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Injuries force reshuffle in Bok side to play England
Nov 20, 2008 - Coach Peter de Villiers named a side with three changes to play England in the final test of the year for the Springboks at Twickenham on Saturday.

John Smit moves to Hooker in the place of the injured Bismarck du Plessis, while his place at tighthead is then filled by Jannie du Plessis, and Juan Smith was also injured against Scotland and his place is taken by Danie Rossouw at number 7.

Chiliboy Ralepelle and Heinrich Brussow are new on the bench, and Brussow will make his debut if used, which is more than likely as De VIlliers always uses all 22 players in almost every match.

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Lions lose another top player
Nov 19, 2008 - The Lions lost another one of their top players when Centre Jaco Pretorius signed a three year contract with the Bulls on Tuesday.

Pretorius was the Lions player of the year in 2006 after a great season where he scored 11 tries in 12 matches, and this after playing without a contract that year because he wanted to prove himself.

Jaco played in 50 matches for the Lions, scoring 30 tries and 150 points. He made his Lions debut in 2001 in a home game against Namibia.

He also played in two tests for the Springboks on the back of his brilliant 2006 season.

It sounds like Pretorius tried his best to stay with the Lions, but for some reason the union did not want to offer him what he's worth, and he had no option but to sign with the Bulls.

This is just another big mistake by the union, Jaco was consistently one of our best players in the last three seasons, and scored a brilliant try in our victory over the Blue Bulls at Loftus this year, he will really be missed by the union and supporters and players.

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Fourie du Preez out with injury
Nov 14, 2008 - Fourie du Preez injured a quadricep muscle in training for the test against Scotland this Saturday, and had to be replaced by Enrico Januarie. He will also have to sit out against England next weekend. Danie Rossouw takes Januarie's spot on the bench.

The team to play Scotland is:

Conrad Jantjes, JP Pietersen, Adrian Jacobs, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Ruan Pienaar, Enrico Januarie, Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Schalk Burger; Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha; John Smit (captain), Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira.

Substitutes: Brian Mujati, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Andries Bekker, Ryan Kankowski; Danie Rossouw, Frans Steyn, Jaque Fourie.



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Springbok side to play Wales announced
Nov 5, 2008 - Peter de Villiers announced the Springbok side to play Wales this Saturday, and kept his promise to pick John Smit at tighthead prop and Ruan Pienaar at Flyhalf. Other than that the only surprise is perhaps the fact that Ryan Kankowski is not starting at number eight.

The team is:

Conrad Jantjes, JP Pietersen, Adrian Jacobs, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Ruan Pienaar, Fourie du Preez, Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Schalk Burger; Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha; John Smit (captain), Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira.

Substitutes: Brian Mujati, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Andries Bekker, Ryan Kankowski; Ricky Januarie, Frans Steyn, Jaque Fourie.



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Two Lions included in Springbok squad
Oct 25, 2008 - Two Lions players were named in the Springbok squad of 28 players that will play three test matches against Wales, Scotland and England in November.

Earl Rose and Jaque Fourie are the only Lions in the squad, while Heinke van der Merwe and Jano Vermaak were named as two of the seven players on standby.

Surprisingly Peter de Villiers said that Ruan Pienaar is touring as the number one Flyhalf, and John Smit as a Tighthead Prop.

The full list is:

Forwards: Andries Bekker, Bakkies Botha, Schalk Burger, Heinrich Brussouw, Bismarck du Plessis, Ryan Kankowski, Victor Matfield, Brian Mujati, Tendai Mtawarira, Chilliboy Ralepelle, Danie Rossouw, Jogn Smit (c), Juan Smith, Pierre Spies, Gurthro Steenkamp.

Backs: Fourie du Preez, Jean de Villiers, Jaque Fourie, Bryan Habana, Adrian Jacobs, Conrad Jantjes, Enrico Januarie, Odwa Ndungane, Jongi Nokwe, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Earl Rose, Francois Steyn.

Players on standby: Peter Grant, Jannie du Plessis, Johan Muller, Wynand Olivier, Adrian Strauss, Heinke van der Merwe, Jano Vermaak.


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Show your support for the Springbok emblem!
Oct 22, 2008 - There is lots of talk again that the Springbok emblem is under threat. Let me be very clear on this issue, I support the Springbok emblem 100%!

If you feel the same way, I have created a page that allows you to add your name and contact details to a database to show your support for the Springbok emblem. The contact details part is to make sure that I'm not cheating, and that it can be verified that the names on the list are real.

Go add your name to show your support of the Springbok emblem! Click here


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Lions lose Trompie to Griquas
Oct 22, 2008 - In a shocking development the Lions admitted that Trompie Nontshinga has in fact signed a contract with Griquas, and not with the Lions. This despite the fact that the Lions sent out a media announcement last week in which they claimed that they secured the services of the player for two seasons.

This is a big blow to the Lions, as Trompie seemed to be one of the better players on the list of 9 new signings that the Lions announced. CEO Manie Reyneke declined to explain what happened, saying that he "can't discuss players or salaries in public".

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Lions announce new signings
Oct 16, 2008 - The Lions announced their new player signings for the 2009 season today. Most prominent is the name of Trompie Nontshinga, who was on loan from the Bulls, who has signed a two year contract with the Lions. Nontshinga started in the last six games for the Lions, in which he scored three tries, and he will certainly be a regular starter for us in the next two seasons.

Other new signings are:

Rouan Cloete (2 years)
Todd Clever (1 year)
Divan Kotze (2 years)
Robert Kruger (2 years)
Willie Ricard (1 year)
Alastair Siegelaar (2 years)
Thuliphato Marole (2 years)
Hans van Dyk (2 years)

The following players extended their contracts with the Lions:

Willem Alberts (Oct 2011)
Charl du Plessis (Oct 2010)
Jaque Fourie (Oct 2010)
Cobus Grobbelaar (Oct 2010)
JC Janse van Rensburg (2011)
Chris Jonck (2010)
Doppies la Grange (2010)
Louis Ludik (2011)
Derick Minnie (2010)
Gert Muller (2010)
Earl Rose (2010)
Jody Rose (2010)
Justin St Jerry (2010)
Lawrence Sephaka (2010)
Dewald Senekal (2010)
Johan van Deventer (2011)
Heinke van der Merwe (2011)
Walter Venter (2010)
Jano Vermaak (2010)
Willie Wepener (2010)
Justin Wheeler (2010)
Ross Geldenhuys (2010)

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Sharks end the Lions season
Oct 13, 2008 - The Sharks ended the Lions season on Saturday by beating them 29-14 in Durban in a Currie Cup semi-final. Both teams scored two tries, but the Sharks were already in a commanding 26-7 lead at halftime.

The Lions were poor in the first half, making too many mistakes and conceding far too many penalties and allowing the Sharks to convert them into points and basically run away with the match.

It was a dissapointing Currie Cup season for the Lions, after losing last year's final by just two points to the Cheetahs, this year they struggled, and only managed to win 2 out of 9 matches played against the so-called big five unions. The wins were against WP at home and the Blue Bulls away, but the other leg against these two unions were lost, as well as 2 losses against the Cheetahs and three against the Sharks (including the semi-final).

Based on this, one has to admit that the 2008 Currie Cup season was a failure, and we have to ask where we go from here?


  
 
Loffie changes three for Sharks semi-final
Oct 9, 2008 - Coach Eugene Eloff made three changes to the Lions side that will face the Sharks in the Currie Cup semi-final in Durban on Saturday.

The big news is that Louis Strydom will start at Flyhalf, a wise choice in my opinion as Strydom is our only fit true Flyhalf at this stage.

Earl Rose is moved to Fullback, where he can probably do less damage than what he did in the last match against the Sharks, while Ludik is then moved to Right Wing in the place of Killian, who will be on the bench.

The only problem that I have with this change of heart of the coach is that it came much too late, Strydom should have started at Flyhalf as soon as he recovered from the injury he had at the start of the Currie Cup, but instead, he was just used as a replacement in 5 recent matches, so one also has to wonder how he will handle being thrown into the deep end at such a crucial stage of the season.

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Supporters bus to Durban
Oct 7, 2008 - The guys at Lions Pride have organised a Supporters Bus that will travel down to Durban for the semi-final against the Guppies, here is the information:

The Lions Pride are offering you a very very rare opportunity... to watch the Xerox Lions take on the Sharks in Durban in the 2008 Absa Currie Cup Semi-Final on Saturday, 11 October 2008.

A bus will be departing from the Johannesburg Athletics Stadium on
Saturday morning to the Absa Stadium in Durban, and will return to
Johannesburg after dinner has been served. The departure times will be confirmed with you once your booking has been confirmed.

Seats are limited and tickets are selling fast, so don't hesitate to
book your tickets today. The cost is just R820.00 per person which will include your match ticket, a return bus trip to Johannesburg and three meals (a breakfast and lunch pack on the bus, and dinner at the stadium after the game). There are only 63 seats available and tickets are strictly on a first come first serve basis.

Please email Olga van der Struys at olgav@glru.co.za to book your seat on the bus and for any further information by no later than Thursday, 9 October 2008 at 11:00am.

  
 
Lions deny mountain goats again!
Oct 6, 2008 - The Lions lost 14-6 to WP at Newlands on Saturday, but did enough to qualify for the Currie Cup semi-finals and keep WP out of the semis.

It's not the first time this year that we managed to keep the mountain goats out of the semis, earlier in the year we kept them out of the denied them out of the Super 14 semis as well.

So how do you like the roar of the Lions now!

As the score shows, the match was no spectacle, and WP lead 7-0 at the break after Luke Watson scored after the hooter when we were a man down after Doppies la Grange got a yellow for hands in a ruck. Rose then slotted a penalty to make it 7-3, and then, with the Lions on the attack, Jean de Villiers intercepted a pass from Louis Strydom to Jaque Fourie and ran the length of the field to score and make it 14-3. About 6 minutes from full time Rose kicked another penalty to make the final score 14-6.


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Lions forced to change one for WP clash
Oct 2, 2008 - The Lions were forced to make one change to the team that plays Western Province at Newlands on Saturday.

Derick Minnie was injured in the loss to the Sharks and his place is taken by Justin Wheeler, while Wilhelm Koch will be on the bench in Wheeler's place. Jaco van Schalkwyk also replaces Rayno Benjamin on the bench.

Koch recently signed to play the next two seasons at the Leopards, and it's slightly surprising to see him on the bench for us.

The match against the Stormers is crucial for both teams, the Lions need a single bonus point from the match to qualify for the semis, while WP need to keep the Lions from scoring a bonus point, while they have to score one themselves, and beat the Lions by 19 points to qualify for the semis.


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Lions hand game to Sharks
Sep 27, 2008 - The Lions were once again their worst enemy in a match where they went down 20-34 against the Sharks at Ellis Park on Saturday.

They were leading 8-3 at the break and looked in control of the match, but then in the space of just six minutes Earl Rose made two huge mistakes and basically handed the match to the Sharks. First he tried to chip the ball over the head of Jean Deysel, but instead it went straight into the hands of Deysel who said thanks and went to score a try, and then 6 minutes later he kicked a clearing kick from his 22 straight into the hands of JP Pietersen, who then chipped the ball over the Lions defense and scored another try.

In the match analysis that I've been doing all season, that is one of the mistakes Rose makes in every match, namely not to find touch from clearing kicks from his 22, and this time it really cost us dearly. The coach also needs to take part of the blame for not addressing this shortcoming of the player that becomes evident when you analyse the matches, but who knows, they might not even be aware of this. In my opinion Louis Strydom should also have been starting at number ten since he recovered from his injury.

This loss was the first since 1996 to the Sharks in the Currie Cup at Ellis Park, not a proud day for us Lions. It could mean that we miss out on a semi-final spot, depending on what we do against WP next weekend, and I would assume that that could mean the end of Loffie at Ellis Park. He gave three players a run of 6 minutes again in this match, not sure what he expects a player to do in 6 minutes, but one of them, Jannes Labuschagne, earned his first cap since 2004 for us.


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Lions change one for Sharks clash
Sep 25, 2008 - Eugene Eloff named one change to the  Lions side to face the Sharks in a crucial Currie Cup clash at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Jaco Pretorius injured his hand in the match against Boland and that allows Jaque Fourie to start at Outside Centre. Fourie has played in three Currie Cup matches this year, of which two were off the bench, and one can only hope that he won't be too rusty in a match as important as this one, and off course that he gets enough quality ball to do his magic that we know he is capable of.
The other big news is that Jannes Labuschagne is on the bench to cover lock, Jannes last played for the Lions in September 2004, and he is a veteran of 103 matches for the Lions.

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Lions score bonus point after hooter against Boland
Sep 20, 2008 - The Lions scored their fourth try after the hooter against Boland in Wellington on Saturday, winning the game 31-10 in mud bath conditions. It's actually shocking that Boland is allowed to neglect their playing surface in this way, and one can only hope that SARU steps in and sorts it out.
The Lions were leading 17-5 at the break and only needed to score two tries in the second half to earn the bonus point, but then time ran out and that fourth try looked like it would evade the Lions, only for Derick Minnie scoring it about a minute after the final hooter.
It must also be said that the official in charge of the hooter seemed to sound it early by about two minutes in both halves, effectively making it a 76 minute match instead of 80.
Jaco Pretorius played in his 50th match for the Lions and was rewarded with his 30th try for us.

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Loffie names unchanged side for Boland clash
Sep 18, 2008 - Coach Eugene Eloff named an unchanged Lions side to play Boland in Wellington on Saturday. The Lions need 5 points from the match to make sure that they stay 3rd on the log with only two regular matches left after the weekend.
The only changes are on the bench where Jaque Fourie makes a welcome return after his injury in the Argentina test match, and Duncan Naude, the big lock sourced from the Pumas, are set to make his debut for the Lions.

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Come join the Lions for some Barnyard fun!
Sep 9, 2008 - On Wednesday 17 September 2008 the Lions are having a fun evening at the Barnyard Theatre in Cresta, and they are inviting you to join in the fun.

Each table will have one of the Lions players, and two players, Walter Venter and Ethienne Reynecke have asked me to help fill some of the empty places at their tables, but believe me, you have to act fast as these places will be snapped up.

The cost is R150 per person, and there are ten seats available at every table. To book a table at Walter Venter's table, phone Dewald on 082-211-5476, and for a place at the table of Ettas, phone Walter on 082-572-5492.

The evening's fun starts at 7 for 7:30.
  
 
Rayno Benjamin in court
Sep 9, 2008 - Rayno Benjamin appeared in court this afternoon on allegations of being in possession of a schedule 5 substance earlier in the year.

Benjamin's legal advisor, Mr. Boela van der Merwe, has had the matter remanded to Thursday, 2 October 2008.

Reports this morning were incorrect in stating that both Earl Rose and Rayno Benjamin were allegedly dealing in drugs. Rose was charged but never appeared in court, and neither of the two were accused of dealing in drugs, but with possession of a schedule 5 substance.

Benjamin denies the allegations against him and has no knowledge of being in possession of the alleged schedule 5 substance. It would appear that the substance was planted in his flat.

Van der Merwe has discussed the merits of the case with the Senior Prosecutor of Randburg, Mr. Pieter Erasmus, whereby it was agreed that written representations will be submitted to Erasmus. Van der Merwe believes that written representations will be favorably met by the Senior Prosecutor.

The Golden Lions Rugby Union is supportive of Rayno and is behind him during this matter. No disciplinary action steps have even been considered at this stage, pending the outcome of the written representations.

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Lions outclass Valke in Brakpan
Sep 5, 2008 - The Lions were much too strong for the Valke in Brakpan on Friday night, beating them 83-14 after leading 38-14 at the break. The Lions scored 13 tries to the 2 by the Valke, and five Lions players scored two tries each, namely Jaco van Schalkwyk, Michale Killian, Doppies la Grange, Ethienne Reynecke and Rayno Benjamin.
The worrying thing is that Mostert, Jonck, Venter and La Grange left the field with injuries, Mostert and Jonck with serious injuries and we still wait to see how serious the injuries of the two number 12's are.
Jaco van Schalkwyk also received a red card for a spear tackle, which probably means at least a one-match ban for him.

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Lions change four for Valke clash
Sep 3, 2008 - Coach Eugene Eloff made four changes to the team to play the Valke in Brakpan on Friday night. Louis Ludik and Willem Alberts were injured against the Cheetahs, while Jano Vermaak received a one-match suspension for his spear tackle. Their places are filled by Jaco van Schalkwyk, Ernst Joubert and Chris Jonck respectively. In the only other change, Trompie Nontshinga, who is on loan from the Bulls, gets a start on the left wing in the place of Rayno Benjamin. Walter Venter is on the bench after being in the wilderness for six matches, and hopefully will get at least 30 minutes to show his class.

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Boks crush the Aussies
Aug 31, 2008 - The Springboks totally outplayed Australia at Ellis Park on Saturday, handing them a crushing 53-8 defeat after the disappointing loss at Durban last week. The Boks scored eight tries to one, with four of the tries coming from man-of-the-match Jongi Nokwe.
It's the second highest score in history by the Boks against Australia, but the winning margin of 45 is the biggest in history over the Aussies.

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Boks forced to make two changes
Aug 29, 2008 - Coach Peter de Villiers was forced to make two changes to the Springbok side to take on the Wallabies at Ellis Park on Saturday, after the injury to JP Pietersen and the suspension of CJ van der Linde.
This allows Odwa Ndungane and Brian Mujati to start against the Wallabies.

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Alberts out for rest of season
Aug 28, 2008 - The Lions received the shock news on Wednesday that Willem Alberts, the inspirational number eight, will be out for the rest of the season. He left the field in the Cheetahs match last Friday with what was described as "just a twisted ankle", but was operated on his ankle ligaments in Rosebank yesterday and his recovery period will be at least 12 weeks, which effectively ends his season, as the Currie Cup final is played in about 8 weeks.

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Lions come up short against Cheetahs
Aug 22, 2008 - The Cheetahs are the team that we've got the worst record against since 1991, we only have a 45% win ratio against them over that period, and they've beaten us in the last four Currie Cup matches we've played. It was no different on Friday evening, they beat us once again, 38-28 in a pulsating match at Ellis Park. Both teams gave everything, but in the end the Cheetahs had a little bit more, and managed to outscore the home side four tries to three. Rayno Benjamin scored two for the Lions, including the last one that made the score look a bit more respectable for the Lions.

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Loffie puts trust in Bull-beaters for Cheetahs clash
Aug 20, 2008 - Coach Eugene Eloff named an unchanged side to face the Cheetahs at Ellis Park on Friday evening. The only change is on the bench, where Ross Geldenhuys replaces Gert Muller. Geldenhuys hasn't represented the Lions at Currie Cup level yet, so if he gets a run, it will be his Lions debut. The coach showed faith in the starting XV that managed to beat the Blue Bulls at Loftus two weeks ago, and we all hope that they can continue their good form against the Cheetahs, the team that beat them in the final last year, on Friday.

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Two changes for Boks to play Australia
Aug 19, 2008 - Coach Peter de Villiers made two changes to the side that went down to the All Blacks last weekend, Conrad Jantjes replaces Percy Montgomery at Fullback, while Jongi Nokwe replaces the injured Brian Habana at Left Wing.
Joe van Niekerk is also back on the bench and is sure to get a run as it seems that De Villiers is a coach that believes in giving all 22 players a run in every match.

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Springboks in heavy loss against New Zealand
Aug 16, 2008 - The Springboks went down 19-0 against the All Blacks at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday, after trailing 5-0 at the break. The All Blacks scored three tries to none. They also made history as it was the 39th test between the All Blacks and South Africa in South Africa, and it was the very first time that the Springboks was kept scoreless.
Not that the Boks didn't have chances, they had plenty, but for some reason wasn't able to finish at the crucial stages. There was actually very little between the teams, and the scoreline certainly flatters the visitors.

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Five changes for Boks to play All Blacks
Aug 12, 2008 - Coach Peter de Villiers named five changes to the Springbok side to play the All Blacks at Newlands on Saturday. The big news is that Percy Montgomery will start in what will be his 100th Test Match for South Africa, replacing Conrad Jantjes at Fullback.
The other four changes are Bryan Habana at Left Wing for Jongi Nokwe, Fourie du Preez for Enrico Januarie at Scrumhalf, Schalk Burger for Luke Watson at Flank, and Andries Bekker for the injured Bakkies Botha at Lock.

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Lions beat the odds and the Bulls at Loftus
Aug 8, 2008 - The Lions went to Loftus as underdogs, and then surprised by beating the log leaders, the Bulls, 30-27 on Friday evening. The Lions scored four tries to three, and were leading 20-13 at the break, after scoring in the last moments in the first half with the scores level at thirteen all, and then they went further ahead in the second half to lead 30-13 at one stage, and then the Bulls fought back with two tries and threatened to steal the match from the Lions, but luckily the Lions managed to keep them from scoring any further after that and get a great win away from home. Willie Wepener with his two tries was named man of the match. 

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Lions change one for Loftus clash
Aug 6, 2008 - Coach Eugene Eloff made only one change to the Lions side to face the Blue Bulls at Loftus on Friday evening. The change is forced by the injury to Dewald Senekal, who sounds like he will be out for the rest of the season. Gerhard Mostert, himself back from injury, replaces Senekal. The other big news is that Ernst Joubert is on the bench after he was injured during the Lions overseas Super 14 tour. He was expected to only return for the Cheetahs match, but will now make his comeback off the bench 2 weeks earlier.

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Five changes for Boks to play Argentina
Aug 5, 2008 - Coach Peter de Villiers made five changes to the Bok team to play Argentina at Ellis Park on Saturday. Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Luke Watson, Adrian Jacobs and Jongi Nokwe, who will make his test debut, are the changes. On the bench, Jaque Fourie and Fourie du Preez make welcome returns after injury, while Joe van Niekerk and Percy Montgomery add to the experience on the bench.

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Lions finally win a big one
Aug 2, 2008 - The Lions beat WP 27-13 at Ellis Park on Saturday, scoring three tries to one and keeping their hopes for the 2008 season alive. It was a close match, and one that could still have been a draw, but the Lions stole a ball after the hooter and secured the match with a great try by Doppies la Grange. Louis Ludik was named man of the match.

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Lions change two for must-win WP clash
Aug 1, 2008 - Coach Eugene Eloff made two changes to the Lions side to play Western Province in a crucuial match at Ellis Park on Saturday. Michael Killian replaces Heini Gordon at Right Wing, while Anton van Zyl is back at Lock for the injured Gerhard Mostert. It is a must-win game for the Lions, who currently find themselves in 5th place on the Currie Cup log, with this the last match of the first round.

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Lions snatch defeat from jaws of victory
July 26, 2008 - The Lions were cruising to victory against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday, leading 11-9 with about five minutes to go in the match, but then through a sequence of stupid mistakes managed to hand the victory to the Sharks. First Jaco van Schalkwyk kicked the ball straight into touch to hand the Sharks field position, and then shortly afterwards Keegan Daniel ran through some poor tackles to score the winning try for the Sharks. The Sharks eventually won the match 16-11, but the Lions will kick themselves for not managing to close the game out in the last few minutes.

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Lions change five for Sharks clash
July 24, 2008 - Coach Eugene Eloff made five changes to the Lions side that face the Sharks in a Currie Cup match in Durban on Saturday. Three of the changes are positional, and it's mostly forced by injuries that happened at training during the week.
Louis Strydom and Jaco van Schalkwyk are both injured, forcing Eloff to name Earl Rose at Flyhalf, which means that Louis Ludik will start at Fullback, with Rayno Benjamin then taking his place at Left Wing. Jaque Fourie is also injured, so Jaco Pretorius moves back to Outside Centre, with his place taken by Heini Gordon, who had a good game against the Valke 3 weeks back.

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Lions hang on for victory over Griquas
July 19, 2008 - The Lions beat Griquas 36-32 in Kimberley on Saturday, scoring five tries to six, and thus earning five points from the match.
I can't imagine that coach Eugene Eloff can be very happy with our performance in the second half, as we were leading 24-5 at the break and obviously must have had a shocking 2nd half.

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Australia beat Springboks in Perth
July 19, 2008 - The Springboks went down 16-9 to Australia in Perth on Saturday in what seemed to be a lackluster performance from the men in green.
Coach Peter de Villiers in my view is making a mistake with Conrad Jantjes in the team, as Jantjes had a bit of a shocker, and the second mistake the coach is making is having a very inexperienced bench, so when the Aussies were beating us, he couldn't send in the cavalry, as he didn't have them on the bench.

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Lions change four for Griquas match
July 17, 2008 - The Lions followed the lead from the Springboks and also made four changes to the team to play Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday. The big news is that Jaque Fourie will start in his first Currie Cup match for the Lions since the Currie Cup semi-final against the Blue Bulls at Loftus on 15 October 2005. I was at that match, and remember the brilliant game Wayne Julies played that day at Inside Centre, scoring two tries and giving us a sniff of victory, but it wasn't to be.
Jaque replaces Jaco Pretorius at Outside Centre, who moves to Right Wing in the place of Jannie Boshoff. Franco van der Merwe has recovered from injury and is back at Flank in the place of Justin Wheeler, who was named as the player's player of the match against Boland last weekend.
The last change sees Gerhard Mostert, also back from injury, replacing Alten Hulme at Lock.
There are two new faces on the bench, Derek Harwood from UJ, who is only 20, is the replacement Hooker, and will make his Lions debut if he gets to come on on Saturday, while Tsepo Kokoali, who last played for us in 2001 and earned 5 caps that year, is also on the bench.
 

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Four changes to Springboks for Australia Test
July 17, 2008 - Coach Peter de Villiers made four changes to the Springbok team to play Australia in a Tri-Nations Test in Perth on Saturday.
Conrad Jantjes replaces Percy Montgomery at Fullback, Francois Steyn replaces the injured Adrian Jacobs at Outside Centre, Pierre Spies is in for Joe van Niekerk at Number Eight, and Schalk Brits starts at Hooker in the place of suspended Bismarck du Plessis.

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Lions win big against Boland
July 12, 2008 - The Lions beat Boland 57-17 at Ellis Park on Saturday, scoring eight tries to two in a match where they simply outclassed the opposition. They scored 5 points from the match, taking them to 11 points on the log and second on the log before the other matches of Saturday. Willem Alberts was named man of the match.

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Springboks make history in Dunedin
July 12, 2008 - Coach Peter de Villiers will be a happy man today, as the Springboks managed to beat the All Blacks 30-28 in Dunedin, the first time in history that the Boks got a victory at this venue, and also the first time since 1998 that the Boks won a Test in New Zealand. This was the Springboks 8th test in Dunedin and the first time they got a victory there.

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Nine changes to Lions for Boland clash
July 10, 2008 - For the second week in a row coach Eugene Eloff named nine changes to the team, this time to play Boland at Ellis Park this Saturday at 3pm.
The changes are:
Jannie Boshoff replaces Louis Ludik at Right Wing, Ludik moves to Left Wing in the place of Heini Gordon, who had a decent game against the Valke last Friday. Jaco Pretorius replaces Jaco van Schalkwyk at Outside Centre, it's great to have Pretorius back and hopefully he can get his try-tally ticking over in this match. Doppies la Grange replaces the injured Walter Venter at Inside Centre, and Jano Vermaak is back at Scrumhalf in the place of Chris Jonck. Willem Alberts replaces Wilhelm Koch at Number 8 and Alten Hulme comes in at Lock for the injured Anton van Zyl. Willie Wepener replaces the injured Ethienne Reynecke at Hooker, and Heinke van der Merwe is back at Loosehead Prop in the place of JC Janse van Rensburg.

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Three changes to Springboks for 2nd All Blacks Test
July 10, 2008 - Coach Peter de Villiers announced three changes to the Springbok side to play the All Blacks in the 2nd Tri-Nations Test in Dunedin on Saturday.
Percy Montgomery replaces Conrad Jantjes at Fullback, while JP Pietersen replaces Odwa Ndungane at Right Wing, and Bismarck du Plessis comes in at Hooker for the injured John Smit.
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Lions secure first win in 2008 Currie Cup
July 4, 2008 - The Lions finally scored their first win of the 2008 Currie Cup season, beating the Valke 35-23 at Ellis Park on Friday, scoring 4 tries to 3 and securing five log points in the match. Louis Strydom certainly made a difference at Flyhalf, and Rose had his best match for the Lions in the Currie Cup and was also named man of the match for his three tries.
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Ellis Park renamed to Coca-Cola Park
July 3, 2008 - It's official, the rumours were true, Ellis Park was re-branded as Coca-Cola Park effective from 1 July 2008. The partnership between GLRU and Coca-Cola follows the signing of a renewable, four-and-a-half-year sponsorship deal between Coca-Cola South Africa (CCSA) and the Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU). It is in line with Coca-Cola's long history of involvement with popular sports, such as football, rugby and entertainment, specifically music.
The deal was rumoured to bring in R45m for the GLRU.  
  
 
Win tickets for the Lions vs Valke match
July 3, 2008 - The Johannesburg City Council is sponsoring four tickets and a parking ticket at the Johannesburg Stadium for one lucky visitor to my website for the Currie Cup match between the Lions and the Valke that takes place at Ellis Park on Friday 4 July at 19:10.
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Six changes to Springboks to play All Blacks
July 3, 2008 - Coach Peter de Villiers made six changes to the Springbok side to play the All Blacks in the Tri-Nations opener on Saturday. It will be his 4th test in charge of the Springboks but his biggest test yet, as the first three were against Wales and Italy, not really regarded as strong opposition. Obviously it can be assumed that De Villiers sees this as the strongest team that he can pick at this moment, and it's going to be interesting to see how the Boks do against New Zealand, seeing that we are the current World Champions after winning the World Cup in France last year, but also taking into account that the Springboks haven't won a Test in New Zealand since
25 July 1998 in Wellington when they won 13-3.
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Lions change nine for Valke clash
July 1, 2008 - Lawrence Sephaka is one of nine changes to the Lions side to play the Valke at Ellis Park on Friday evening. He will pack down at Tighthead in the place of JC Janse van Rensburg, who moves to Loosehead, his preferred position, in the place of Heinke van der Merwe, who gets a rest.
The other seven changes are: Jaco van Schalkwyk moves to Outside Centre from Flyhalf, replacing Jannie Boshoff who had a death in the family and is on leave, Heini Gordon starts at Left wing in the place of Dusty Noble, Louis Strydom starts at Flyhalf in the place of Jaco van Schalkwyk, Chris Jonck replaces Jano Vermaak at Scrumhalf, Wilhelm Koch replaces Willem Alberts at number eight, Anton van Zyl replaces Gerhard Mostert at Lock, and Ethienne Reynecke gets a start at Hooker in the place of Willie Wepener.
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