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Lions edge out Sharks
June 30, 2007 - The Lions beat the Sharks 14-7 at Ellis Park on Saturday, this after leading just 3-0 at the break. Cobus Grobbelaar was deservedly named man of the match, this in his 50th game for the Lions. He also scored the only try of the match for the Lions, while Gcobani Bobo scored a try for the Sharks. With the victory the Lions moved into 3rd place on the Currie Cup log in a day of surprises where the Bulls lost to Griquas and WP lost to Boland.
Lions change four for Sharks
June 27, 2007 - Coach Eugene Eloff made four changes to the side that will play the Sharks home at Ellis Park on Saturday. Brian Mujati replaces Kenny MacKenzie at tighthead, Willem Alberts replaces Jacques Cronje, who was called up for Bok duty, at number eight, Jaco Van Schalkwyk replaces Louis Strydom at Flyhalf, and Jannie Boshoff replaces Jaco Pretorius, also called up for the Boks, at outside centre.
Lions go down to WP
June 23, 2007 - WP beat the Lions 18-13 at Newlands on Saturday. WP sealed the match with three tries  in the space of about ten minutes, just before and just after the break. The Lions certainly had scoring opportunities that they didn't use, and the last was a breakout from their own 22 where Jaco Pretorius passed to Benjamin on his outside with 2 other Lions in support on his inside, only to see Benjamin tackled into touch inside the WP 22.
New Zealand edge out Boks
June 23, 2007 - New Zealand edged out the Boks 26-21 in a thrilling game of rugby in Durban on Saturday. The Boks had the upper hand in about the first hour of the game, but New Zealand hung in there and managed to pull a win out of the fire in what looked like might have been a loss for them.
One change for Boks against New Zealand
June 20, 2007 - Coach Jake White was forced to make one change to the Springbok side to play New Zealand this Saturday. John Smit was injured in the first ten minutes of the test against Australia, and will miss the next few tests. This means that Gary Botha moves into the starting XV, with Bismarck du Plessis on the bench. The rest of the team is unchanged. Click here for the full team.
Boks use get-out-of-jail card against Australia
June 16, 2007 - Only the brilliance of Francois Steyn saved the Boks from what would have been an embarrasing defeat at Newlands on Saturday. The Boks were clear favourites to win the test after their good wins over England, but found themselves trailing by 3 points with just 10 minutes to go. Luckily Francois Steyn was on the field in the place of Ashwin Willemse at this stage, and the youngster slotted two drop goals in this period to snatch a win for South Africa. The final score was a close 22-19 win for the Boks.
Easy win for Boks over Samoa
June 9, 2007 - Even though it was more like a second string Bok team that faced Samoa, they still recorded a comfortable 35-8 win at Ellis Park on Saturday. The Boks scored 5 tries to the single try from Samoa. Next Saturday the Boks play Australia at Newlands, and that will be a much closer test for the Boks.
Thirteen changes for Samoa
June 6, 2007 - Coach Jake White made thirteen changes to the team that will play Samoa at Ellis Park on Saturday. Two players, Waylon Murray from the Sharks, and Luke Watson from Western Province, will make their test debut. The match kicks off at 15:00 on Saturday. Click here for the full team.
Another big Bok win over England
June 2, 2007 - The Springboks recorded another big win over England on Saturday, beating them 55-22 in Pretoria. England did well in the 1st half, and lead 19-17 at the break, but in the second half the Boks were unstoppable, and scored 38 points to the 3 from England. Pierre Spies had a huge game at number eight, and possibly managed to make the position his own for the rest of the season. He scored two great tries, and so did Bryan Habana, with Bakkies, Burger, Januarie and Percy also adding to the eight tries by the Boks.
Three changes to Boks for 2nd England test
May 30, 2007 - Coach Jake White made three changes to the Bok side to play England in the 2nd test at Loftus this Saturday. Akona Ndungane replaces Ashwin Willemse on the wing, while Gurthro Steenkamp and CJ van der Linde will start in the front row in the place of Deon Carstens and BJ Botha. The match kicks off at 15:00 and will be refereed by Joel Jutge from France. Click here for the full team.
Win tickets for Ellis Park test
May 30, 2007 - The Golden Lions Rugby Union once again agreed to sponsor a ticket giveaway for loyal visitors to my site, so I'm giving away tickets for the Test match against Samoa which takes place on Saturday 9 June at Ellis Park.
Go to the competition page for details. (Click here to go to the competition page) 
Boks give dismal England a hiding
May 26, 2007 - The Springboks rewrote a few records on Saturday when they beat England 58-10 in Bloemfontein. It's the first time in history between the two teams that the Boks reached the 50 mark, and it is also the Springbok's biggest winning margin over England of 48. The Springboks scored 7 tries to 1, also the most tries by a Bok team against England. The halftime score was 30-3 in favour of the home side. 
Two Lions included in Bok team to play England
May 24, 2007 - Two Lions, Ashwin Willemse and Enrico Januarie, were included in the Springbok team that plays England in Bloemfontein this Saturday.
The full team is:
Percy Montgomery, Ashwin Willemse, Wynand Olivier, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Butch James, Ricky Januarie, Danie Rossouw, Juan Smith, Schalk Burger, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, BJ Botha, John Smit (captain) , Deon Carstens.
Substitutes: Gurthro Steenkamp, Gary Botha, CJ van der Linde, Johann Muller, Pierre Spies, Ruan Pienaar, Francois Steyn.

I will also be giving away some tickets for the test match against Samoa that takes place on 9 June 2007 at Ellis Park, so make sure that you visit often so as not to miss the competition.

Lions go down to Cheetahs
May 5, 2007 - The Lions went down 16-10 to the Cheetahs at Ellis Park on Saturday, making it their 5th loss in a row in the 2007 Super 14, and spoiling their season by finishing last of the South African sides in the Super 14. The match report is here

Willemse on bench for Cheetahs
May 5, 2007 - Eugene Eloff raised a few eyebrows when he included Ashwin Willemse on the bench to play the Cheetahs at Ellis Park on Saturday. Willemse has only played 25 minutes of rugby this season, in a Vodacom Cup match for the Young Lions against Griquas, where he limped off after just 25 minutes. The match kicks off at 15:00 on Saturday, and the full team and match report is here

Win tickets for the Lions vs Cheetahs match
May 2, 2007 - The Golden Lions Rugby Union once again agreed to sponsor a ticket giveaway for loyal visitors to my site, so I'm giving away tickets for the Super 14 match against the Cheetahs which takes place this Saturday (5 May).
Go to the competition page for details. (Click here to go to the competition page) 

Limp Lions lashed by Sharks
Apr 29, 2007 - The Lions lost their fourth game in a row when they were beaten 33-3 by the Sharks in Durban on Saturday. It was close to, if not the worst performance of the Lions in the Super 14 this year. Next weekend we play at home against the Cheetahs, and the loser will end last of the South African sides on the Super 14 log.

Lions humbled at home
Apr 21, 2007 - The Bulls beat the Lions 31-7 at Ellis Park on Saturday, moving up into fourth place on the Super 14 log in the process. The halftime score was 10-7 in the favour of the visitors, but at the start of the second half Andre Pretorius made an awfull hash when he tried to catch the kickoff from the Bulls, and it was as if the Lions couldn't get back in the game after that. The Bulls scored 5 tries to the one from the Lions.

Six changes for Bulls match
Apr 18, 2007 - Eugene Eloff made six changes to the side that will face the Bulls at Ellis Park on Saturday. The biggest surprise is the inclusion of Geo Cronje at Lock, this after turning out for the Vodacom Cup side last weekend. The other changes are Jaco Pretorius back at inside Centre, Enrico Januarie at Scrumhalf, Willem Alberts at openside Flank, Bertus Smit at Tighthead and Willie Wepener at Hooker. The match kicks off at 15:00 on Saturday. The full team is here.

Win tickets for the Lions vs Bulls match
Apr 16, 2007 - The Golden Lions Rugby Union once again agreed to sponsor a ticket giveaway for loyal visitors to my site, so I'm giving away tickets for the Super 14 match against the Bulls which takes place this Saturday (21 April).
Go to the competition page for details. (Click here to go to the competition page)

Geo included in Vodacom Cup side
Apr 12, 2007 - Geo Cronje was included in the Young Lions side that will play Griquas in a Vodacom Cup match this weekend. The 26-year old has played in three test matches for the Springboks in 2003 and 2004. It will be very interesting to see how he does, as Lock seems to be one of the positions where the Lions squad is a bit thin. If he does well, he might even make his first Super 14 appearance for the Lions against the Bulls on 21 April.

Lions blown away by Stormers
Apr 7, 2007 - The Lions came crashing back to earth on Saturday when the Stormers hammered them 30-8 at Newlands. The Lions had chances early on in the game, but unfortunately made far too many errors, and gradually saw the game slip away from them. This was one of the Lions poorer showings this season, for some reason they didn't play with the passion that we have seen from them earlier in their campaign. For the 1st time this season, there is also the possibility that we might finish last of the South African teams in the Super 14.

Four changes for Stormers match
Apr 5, 2007 - Coach Eugene Eloff made four changes to the side that will play the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday. Jaco Pretorius was concussed in the Brumbies match, and therefore Jaque Fourie moves from the left wing to outside centre, while Jaco van Schalkwyk moves from Fullback to left wing, and Earl Rose will be at Fullback. Jano Vermaak gets a start at Scrumhalf ahead of Enrico Januarie. The Lions will feel that they have a good chance to win this match, and this would make them serious semi-final contenders.

Brumbies sneak past Lions
Mar 31, 2007 - The Brumbies beat the Lions 14-9 in a close match at Ellis Park on Saturday. With less than 10 minutes to go, the score was still tied at 9-9, but the Brumbies managed to steal a Lions ball that they tried to run from deep in their own 22 meter area, and with a huge overlap on the right, managed to score the winning try in the right hand corner. The full match report is here.

Three changes for the Brumbies match
Mar 28, 2007 - Coach Eugene Eloff made three changes to the side that will face the Brumbies on Saturday. Brian Mujati replaces Bertus Smit at tighthead prop, Doppies la Grange replaces Jaco Pretorius at inside centre, who moves to outside centre in the place of Jaque Fourie, who drops to the bench. The full team is here

I'm giving away tickets for the Brumbies match!
Mar 26, 2007 - The Golden Lions Rugby Union once again agreed to sponsor a ticket giveaway for loyal visitors to my site, so I'm giving away tickets for the Super 14 match against the Brumbies which takes place this Saturday (31 March).
Go to the competition page for details. (Click here to go to the competition page)    

Lions crush Hurricanes
Mar 24, 2007 - The Lions took full advantage of playing at home on Saturday, crushing the Hurricanes 30-7 at Ellis Park. The Hurricanes used all six their returning All Blacks, but not even that could stop the Lions from achieving their 5th victory of the season, and moving up into 6th place on the log. Ethienne Reynecke and Jaque Fourie scored tries for the Lions, while Andre Pretorius kicked 5 penalties, a conversion and a drop goal for 20 points in the match.     

Five changes for Hurricanes match
Mar 22, 2007 - Coach Eugene Eloff made five changes to the team that will play the Hurricanes at Ellis Park this Saturday. Jannie Pretorius replaces the out of form Wylie Human on the left Wing, Enrico Januarie replaces Jano Vermaak at Scrumhalf, Cobus Grobler has recovered from his injury and is back at Lock, Bertus Smit starts at Tighthead in the place of Brian Mujati, and Ethienne Reynecke will start at Hooker, replacing Willie Wepener, who's had a great Super 14 so far. The full team is here.     

I'm giving tickets away for Hurricanes match!
Mar 19, 2007 - The Golden Lions Rugby Union once again agreed to sponsor a ticket giveaway for loyal visitors to my site, so I'm giving away tickets for the Super 14 match against the Hurricanes this Saturday (24 March).
Go to the competition page for details. (Click here to go to the competition page)    

Chiefs also too good for Lions
Mar 17, 2007 - The Lions went down to the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday, losing 34-7. They will now be heading home, where they will play another 4 matches, as well as two away games against South African competition, and hopefully they will pick up some points from these 6 matches.   

Lions song available for download
Mar 14, 2007 - Lions fans that have been to the Super 14 matches at Ellis Park this year will be aware that there is a catchy new Lions fan song called "Die Leeus", by Juan & Drikus. Juan performed the song live before the Waratahs game on the 2nd of February, as well as during the halftime break, and the song was also played at all the Ellis Park games since then. The song will be available on CD soon as part of an Ellis Park compilation, but for a preview, there is a 30 second clip available for download here.   

Loffie changes 5 for Chiefs match
Mar 14, 2007 - Coach Eugene Eloff made five changes to the team to play the Chiefs on Friday. Two of the changes are forced by injury, Jaco van Schalkwyk replaces the injured Earl Rose at Fullback, while Willem Alberts, normally a number eight, comes in for the injured Cobus Grobler at Lock. In other changes, Jaco Pretorius moves to inside centre, Jano Vermaak to Scrumhalf, and Wylie Human to left wing.   

Blues too good for Lions
Mar 10, 2007 - The Blues beat the Lions 41-14 in Auckland on Saturday, ending the Lions run of four victories and perhaps a bit of a reality check for the Lions and their fans. The Blues were leading 15-0 after just 8 minutes, and after that, the Lions were never in the game again, although both teams only scored 7 points each in the second half. A number of the Lions looked a bit like they were having a bit of an off day, particularly Jaque Fourie, normally a solid player for the Lions, who missed a number of tackles, and also far too many knocks and turnovers by the Lions.   

Andre Pretorius to start against Blues
Mar 7, 2007 - Lions fans will be over the moon to see that Andre Pretorius was included in the starting line-up for the Lions match against the Blues for Saturday's match. He is one of three changes to the team that beat the Reds last Saturday, replacing Jaco van Schalkwyk at Flyhalf. The other two changes see Louis Ludik replacing Wylie Human at right wing, and Brian Mujati replacing Bertus Smit at tighthead prop. Interestingly though, Ernst Joubert, who has stood in as captain in the absence of the injured Pretorius, keeps the captaincy for this match.   

Lions beat Reds for second Aussie victory
Mar 3, 2007 - The Lions beat the Reds 26-10 in Brisbane on Saturday, recording their 4th win in this year's Super 14 and moving up to third place on the log. The Reds dominated the game in the first half, but kept the Lions in the game by conceding penalties in kickable positions. In the 2nd half the Lions played much better, and managed to steal the game away from the Reds in the last 10 minutes when Captain Ernst Joubert scored a brilliant try under the posts. It's clear now that the Lions won't be push-overs in this competition like the Cats used to be.  

Lions succeed where the Cats failed
Feb 25, 2007 - The Lions did what the Cats never could, win a rugby game in Australia. It's hard to believe, but the Cats could not even win once in Australia from 1998 to 2006, and then the Lions achieve a victory in Australia in their first game over there.

For the record, the Lions beat the Force 25-24 in Perth on Saturday. A lot of the credit must go to new coach Eugene Eloff, who boasts a win ratio of 75% after his first four Super 14 games.

It's very clear that Loffie made the difference for the Lions in the Currie Cup last year, when the team won their last eight games in the competition, and it looks like Loffie and the team are set to continue that form in the Super 14, and this with a team that was given no chance whatsoever by anyone in South Africa before the Super 14 started. 

Loffie makes eight changes for Force game
Feb 22, 2007 - Coach Eugene Eloff made eight changes to the team to play the Force this Saturday. Three of the changes are positional, while five players return to the starting XV. They are Wylie Human at wing, Doppies la Grange at inside centre back from injury, Gordon Gilfillan at lock for the injured Cobus Grobler, Bertus Smit at tighthead, and Ethienne Reynecke at hooker.

The big news is that Andre Pretorius is on the bench, and will hopefully see his first Super 14 action this season.
Lions beat Crusaders at Ellis Park in low scoring match
Feb 17, 2007 - The Lions recorded their second victory of the 2007 season, beating the Crusaders 9-3 at Ellis Park on Saturday. The game was try-less, with all the points coming from penalties, three from Louis Strydom and one from Stephen Brett of the Crusaders.

The full match report is here.

Enter competition to win tickets for Crusaders match
Feb 13, 2007 - I've got tickets to give away for the Super 14 match between the Lions and the Crusaders, sponsored by the Golden Lions Rugby Union. Visit the competition page to get the details. This is the last match at Ellis Park before the Lions depart for Australia and New Zealand for the next four matches, and they only return to Ellis Park on the 24th of March, so make sure you enter to be able to see the exciting running rugby the guys are playing!

The competition page is here.

Lions get first Super 14 victory against Highlanders
Feb 10, 2007 - The Lions beat the Highlanders 11-6 at Ellis Park on Saturday for their first Super 14 victory since dumping the Cats tag. The match was played in rainy conditions, but it didn't look like it made much of an impact on the handling of the players. Both teams defended well, and in the end it was just a Wylie Human try that separated the two teams. Heinke van der Merwe, the loosehead prop, was named as man of the match.

You can find the full match report here.

Lions change four for Highlanders
Feb 7, 2007 - The Lions named four changes, one positional, to the team that will face the Highlanders at Ellis Park on Saturday. The Ellis Park faithful will be glad to see the return of 2006 player of the year, Jaco Pretorius, who will do duty on the left wing. Wylie Human, originally not named in the Lions S14 squad of 30, will be on the right wing, while Jano Vermaak will start at Scrumhalf, and Louis Ludik moves from left Wing to Fullback. Ethienne Reynecke and Bertus Smit also return to the bench.

You can find the full team and match report here.

Injury-hit Lions stumble at first hurdle
Feb 2, 2007 - The Lions went down 25-16 to the Waratahs at Ellis Park on Friday, after trailing 15-6 at the break. They were hit by injuries though, Andre Pretorius and Kenny McKenzie had to withdraw from the team today. Louis Strydom replaced Pretorius at Flyhalf, and really didn't do much wrong, except missing a few penalties. He managed to do well with his tactical kicking, and also defended his channel well.

In the end it came down to two things that cost the Lions the game, just before the break they lost concentration at a scrum in the opponents half, which lead to Elsom's try in the corner, and in the middle of the 2nd half Jaque Fourie spear-tackled Tuqiri, and was yellow carded, and the Waratahs scored a try from the line-out they took from the penalty.

Louis Ludik scored a spectacular try, while Cobus Grobler and Cobus Grobbelaar also played well. 
Jaco Pretorius is the 2006 player of the year
Jan 30, 2007 - Jaco Pretorius was named as the 2006 player of the year at a function on Tuesday. As his prize he gets to drive a Hyundai Tibyron, sponsored by Bryanston Hyundai, for the rest of 2007.
Runners up on equal votes were Louis Ludik and Ernst Joubert, while the players player of the year, as voted for by the players themselves, was Louis Ludik.
Lions CEO Andy Turner said, "Jaco is a prime example of dedication, proven by the fact that he joined the Lions in 2006 without a contract, and with his dedication and determination and focus on the field, ended by achieving Springbok colours, a remarkable achievement in just four months."

Also today, the team to face the Waratahs was announced, you can find it here.

Super 14 squad named
Jan 22, 2007 - The Lions named a 30-man squad to represent us in the Super 14 in 2007. The first match is on the 2nd of February, less than 2 weeks from today. The squad is: Willem Alberts, Jannie Boshoff, Ashton Constant, Jacques Cronje, Jaque Fourie, Gordon Gilfillan, Cobus Grobbelaar, Cobus Grobler, Enrico Januarie, Ernst Joubert (v/c), Doppies la Grange, Colin Lloyd, Louis Ludik, Kenny McKenzie, Brian Mujati, Andre Pretorius, Jaco Pretorius, Ethienne Reynecke, Earl Rose, Lawrence Sephaka, Bertus Smit, Louis Strydom, Solly Tiybilika, Franco van der Merwe, Heinke van der Merwe, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Anton van Zyl, Jano Vermaak, Willie Wepener, Ashwin Willemse.

Andy Turner resigns as CEO
Jan 15, 2007 - Andy Turner resigned as Lions CEO on Monday. He will leave his post at the end of February. President of the Union, Professor Jannie Ferreira says "It has been a privilege to have had Andy on board and to have worked with him over the last two years where we have put many structures in place. His services will certainly be missed."
The exco meeting of 5 February will discuss the procedures to be followed with regards to a replacement CEO.

Lions fail to impress on Friday, better on Saturday
Jan 15, 2007 - The Lions played in two warm-up matches this weekend, against a Puma side in Secunda on Friday, and against the Leopards in Potch on Saturday.
The Friday team looked more like the team that will start for the Lions in the proper Super 14, and it must be worrying that they failed to impress against a side that might not even be good enough for the Currie Cup this year. With just 20 minutes left in the game, the Lions were trailing 14-17, but then managed to score four tries and save themselves from what could have been a major embarrassment. In the end they won 35-17, but obviously some questions remain. Players that deserved a mention: Jaco van Schalkwyk, Thobela Mdaka, Ernst Joubert and Jannie Boshoff.
In the second match they fared better, but it must be said that it was against a weaker team. They won 41-10, but the match was marred by unforced errors, and in this match Colin Lloyd and Franco van der Merwe stood out for the Lions.      


Andre Pretorius confirmed as captain of Lions for Super 14
Jan 11, 2007 - Andre Pretorius was named as captain of the Lions Super 14 team, with Ernst Joubert as the vice-captain, after a Lions board meeting on Wednesday. Lions coach, Eugene Eloff, has worked with Pretorius since 1998 and said of the new captain "he has filled the team leadership role superbly and is well respected by the team".
Pretorius played his first game for the Lions in 1999, and has since then added another 43 caps, scoring 7 tries and 528 points. He has only captained the Lions once, against Griquas in 2005. He has also played in 24 test matches, scoring two tries and 163 points for the Springboks.   


 3 double season tickets up for grabs!
Jan 4, 2007 - Three lucky visitors to my website will each win a double season ticket to Ellis Park for the 2007 rugby season. For information on how to enter the competition, click on the Competition link on the navigation bar on the left, or to go straight to the page, click here.  


 Lions season ticket information
Jan 3, 2007 - Lions season tickets for 2007 are now available and for the first time a variety of packages are available to cater for everyone.

Rugby fans will be spoilt for choice as they are able to buy tickets for adults, pensioners, students, scholars, a family of two (one parent and one child) or a family of four (two adults and two children).

Season ticket holders will have access to each of the seven Super 14 and all seven Currie Cup matches, as well as to the Test between the Springboks and Samoa.

Season tickets are the ideal gift for loved ones, friends, colleague or business associates, and are expected to sell very quickly.

Tickets are available online at www.epsteamstore.co.za and the tickets will be delivered to your doorstep. Alternatively they can be purchased from the Ellis Park Ticket Office. Prices start at R170. For more information on the ticket prices visit www.lionsrugby.co.za.

Season parking tickets, offering you safe and secure parking close to the stadium, are also be available from the Ellis Park Ticket Office.

For more information on purchasing your passport to support the Lions contact (011) 402 2960 or (011) 402 9999 or email info@ellispark.co.za.  


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