly Reply
  • @Sportbilly (Comment 23) :

    Im with you on that!

    The Leopards, try as they may, suck!

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.11.10 09:35:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 24) : And so do their jerseys.

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.11.10 09:44:23 by Sportbilly Reply
  • @Sportbilly (Comment 25) :

    Valid point to drop them from the Currie Cup..

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.11.10 09:46:21 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Bump (Comment 20) :

    and i have it on good authority that he weighs 97 KG .. mmmmmm

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.11.10 09:47:54 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 26) : Don’t lose fact of the sight that altho the Leopards may “suck” they got to the C/C PD legitimately and have earned their right to stay there fairly as well. EP have these huge dreams but are usually clueless on putting the right foundations in place. They’ve had years to get their act together. You don’t become a β€œKing” in one season. Rather they should learn a thing or 2 from the Griquas on how to run a successful operation. Small steps first. Lets hope the Kings aren’t bankrupt in 6mths time.

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.11.10 09:57:35 by beet Reply
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  • @Bump (Comment 22) : Thanks Bump but I agree with Zibbie. No way Walter is less than 90kgs.

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.11.10 09:58:33 by beet Reply
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  • Ep/border region produce some talented players though( in their defence)..but management is awful (it seems,reading what the papers have to say)

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.11.10 10:15:17 by bergshark Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 30) : 100% right Bergshark. Great talent coming thru their schools. Financially things are tight down there so holding on to these schoolboys is is tough, but Griquas have proved that a small union can stay competitive at the higher level.

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.11.10 10:23:36 by beet Reply
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  • The du plessis bros(willie,jacques,michael,carel)were also born in pe region,weren’t they?add to those names johan heunis..imagine an ep backline in 80’s of:fb johan heunis lw carel dup centre combo d gerber m dup.. !!

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.11.10 10:36:31 by bergshark Reply
  • The du plessis bros(willie,jacques,michael,carel)were also born in pe region,weren’t they?add to those names johan heunis..imagine an ep backline in 80’s of:fb johan heunis lw carel dup centre combo d gerber m dup sh garth wright !!

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.11.10 10:37:12 by bergshark Reply
  • aprantly walter is in the Lions training group for the super 15 .. i hop so cause we need both him and doppies

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.11.10 10:44:19 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Can you please confirm that zibbie?thinking the sharks should ‘ve drafted him into their pre-season s15 squad

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.11.10 10:48:26 by bergshark Reply
  • @Zibbie (Comment 34) : good – the way that successive coaches have ignored him there simply defies belief.

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.11.10 10:50:10 by robdylan Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 35) :

    only hear say unfortunately .. how well do you trust Transvaal from Lionsworld πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 37, posted at 18.11.10 10:51:51 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Well,if the lions let him slip then I hope plum and co send him an invite

  • Comment 38, posted at 18.11.10 10:55:34 by bergshark Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 38) :

    yes we saw in the last puma game that we need dept and game time at center … hope JM can rotate between Venter and Doppies ..

  • Comment 39, posted at 18.11.10 10:57:56 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 37) : implicitly.

    @bergshark (Comment 38) : we’ve tried that before. Offered him to the Sharks on a frikking silver platter last year and they weren’t interested. Bloody joke.

  • Comment 40, posted at 18.11.10 11:01:37 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 40) :

    yes the lions also have ONE loyal player πŸ˜›

  • Comment 41, posted at 18.11.10 11:06:52 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 41) : who?

  • Comment 42, posted at 18.11.10 11:10:24 by robdylan Reply
  • guys is kockott training with the sharks? Or has he started training with someone else? Any news?

  • Comment 43, posted at 18.11.10 11:43:03 by L13 Reply
  • Team will be back at training this coming monday,22nd

  • Comment 44, posted at 18.11.10 11:52:28 by bergshark Reply
  • @L13 (Comment 43) : yup – we will find out on Monday

  • Comment 45, posted at 18.11.10 12:01:47 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 45) :

    Do you know if there will be a press conference or something? Will media be allowed? I’m on leave..

  • Comment 46, posted at 18.11.10 12:04:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 46) : I don’t know… maybe try get hold of the Union and see if they’ll let you in? πŸ™‚

  • Comment 47, posted at 18.11.10 12:14:29 by robdylan Reply
  • apparently hes been cute …

  • Comment 48, posted at 18.11.10 14:53:14 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 48) :

    Zibbie – who is the young blonde lock in the Lions camp?

  • Comment 49, posted at 18.11.10 14:54:25 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 49) :

    i have no idea .. im burning to find out who is actually in the squad .. in terms of Leopard en puma players

  • Comment 50, posted at 18.11.10 15:04:18 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 50) :

    Ahhh – David Bullbring..

  • Comment 51, posted at 18.11.10 15:12:30 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • Young blonde lock at the lions?? .. Ice ,you cougar!!!! Hehehe πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 52, posted at 18.11.10 15:18:06 by bergshark Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 52) :

    HAHAH – no man! I met him last night (for a brief second) at the Power Balance launch and could not remember his name! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 53, posted at 18.11.10 15:21:10 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 53) :

    Derick Minnie?

  • Comment 54, posted at 18.11.10 15:24:17 by Dive Pass Reply
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  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 53) :

    stop pouching our young good looking players tannie ice πŸ˜› the teenages in jhb needs something to look at πŸ˜›

  • Comment 55, posted at 18.11.10 15:25:55 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 53) : the oke with the silly mullet?

  • Comment 56, posted at 18.11.10 15:27:35 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 56) :

    Yip and a mo… πŸ˜† (okay – I know the stache is for a good cause – but the mullet and mo does not go hand in hand!)

    @Dive Pass (Comment 54) :

    david Bullbring (or something to that effect)

  • Comment 57, posted at 18.11.10 15:30:52 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @Zibbie (Comment 27) :

    Wetalkrugby indicates the following;

    Name Walter
    Surname Venter
    Nickname Karavan
    Height 180
    Weight 86
    Birth Date 07-Aug-84
    Birth Place Virginia
    Primary School Paardekraal
    Secondary School Monument
    Tertiary Education UJ
    Position Inside Center

  • Comment 58, posted at 18.11.10 15:33:27 by Bump Reply
  • @Bump (Comment 58) :

    Is this Walter from Lions World’s son?

  • Comment 59, posted at 18.11.10 15:39:10 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @Bump (Comment 58) :

    maybe he gained a few pounds in the off season ?
    @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 59) :

    nope not the same guy

  • Comment 60, posted at 18.11.10 15:42:00 by Zibbie Reply
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  • No.

  • Comment 61, posted at 18.11.10 15:45:42 by Bump Reply
  • @Zibbie (Comment 60) :

    Could be, but he was released for the currie cup because of his weight.

  • Comment 62, posted at 18.11.10 15:47:03 by Bump Reply
  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 59) : Walter’s nephew plays flank for the Sharks u21s πŸ™‚

  • Comment 63, posted at 18.11.10 15:50:13 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 63) :

    Ohh! Thanx! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 64, posted at 18.11.10 15:54:13 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @Bump (Comment 58) : I don’t want to argue but a lot of those online stats are often outdated. Lions rugby website lists him as 93kgs which looks closer to his real weight. Many top schoolboy rugby centres now weigh +/- 85kgs. But it’s no big deal.

  • Comment 65, posted at 18.11.10 16:44:02 by beet Reply
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  • Hi im the sister of SP Marais and let me start with thanks for the support, but im also here to set a few things right….well yes SP did not play first team due to an injury but he has been working hard. he was never just a “loan” to the leopards hahaha :mrgreen: (sorry for laughing its just that he never played for WP) he played Boland o/21 in 2009 and then this year he played pukke and leopards o/21. next year he wil play for EP Kings. Anymore questions about him i’ll answer them all. πŸ˜€

  • Comment 66, posted at 26.11.10 17:18:40 by only family Reply
  • @only family (Comment 66) : Thanks for the info on SP. Sad that he won’t be in the Currie Cup Premier Division next year, but nevertheless I hope to see him there soon (maybe not with the Kings tho). Please wish him all the best from me. Maybe you could ask him who he models his style of play on (a player?)
    BTW: the “loan” issue is explained above. A blogger was referring to Walter Venter and I thought he was talking about SP, so just some wires crossed but it was straighten out – don’t think it was suggested that he was playing of WP only asked.

  • Comment 67, posted at 26.11.10 17:38:15 by beet Reply
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