Aplon ruled out of Lions clash

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, WP on 26 Sep 2012 at 13:43
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The injury curse that has ravaged WP and the Stormers for the past two years has struck again with news that Gio Aplon and Gary Van Aswegan are both ruled out of this weekend’s crucial encounter against the defending Champions.

Gio Aplon has a grade 1 ligament injury and will be out for the next two weeks. His place at left wing is filled by the promising Damian de Allende who moves up from the bench. SA U20 star Pat Howard moves onto the bench as cover. Another week and another injury for Gary Van Aswegan who has been making steady progress recently only to injure his ankle during practice this week. Van Aswegan is currently undergoing a scan but Coetzee confirmed the injury seems quite serious.

Here is the team:

15. Joe Pietersen
14. Gerhard van den Heever
13. JP du Plessis
12. Marcel Brache
11. Damian de Allende
10. Demetri Catrakilis
9. Louis Schreuder
8. Jebb Sinclair
7. Tyrone Holmes
6. Deon Fourie (captain)
5. De Kock Steenkamp
4. Don Armand
3. Frans Malherbe
2. Scarra Ntubeni
1. Steven Kitshoff

16. Deon Carstens
17. Brok Harris
18. Wilhelm van der Sluys
19. Helmut Lehmann
20. Nic Groom
21. Berton Klaasen
22. Patrick Howard


  • I give up! πŸ™„ πŸ˜•

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.09.12 13:45:04 by wpw Reply
  • NO NO NO NO NO!!!!

    We need a big WP win here

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.09.12 13:50:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Fantasy transfers disappearing

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.09.12 14:00:45 by Dunx Reply

  • Wp might suprise the lions..never underestimate them..especially at home..

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.09.12 15:16:22 by shaniboi Reply

  • Nothing against Aplon (although it might sound like it), but I think this actually improves WP’s team.

    Aplon is a magic moment type of player, in other words, when he doesn’t create magic, basically nothing happens.

    From what I’ve seen of de Allende, he seems to be a more complete player. He will get WP over the advantage line every time. He runs great lines for the Centres to put him into spaces and he’s also quick and exciting.

    WP won’t lose anything by playing de Allende.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.09.12 15:22:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 5) : “WP won’t lose anything by playing de Allende.” Nothing, but a moment of magic (often the difference in such matches).

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.09.12 16:06:35 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • I don’t think it’s Aplon’s “hit or miss” achievements but more the fact WP/Stormers are relying on him too much. He is what Messi is to Argentina (football). Every player gets him involved and when he doesn’t perform, the team itself is clueless.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.09.12 16:06:40 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 7) : Or sometimes the players get Messi or Aplon involved at the wrong times. Just because its Gio Aplon, doesn’t mean you should also pass the ball to him… Or always expect Aplon to do something. Aplon (or Messi) do what they do best when they receive the ball in space.

    Yes, there are the moments when they create something from nothing, but these events are not “every time they get the ball” events…

    Therefore I do not think its fair to say Aplon is misperforming.

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.09.12 16:13:40 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
    The Sharks Sharkie
  • Who would we prefer to win here???… πŸ˜•

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.09.12 16:24:36 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 9) : Province! Means that a win for us will send us top of the log 😎

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.09.12 16:27:31 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • WP should win this…

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.09.12 19:21:36 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • Go LIONS,but i doubt we will. You just dont go to Newlands and beat WP easily, you have to work for it and the Lions just dont have the players to do it in Cape Town

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.09.12 20:04:38 by Mutley Reply
  • We won twice at Newlands in 1 year…

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.09.12 20:05:32 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • We will do it!!! The Lions squad is very matured now and there is a calmness about the side… Sorry Province, I believe the Lions have what it takes to down you?

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.09.12 07:18:40 by blesbeer Reply

  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 6) :

    Alla Kriel !!!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.09.12 07:46:08 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Go WP do something for the Sharks at least once. don’t fall down dead like you usually do

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.09.12 07:54:58 by Dunx Reply


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