Meyer joins the Lions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 1 Feb 2012 at 09:24
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Former Sharks age-group scrumhalf Tian Meyer has been called up as cover to the Lions Super Rugby squad, after injury looks to have ruled out two of their off-season acquisitions.

Both Ross Cronje and Whestley Moolman are struggling for fitness, leaving Michael Bondesio the only recognised scrumahlf in the group. Meyer, a former Westville boy who left Durban to join the Pumas some years back, has come close to Super Rugby in the past but never quite managed to shake off the “bridesmaid” tag. He was called up to the Sharks squad at a similar point in last year’s season, but never quite managed to get the nod; once Conrad Hoffmann went down later in the campaign, he was again overlooked in favour of Fred Michalak.

Comfortable at a few different positions in the backline, Meyer will hope to build on some impressive performances for the Pumas at Currie Cup level and will hopefully be rewarded with a permanent squad place in the Lions Super Rugby group.


  • How is Mcleod doing??

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.02.12 09:27:55 by SharksRTB Reply
  • I enjoyed watching him in the age groups. I think he will do well with the Lions and has a good chance of becoming the first choice backup.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.02.12 09:28:56 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 1) : fine, I think… why?

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.02.12 09:31:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good for Tian. His persistence has paid off.

    I think the Lions should test out their Aussie youngster Eddie Bredenhann for some pre-season game time to see how he shapes.

    As think Rudy Paige could surprise if he’s given a bit of confidence backing.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.02.12 09:31:52 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 4) : You’re behind for once. Bredenhan has gone back to Aus

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.02.12 09:34:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • Finally the Lions see him, I’ve always rated him

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.02.12 09:34:55 by Mutley Reply
  • Why has Bredenhan left? Did he even get any game time??

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.02.12 09:35:00 by ChrisS Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : I might have missed the article somewhere… But last year didn’t he have a “hip replacement”? 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.02.12 09:38:26 by SharksRTB Reply

  • Lol I thought the meyer in question was steve meyer :$

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.02.12 09:40:37 by bergshark Reply

  • Where has Steve Meyer disappeared to?

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.02.12 09:44:40 by ChrisS Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Why did Bredenhan leave?

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.02.12 09:49:16 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 10) : no idea.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.02.12 09:50:12 by bergshark Reply

  • Anybody else know where Meyer has disappeared to? Also wondering what’s become of Kabamba Floors and Pieter Louw.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.02.12 09:56:22 by ChrisS Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Thanks Rob. Since about 80-90% of my info on junior players comes from you, I feel like I’m right on track again. 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.02.12 10:01:55 by beet Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 11) :

    According to what i hear (very unconfirmed) he asked to be released from his contract to return to Oz .

    he played a few u/21 games last season . No Currie cup games for the Senior side though .

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.02.12 10:08:00 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 13) : Cappuccino Floors is still with the Cheetahs, 4th choice backup I believe. Pieter Louw as far as I can tell, has been released from his contract with the Stormers, with no mention as to where he went. Last I can find of Steve is that he retired, no mention after that

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.02.12 10:15:16 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Zibbie (Comment 15) : jozi life 😐 .. It just can’t compare to the surf and the sea 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.02.12 10:18:47 by bergshark Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 16) : was talk of pieter louw looking at joining the he was even saying he would play for weepee on a pay-as-and-when-you-play basis.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.02.12 10:21:49 by bergshark Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 16) :

    think plouw is with maties or something like that ?

    @bergshark (Comment 17) :

    lota wanne be surfers here in Gauteng 😛

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.02.12 10:23:29 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 15) : @Die Kriek (Comment 16) : Thanks guys. Didn’t see Floors last year so I was wondering.

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.02.12 10:27:15 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 20) :

    just note that most of the things i state is hear say and may or may not bet true …

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.02.12 10:29:33 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 21) : All good! Nice to hear something instead of wondering…

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.02.12 10:31:18 by ChrisS Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 18) :

    He’d be smart to join EP Kings now.

    Never seemed to be rated in Cape Town… personally thought he was a heck of a player when fit.

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.02.12 10:32:26 by hendrikp Reply

  • @ChrisS (Comment 20) : Quick google search answers, I may be wrong, but google rarely lets me down

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.02.12 10:32:50 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Read a while ago that Floors had moved on to EP or somewhere…

    Could be wrong. Will try find it.

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.02.12 10:36:23 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 25) :

    Nope still with Cheetahs.

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.02.12 10:39:23 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 26) : Didn’t see his name on the list of training squad players. He seems to have really dropped down the pecking-order.

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.02.12 10:44:55 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 27) :

    Must’ve yeah. Will see when Vodacom Cup starts.

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.02.12 10:47:20 by hendrikp Reply

  • @beet (Comment 4) : Bredenhann struggled to cement a starting spot in the U21’s in 2011 competing with Nico Kruger and even vian vd Walt (the U19 scrummie). He has gone back to Oz.
    it seems that Rudi Paige is out of favour with the 3 Super rugby scrummies (in order) Bondesio, Ross Cronje and Moolman. I believe he has been injured but will probably play Varsity cup for UJ – with Guy Cronje at 10.
    Personally, I was sorry to see Chuma Faas (the 2008 SA schools scrum half from Grey PE) who played U19 for the Lions in 2009 forced to give up rugby through injury.
    On a slightly different topic but knowing of your interest in SB rugby I’m not sure if you picked up that Ntsolo Setlaba (MHS headboy and 1st XV captain in 2007) is captain of defending champs UCT’s Varsity cup side. Setlaba played Craven week on the flank in 2007 and a bit of U19 for WP the following year. He is joined in the UCT loose trio by 2008 MHS 8th man James Tatham.

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.02.12 12:00:23 by steve Reply

  • @steve (Comment 29) : Thanks Steve.

    Something has to give and in my case its been the Varsity Cup on Monday nights but I’ll look out for the MHS guys if I get a chance to watch. I politely asked Ryno for some info on key MHS players for this year via email amongst other things.

    I’d seen Vian vdW and Eddie B play for the Lions u21 this year. I thought Vian did a good job but it was really his outstanding efforts for the Lions u19s that caught my eye. Always imagined that he was below Eddie B in the pecking order. Eddie B looked sharp when he was on the park. Moolman used to be 2nd fiddle to Faasen at the Bulls in the juniors and I didn’t have much hope for him to go far in pro rugby, so it’s interesting how these players respective careers are turning out now.

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.02.12 12:24:14 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 30) :

    Talking of MHS players, is that Louis Alberts on the Bench for the Bulls, the Louis Albertse that used to play for MHS?

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.02.12 15:37:22 by Pat Reply

  • @Pat (Comment 31) : Yep Albertse was the vice captain for Michaelhouse in 2008.

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.02.12 15:58:38 by Muzi Reply

  • Scrumhalf remains concern for the Lions ever since Kockett and Vermaak left last year

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.02.12 16:04:34 by Mutley Reply
  • Steve Meyer retired and is now working for Investec in JHB

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.02.12 16:28:05 by juz Reply

  • @Pat (Comment 31) : Interesting – not sure if it is the Louis Albertse from MHS. Louis Albertse was contracted by the Lions after craven week 2008. he played for the U19’s in 2009 and U21’s in 2010/11 where he competed with 2010 SA U20 tighthead Ruan Dreyer for a starting spot. He has also had a few injury problems.
    I had thought he would be playing Varsity cup for UJ this year but havent seen his name in any squad list.
    I understand that John Mitchell is keen to allow some of the young/fringe players in the Super rugby group to play Varsity Cup for UJ to stay match fit – a departure from past practice.
    I believe that Ruan Dreyer is one of them.
    I hope Louis Albertse is still in the mix somewhere – he is a solid scrummager and has very good hands for a big guy.

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.02.12 16:53:58 by steve Reply

  • @beet (Comment 30) : The Lions have always liked Moolman – he came through the systems at Monnas. He was at the Lions briefly in early 2009 (before going to the Bulls) and I think that the Lions hierachy preferred him over Chuma Faas who was also contracted in that group – which I didnt understand – Monnas influence perhaps?

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.02.12 16:59:41 by steve Reply

  • @juz (Comment 34) : aaah – good for him. I lost touch with the guy

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.02.12 16:59:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @steve (Comment 36) :

    Yep ive seen Dreyer at tighthead for the UJ team, plus Guy Cronje, Jaco Kriel and De Chavez – plus a few others. I would imagine they are probably going to back Dreyer over Albertse and maybe he has made the move across to the Bulls – I guess we will find out when the friendly is played.
    I imagine we will see a lot more youngsters backed by Mitchell. I think in the past year his focus has been on his starting 15 that he will utilize and only now is he starting to look to add greater depth in and around that. Hence the likes of Ruan Botha, Andries Coetzee, Visagie, Volmink all getting a runout at Newlands.

  • Comment 38, posted at 01.02.12 17:47:35 by Pat Reply

  • @Pat (Comment 38) : I’m told on good authority) that it is indeed Louis Albertse ex MHS and Lions on the Bulls bench.
    Good luck to him – i’m sure his old man Bertus will be enjoying the game with a nice ‘captain & coke”!

  • Comment 39, posted at 01.02.12 18:57:28 by steve Reply


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