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Lions announce Currie Cup squad for 2010
June 29, 2010 - The Lions announced a squad of 34 players to represent us in the Currie Cup of 2010, which kicks off against the Leopards in Rustenburg on 9 July.

A few players are listed as injured, and as they are likely to miss the entire Currie Cup, they weren't included in the squad. They are Cobus Grobbelaar, Dusty Noble, Justin Wheeler, Lawrence Sephaka, Nico Luus and Wigan Pekeur.

Some of the notable names that played for the Lions in this year's Super 14 or last year's Currie Cup, that did not make the squad, are: Earl Rose, Henno Mentz, Jannie Boshoff, Willem Stoltz, Ruan Boshoff, Rouan Cloete, Johan van Deventer, Earl Lewis, Torrie Meyer, Derek Harwood, Jacques Lombard, Walter Venter, Wouter Moore, Bernado Botha and Johan Jackson. Carlos Spencer is also not named in the squad, although it is understood that he might play in some of the matches.

The squad is:
Backs:
Alwyn Hollenbach, Burton Francis, Chris Jonck, Deon van Rensburg, Doppies la Grange, Elton Jantjies, Herkie Kruger, Jaco Taute, Jano Vermaak, JP Joubert, Marius Delport, Michael Killian, Pieter Engelbrecht, Tonderai Chavhanga, Wandile Mjekevu, Waylon Murray
Forwards:
Charles Emslie, David Bulbring, Derrick Minnie, Franco van der Merwe, George Earle, Hans van Dyk, Jaco Kriel, JC Janse van Rensburg, Johan Snyman, Jonathan Mokuena, Kevin Buys, Martin Bezuidenhout, Robert Kruger, Ross Geldenhuys, Ruan Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley, Wayne Swart, Wikus van Heerden

  
 
Clever moves to Japan
June 21, 2010 - The news broke today that Todd Clever has decided to quit the Lions and further his playing career in Japan with the club Suntory.

Todd spent 18 months with the Lions, playing in two seasons of Super rugby and one Currie Cup campaign. He was capped 11 times in the Currie Cup and 21 times in the Super 14, where he also scored three tries.

“I will always be a Lion, but it is now time to take the next step in my career and explore new challenges,” Clever told the EaglesXV.com website. “I have decided to continue my playing career in Japan and also focus on helping USA Rugby reach higher plateaus of achievement.” “I am thankful for the opportunities that the Lions have given me. “I have had three seasons here - two Super 14s and a Currie Cup. I have had three coaches and have won over each of them by showing my dedication and heart. I have been proud to put on the Lions jersey week in and week out.” “I have had the best team-mates a player can ask for, and I am excited for their future progress. The team is about to turn the corner. Though I am sad I can’t take the ride with them, I will always be a Lions supporter. Thanks to the Lions as I leave with the door open for future opportunities with Super 14!”

Go well Todd, and enjoy the sushi in Japan!



 
Lions lose another quality player
June 15, 2010 - We have learnt from a reliable source that Tighthead Prop, Gert Muller, has signed with the French club Agen, effective from 1 July, and is therefore lost to the Lions.

Gert played in only five Super 14 matches this year, where last year he played in 12, a bit of a mystery as many people consider him to be the best scrummer at Tighthead with the Lions. He made his debut for the Lions off the bench on 21 June 2008 against the Blue Bulls, and earned 19 Lions caps in the two years that he played Currie Cup rugby, scoring his only try against Boland in September 2009.

He was very highly regarded as a player by previous coach, Eugene Eloff, and when he didn't play in the early matches of the 2010 Super 14 campaign for the Lions, some of the other South African franchises expressed an interest in his services, but this was blocked by the Lions, a move that might have contributed to the player signing overseas.

Go well Gert, we hold thumbs for success in France!



 
Muir axed and Mitchell appointed as coach
May 17, 2010 - Dick Muir will be axed as Lions coach and John Mitchell appointed in his place. That is if we can believe the online edition of Perth Now.

They reported on their website on 15 May that the Lions have been negotiating with Mitchell for three weeks, and that they are now pushing for the Force to release Mitchell from his contract so that they can announce the appointment. Apparently the Lions are also not interested to retain the services of Muir, but they are looking to get rid of him using the teams non-performance as reason (The Lions lost all 13 of their Super 14 matches).

The 46-year old is one of only three New Zealanders to have played for, captained and coached the All Blacks. He played in 6 test matches for the All Blacks and as coach of the All Blacks enjoyed a win-ratio of 86%.

Mitchell has been coach at the force for five seasons, and in that time this is how they finished:
2006 - 14th with 1 win
2007 - 7th with 6 wins
2008 - 8th with 7 wins
2009 - 8th with 6 wins
2010 - 13th with 4 wins


 
Lions change eight for Cheetahs clash
May 13, 2010 - Coach Dick Muir made eight changes to the Lions side that will play the Cheetahs on Saturday. Four of the eight changes are positional, with Tonderai Chavhanga moving from Left to Right Wing, Deon van Rensburg from Outside Centre to Right Wing, Franco van der Merwe from Lock to Blindside Flanker, and Wikus van Heerden from Blindside Flanker to Openside Flanker.

In the other four changes Marius Delport and Jaco Taute will be the new Centre pair, while Nico Luus comes in at Lock and Ross Geldenhuys at Tighthead Prop.

It will be Jaco Taute's first start in a Super 14 match after he earned two caps off the bench in the two previous matches, and it will be interesting to see how he does at Inside Centre. Captain Cobus Grobbelaar was given the match off to support his wife who is giving birth.

The team is:
Lions: 15 Carlos Spencer, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Marius Delport, 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Deon van Rensburg, 10 Herkie Kruger, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Derick Minnie, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Wikus van Heerden (captain), 5 George Earle, 4 Nico Luus, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Charles Emslie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Gert Muller, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Jonathan Mokuena, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Michael Killian, 22 Bernardo Botha.

  
 
Lions change two for Blues clash
May 6, 2010 - Coach Dick Muir announced two changes to the Lions side that will play the Blues on Saturday. Franco van der Merwe has recovered from his back injury and replaces Nico Luus at Lock. Nico moves to the bench. Gert Muller replaces Ross Geldenhuys at Tighthead Prop, with Ross falling out of the match 22.

Gert and Ross are our two strongest Tighthead Props, and I don't quite understand the coaches policy to rotate the two every match. It basically means that they only play every second week and I'm not sure if the players are benefitting from this policy.

The team will certainly benefit from the return of Franco, he is one of our top players and I'm sure we missed him in the match against the Force. The Blues haven't lost a match in Johannesburg in 10 years, so I'm going to tip them for another win over us on Saturday, probably by about 10 points or so.

The team is:
Lions: 15 Carlos Spencer, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Tonderai Chavhanga, 10 Herkie Kruger, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Derick Minnie, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 George Earle, 4 Franco van der Merwe, 3 Gert Muller, 2 Charles Emslie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Nico Luus, 19 Justin Wheeler, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Jaco Taute, 22 Bernardo Botha.

  
 
Lions change five for Force clash
Apr 29, 2010 - Coach Dick Muir announced five changes to the Lions side that will play the Force on Saturday. Wandile Mjekevu was sent to the SA Sevens side to improve his game, and his place is taken by Tonderai Chavhanga on the Left Wing. Deon van Rensburg replaces the injured Marius Delport at Outside Centre, while George Earle replaces Franco van der Merwe at Lock. Franco injured his back in the match against the Bulls on Saturday, and he will be missed as he is one of our top players.

In the last two changes, Ross Geldenhuys replaces Gert Muller at Tighthead Prop, while Charles Emslie replaces Hans van Dyk at Hooker.

The team is:
Lions: 15 Carlos Spencer, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Tonderai Chavhanga, 10 Herkie Kruger, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Derick Minnie, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 George Earle, 4 Nico Luus, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Charles Emslie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Jacques Lombaard, 19 Justin Wheeler/Jonathan Mokuena, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Jaco Taute, 22 Bernardo Botha.

  
 
Manie Reyneke revokes my media accreditation
Apr 26, 2010 - I was told today that my media accreditation at the Lions was revoked by Lions CEO, Manie Reyneke. He apparantly didn't like the fact that one of the members on my forum suggested that we start a petition calling for the resignation of the Lions CEO. Apparantly the same post was made on the official Lions site's forum, so I wonder if that means that whoever own the official site will also not be welcome at Ellis Park. I wonder who owns the official site?

Anyway, let's be honest, I have been critical of the Lions this year, we've lost 10 out of 10 matches in the Super 14, and it looks like our management doesn't realise that this could easily open the door for the Super Kings to grab our Super rugby spot, which would probably be the end of the Lions as that would kill us financially.

Manie has been CEO of the Lions since September 2007, and unfortunately this also hasn't been the most memorable period in the history of the Lions. Just in the last year we saw the departure of Eugene Eloff without the public being told what the reason was, then nine players left at the same time, then we saw the Jake White fiasco where he was paid a fortune to help us to sixth place on the Currie Cup log, our worst finish in eleven seasons, and then Dick Muir was appointed to coach us to 10 Super 14 losses in a row, double what Loffie could do as he only got to five losses in a row.

What does this mean for this website in the future? Well, I suppose nothing will really change, the only change is that I will watch the Lions matches at home on television until we get a new CEO that will be willing to give me accreditation again. The current CEO must realise that no one is bigger than the game, and that he can ban me from the park, but he will never silence my voice or stop me from being a Lions Supporter. Op die Vaal!

  
 
Lions change two for Bulls clash
Apr 22, 2010 - Coach Dick Muir made two changes to the side that will play the Bulls on the weekend. Both changes were forced upon him through injury. Doppies la Grange injured his ankle, and is replaced by Walter Venter, while Todd Clever injured his shoulder early in the game against the Sharks, and his place is filled by Derick Minnie.

On the bench Muir also made a few changes, there is no place for Heinke van der Merwe, with Kevin Buys named as replacement prop, and Heinke doing duty in the Vodacom Cup side, while Justin Wheeler and Wouter Moore are on the bench for the first time this season.

Wheeler has played consistent rugby for the Vodacom Cup side and it's great to see that he gets a chance, this after spending the whole of last season in the Vodacom Cup side as well.

The team is:
Lions: 15 Carlos Spencer, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Marius Delport, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Herkie Kruger, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Derick Minnie, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Nico Luus, 3 Gert Muller, 2 Hans van Dyk, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 Wouter Moore, 19 Justin Wheeler, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Deon van Rensburg, 22 Tonderai Chavhanga.

  
 
Lions change six for Sharks clash
Apr 15, 2010 - Coach Dick Muir again couldn't resist the urge to make wholesale changes to the side that will play the Sharks on the weekend. He announced no fewer than six changes to the side on Thursday.

With Herkie Kruger starting at Flyhalf he fixes one of the problems his side has had all season, namely no recognised kicker in the starting XV, except for the match where Burton Francis started. The knee injury of Walter Venter also gives Marius Delport a chance to start at Outside Centre, fixing another Muir selection issue, namely that he has played almost the whole season with two Inside Centres in the side.

In the other changes Tonderai Chavhanga replaces Wigan Pekeur on the Right Wing, Todd Clever is in at Number Eight in the place of Derick Minnie, who drops to the bench, Hans van Dyk gets his first start this season at Hooker in the place of Hannes Franklin, also dropping to the bench, and JC Janse van Rensburg starts at Loosehead Prop in the place of Heinke van der Merwe, who also drops to the bench.

On the bench Chris Jonck will get his first run in the Super 14 this year, while Deon van Rensburg also makes a return after he injured his hand early on tour.

The team is:
Lions: 15 Michael Killian, 14 Tonderai Chachanga, 13 Marius Delport, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Herkie Kruger, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Todd Clever, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Nico Luus, 3 Gert Muller, 2 Hans van Dyk, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Willem Stoltz, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Deon van Rensburg, 22 Carlos Spencer.

  
 
Mordt to teach Lions how to tackle
Apr 14, 2010 - The Lions have finally realised that their defence is a problem and have called in the help of Ray Mordt to sort it out.

The Lions are experiencing a nightmare season, having lost all eight their matches so far and having conceded 43 tries and 354 points already, that comes to 5.4 tries and 44.25 points per match, clearly the defence is a huge proble, and it is sad that it took the union until now to realise that it needs special attention. It's slip-ups like this that makes one wonder how competent the people are that are in charge at the Lions.

Mordt has played in 18 test matches for the Springboks from 1980 to 1984, and played on the right wing in all 18 of them, and he only played in a losing Bok side in four tests. He scored 12 tries in the 18 tests. He played in 10 matches for the Lions from 1981 to 1982.



  
 
Wikus back for Reds clash
Apr 8, 2010 - Wikus van Heerden will play for the Lions in the Super 14 for the first time since 2006 after he was named in the side on Thursday to play the Reds this Saturday. He was named at Blind Side Flanker.

He is one of five changes to the side that went down to the Highlanders two weeks ago. The other changes are Wandile Mjekevu in for Tonderai Chavhanga on the Left Wing, Derick Minnie in a positional change to Number Eight in the place of Todd Clever, who drops to the bench, Gert Muller at Tighthead prop in the place of injured Ross Geldenhuys, and Heinke van der Merwe at Loosehead Prop in the place of JC Janse van Rensburg.

Hans van Dyk, Herkie Kruger and Marius Delport are all three on the bench for the first time in this year's competition.

The team is:
Lions: 15 Michael Killian, 14 Wigan Pekeur, 13 Walter Venter, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Carlos Spencer, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Derick Minnie, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Nico Luus, 3 Gert Muller, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Hans van Dyk, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Willem Stoltz, 19 Todd Clever, 20 Jacque Coetzee, 21 Herkie Kruger, 22 Marius Delport.

  
 
Lions change four for Highlanders clash
Mar 24, 2010 - Coach Dick Muir made four changes to the Lions side to play the Highlanders on Friday. It looks like Earl Rose is finally getting punished for some poor tackling this season, and drops to the bench, giving Michael Killian a start at Fullback. The other changes are Tonderai Chavhanga for Wandile Mjekevu at Left Wing, Carlos Spencer for Burton Francis at Flyhalf and Nico Luus for George Earle at Lock. Nico Luus joined the team during the week from South Africa, after George Earle was ruled out with a shoulder injury.

The team is:
Lions: 15 Michael Killian, 14 Wigan Pekeur, 13 Walter Venter, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Tonderai Chavhanga, 10 Carlos Spencer, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Todd Clever, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Nico Luus, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Charles Emslie, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Willem Stoltz, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 JP Joubert, 21 Wandile Mjekevu, 22 Earl Rose.

  
 
Jano Vermaak back for Crusaders clash
Mar 18, 2010 - Jano Vermaak will start his first Super 14 match of the season on Saturday against the Crusaders, this after having played 40 minutes against the Waratahs last weekend and 40 minutes against the Valke in a Vodacom Cup match two weeks ago. In the Vodacom Cup match in Nigel Jano played in the first 40 minutes and looked quite rusty, and after the match I got a chance to chat to him and he indicated that he wasn't ready to play Super 14 yet, and that he thought that it would be better if he joined the squad when they returned from Australasia. So it was quite a surprise when I heard that he flew out there on the Monday after the game.

Coach Dick Muir made a total of six changes, the other being Wigan Pekeur for Tonderai Chavhanga on the Right Wing, Burton Francis for Carlos Spencer at Flyhalf, George Earl for Willem Stoltz at Lock, Ross Geldenhuys for Kevin Buys at Tighthead Prop, and JC Janse van Rensburg for Heinke van der Merwe at Loosehead Prop.

The team is:
Lions: 15 Earl Rose, 14 Wigan Pekeur, 13 Walter Venter, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Todd Clever, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 George Earle, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Charles Emslie, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Willem Stoltz, 19 Robert Kruger / Jacques Lombaard, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Carlos Spencer, 22 Michael Killian.

  
 
Carlos back for Waratahs clash
Mar 10, 2010 - Carlos Spencer has recovered from his injury and will be back at Flyhalf for the Lions against the Waratahs on Friday. He is one of six changes to the team named by coach Dick Muir on Wednesday.

The other changes are: Franco van der Merwe at lock for George Earl who is struggling with a bruised shoulder, while Dusty Noble will be out for the rest of the season, his place will be filled by Wandile Mjekevu. Earl Rose is back at Fullback in the place of Michael Killian, who doesn't make the match 22. Heinke van der Merwe and Hannes Franklin are back in the frotn row at the expense of JC Janse van Rensburg and Charles Emslie, who both drop to the bench. Jano Vermaak and Wigan Pekeur, who joined the squad in Australia after playing in the Vodacom Cup game last Saturday, are both on the bench.

The team is:

15 Earl Rose, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Walter Venter, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Carlos Spencer, 9 JP Joubert, 8 Todd Clever, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (capt), 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Franco van der Merwe, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Charles Emslie, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Jacques Lombaard, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Wigan Pekeur.

  
 
Lions change eight for Brumbies clash
Mar 3, 2010 - Dick Muir made wholesale changes to the starting XV to play the Brumbies on Friday with no fewer than eight changes. It's possible that Muir has decided that there is no hope of beating the Brumbies and that key players need a rest so that we can go for a win in some of the next matches on tour, or perhaps some of the players were dropped after Muir gave them a chance in the first three matches to show what they've got.

The changes are: Michael Killian for Earl Rose at Fullback, Walter Venter for the injured Deon van Rensburg at Outside Centre, Dusty Noble for Wandile Mjekevu at Left Wing, Burton Francis for Carlos Spencer at Flyhalf, Willem Stoltz for Franco van der Merwe at Lock, and then a whole new front row in JC Janse van Rensburg, Charles Emslie and Kevin Buys for Heinke van der Merwe, Hannes Franklin and Ross Geldenhuys.

The team is:

15 Michael Killian, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Walter Venter, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Dusty Noble, 10 Burton Francis, 9 JP Joubert, 8 Todd Clever, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (capt), 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 George Earl, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Charles Emslie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Robert Kruger or Jacques Lombaard, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Carlos Spencer or Wandile Mjekevu, 22 Earl Rose.

  
 
Lions change just one for Hurricanes clash
Feb 25, 2010 - Dick Muir made only one change to the starting XV to play the Hurricanes on Saturday. Willem Stoltz was suspended and his place is taken by George Earl, who will be making his Super 14 debut for the Lions at Lock.

On the bench we see two changes, Robert Kruger comes in for Jonathan Mokuena, and Walter Venter replaces Burton Francis. The team is:

15 Earl Rose, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Carlos Spencer, 9 JP Joubert, 8 Todd Clever, 7 Derrick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (capt), 5 George Earl, 4 Franco van der Merwe, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Charles Emslie, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 Jacques Lombaard, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Walter Venter, 22 Michael Killian.

  
 
Follow the action live!
Feb 19, 2010 - As always I will be at today's match at Ellis Park to bring you all the action live. Follow it on this link on our forum. Feel free to discuss the match as it happens. A few of us are also getting together at Cadac Corner before the match for a quick braai and meet, feel free to join us if you are at the Park!
The link to the match report is here. After the match you can also rate our players on this link, and analysis of the match which will be available at this link.

  
 
Lions change three for Chiefs clash
Feb 16, 2010 - Dick Muir announced only three changes to the Lions side that will play the Chiefs this Friday. Todd Clever replaces Mokuena at Number Eight, while Derrick Minnie replaces Franco van der Merwe at seven, with Franco moving to Lock in the place of Lombaard.

The few changes come as a bit of a surprise, as the starting XV was flat against the Stormers and it was especially scrumhalf Jacques Coetzee that made an impact on the game when he came on in the second half, so it's a bit of a mystery as to why he finds himself on the bench for this match.

Team to play Chiefs:
15 Earl Rose, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Carlos Spencer, 9 JP Joubert, 8 Todd Clever, 7 Derrick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar(c), 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Franco van der Merwe, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Reserves: 16 Charles Emslie, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg/Kevin Buys, 18 Jacques Lombaard, 19 Jonathan Mokuena, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Michael Killian.

  
 
Follow the action live!
Feb 13, 2010 - As always I will be at today's match at Ellis Park to bring you all the action live. Follow it on this link on our forum. Feel free to discuss the match as it happens. A few of us are also getting together at Cadac Corner at around 15:00 for a quick braai and meet, feel free to join us if you are at the Park!
The link to the match report is here. After the match you can also rate our players on this link, and hopefully by the end of the weekend I will have done an analysis of the match which will be available at this link.

  
 
Muir selects his Lions to face the Stormers
Feb 10, 2010 - Dick Muir has made up his mind about the starting XV against the Stormers on Saturday, and as expected he has retained the majority of the players that started against the Pumas last Friday.

Muir made only five changes to the side that started (and struggled) against the Pumas, the two Locks Luus and Labuschagne, seemed to get the blame for the struggling line-outs, as they are replaced by Jacques Lombaard, who did look good as a replacement last Friday, and Willem Stoltz. JP Joubert starts at 9 ahead of Jonck, which is a bit of a surprise as I would have thought that Jonck would be the place kicker. Tonderai Chavhanga starts at right wing in the place of Dusty Noble, another surprise as Dusty was one of our best players in the Currie Cup last year, and always gives 100% on the field. Earl Rose starts at 15 in the place of Killian, who had a bit of a bad game against the Pumas.

All eyes will be on Carlos Spencer at Flyhalf, he was the best player last Friday against the Pumas, and hopefully he will show the same good form this Saturday.

Starting XV against Stormers:
15 Earl Rose, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Carlos Spencer, 9 JP Joubert, 8 Jonathan Mokuena, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Jacques Lombaard, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Reserves: 16 Charles Emslie, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Todd Clever, 19 Derrick Minnie, 20 Jacque Coetzee, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Michael Killian.

  
 
Lions struggle against Pumas
Feb 5, 2010 - Dick Muir must be a very worried man tonight, after the Lions scraped home 24-17 against the Pumas in Witbank. With about 15 minutes to go the scores were still tied at 17-17, and the Pumas had a few chances to take the upset victory, but luckily they didn't convert those chances and eventually the Lions managed to score the winning try late in the second half.

Who knows, perhaps it's Muir's strategy to make the Stormers over confident for the match in a week's time, but what we saw from the Lions on Friday night makes me think that we are in for a big hiding next Saturday.

The Lions first try was scored by youngster Wandile Mjekevu, who had no defenders in front of him down the left touchline, and just had to catch the ball and score the try. The second try came from a blunder by the Pumas, the Lions had a line-out 5 meters from the Puma try-line, but the Pumas stole the line-out by slapping the ball back to their side, where Mokuena pounced on the loose ball and scored the try. The third try came from a bit of magic by Spencer, who put in a cross field kick inside the Pumas 22, where Killian managed to catch the ball close to the try-line, and when he was tackled he passed to Van Rensburg, who ran in for the try. The last try came from a line-out where the forwards drove the ball over the line for replacement hooker Charles Enslie to score.

Points:
Lions:
Tries: Wandile Mjekevu, Jonathan Mokuena, Deon van Rensburg, Charles Enslie. Conversions: Chris Jonck, Burton Francis
Pumas: Tries: Ronnie Uys, Elgar Watts. Conversions: Braam Pretorius (2). Penalty: Pretorius

  
 
Follow the action live!
Feb 5, 2010 - I'm in Witbank to bring you all the action live from this pre-season warm-up match between the Lions and the Pumas. Just go to my forum at http://www.lionsworld.co.za/forum to follow my comments on the game (6:30pm).



  
 
Muir's plans more clear
Feb 2, 2010 - Dick Muir's thinking became more clear on Tuesday when the two Lions sides to play the Leopards and Pumas in two Super 14 warm-up matches were announced.

The black team will be playing the Leopards and will kick off at 4:30pm, while the red team will play the Pumas at 6:30pm.

It can pretty much be assumed that the red team is then the favourites to start against the Stormers, and that it will require a big effort from anyone in the black team to get into the match 22 for the Stormers game.

Carlos Spencer will get his first run in a Lions jersey, while Jonathan Mokuena has also secured a place in the red team after a fiery match against the Bulls on Saturday. Wandile Mjekevu gets a start on the left wing after he had a good game off the bench on Saturday, showing that Muir is willing to reward good performances, probably also the reason that Killian starts at 15, as he also looked full of rugby on Saturday. The rest of the red team shows no surprises, other than that Franco gets a run at 7 instead of lock, and this is a positive for me, as I've always believed that he could be a player that can be called up for higher honours if the union picks him at 7.

Lions black team: 15 Earl Lewis, 14 Marius Delport, 13 Alwyn Hollenbach, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Trompie Notshinga, 10 Herkie Kruger, 9 Alex Koch, 8 Todd Clever, 7 Thabo Mamojele, 6 Johan van Deventer, 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 George Earle, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Hanyani Shimange, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Replacements - from: Hans van Dyk, Gert Muller, David Bulbring, Robert Kruger, Ruan Boshoff, Jannie Boshoff, Justin St Jerry, Pieter Engelbrecht, Henno Mentz, Shandre Frolick, Rouan Cloete

Date: Friday, February 5
Venue: Puma Stadium, Witbank
Kick-off: 16.30
Referee: Pro Legoete
Assistant referees: Stefan Breytenbach, local

Lions red team: 15 Michael Killian, 14 Dusty Noble, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Carlos Spencer, 9 Chris Jonck, 8 Jonathan Mokuena, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (c), 5 Nico Luus, 4 Jannes Labuschagne, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Heinke van der Merwe

Replacements - from: Charles Enslie, Lawrence Sephaka, Jacques Lombaard, Derrick Minnie, JP Joubert, Burton Francis, Wigan Pekeur, Tonderai Chavhanga, Earl Rose, Danie Crous

Date: Friday, February 5
Venue: Puma Stadium, Witbank
Kick-off: 18.30
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Pro Legoete, Stefan Breytenbach

  
 
Follow the action live!
Jan 30, 2010 - I'm in Polokwane to bring you all the action live from this pre-season warm-up match between the Lions and the Bulls. Just go to my forum at http://www.lionsworld.co.za/forum to follow my comments on both games (4pm and 6:30pm).

The halftime score of the first match was 11-3 for the Bulls, our only points coming from a penalty by Burton Francis. In the second half we made a lot of changes but the team stayed scoreless and the Bulls crossed our try-line twice to make the final score 25-3.

In the second match, the Bulls scored the only try of the first half, by Gerhard van den Heever, with the rest of the points coming from Morne Steyn, to make the halftime score 14-0. In the second half the Lions managed to run in two tries, but the Bulls were dominant and took the match 42-12.

  
 
Muir not giving anything away
Jan 27, 2010 - Dick Muir named the two sides to play the Bulls in Polokwane on Saturday in the Lions first pre-season matches, and didn't really give any indication of who he regards as his starting XV at this stage.

Most of the guys that could be considered as key players are evenly distrubuted over the two teams, as well as on the benches for the two teams.

Muir might be giving some of the fringe players a last chance in these two matches to prove themseleves or be cut from the squad.

The teams are:
Black Team (curtain raiser): Earl Rose, Dusty Noble, Rouan Cloete, Justin St. Jerry, Shandré Frolick, Burton Francis, Chris Jonck, Jonathan Mokuena, Thabo Mamojele, Danie Crous, Franco van der Merwe, Jannes Labuschagné (c), JC Janse van Rensburg, Derek Harwood, Lawrence Sephaka.
Bench: Hans van Dyk, Nog Een, Nico Luus, Johan van Deventer, Doppies la Grange, Jannie Boshoff, Alwyn Hollenbach.

Red Team (main game): Michael Killian, Wigan Pekeur, Deon van Rensburg, Walter Venter, Henno Mentz, Herkie Kruger, Alex Kock, Todd Clever, Derick Minnie, Cobus Grobbelaar (c), Willem Stolz, George Earl, Kevin Buys, Hannes Franklin, Heinke van der Merwe.
Bench: Charles Enslie, Nog Een, David Bulbring, Robert Kruger, Alistair Siegelaar, Trompie Nontshinga/Bernado Botha, Wandile Mjekevu.

  
 
Baywatch to lead the pride
Jan 25, 2010 - The Golden Lions Rugby Union announced their captain for the 2010 Super 14 season on Monday, and as expected, Cobus "Baywatch" Grobbelaar will lead the pride of the Lions once again.

Pre-season speculation saw the names of Jano Vermaak, Franco van der Merwe, Jonathan Mokuena and Carlos Spencer mentioned as candidates for the captaincy, but I'm not surprised at all that the job went to tried and trusted Baywatch. Mokuena and Spencer are both new to the squad, and it might have been disruptive to the squad dynamics to name one of them, while Jano is still injured so it wouldn't have made sense to name him as captain.
Franco van der Merwe is one of the stars of the squad, and at least certain of a start in every match, but his credentials as captain at other levels of the game before he joined the Lions are unknown to me.

"Cobus is a proven world class captain and we are extremely proud to announce that he will again lead the team in the 2010 Super 14", Director of Coaching, Dick Muir said.

"We are very fortunate to have a variety of senior players who possess substantial leadership abilities, and are thus able to assist Cobus with making decisions on the field. Some of our more senior players, who have these abilities are Franco van der Merwe, Jonathan Mokuena, Doppies la Grange, Jano Vermaak and Herkie Kruger," Muir continued.

The team will play two home matches before departing for the away leg of the tour, where they will cross the Tasman Sea twice before returning to South Africa for another four home and two away matches. First they are sceduled to play two warm up games - on Saturday, 30 January against the Bulls and on Friday, 5 February against the Pumas. The coaching staff will announce the Super 14 squad thereafter.

Cobus Grobbelaar Statistics:
Provincial caps: 90 (31 as captain)
Provincial points: 65 (13 tries)
Super 14 caps: 57
Super 14 points: 15 (3 tries)


  
 
Wikus to return to Lions
Jan 18, 2010 - The Golden Lions Rugby Union announced this morning that Wikus van Heerden, former Lions captain, has signed with the Lions from 1 July 2010 - 31 October 2012.

Van Heerden, or "Captain Courageous", as he was commonly referred to, left the Golden Lions Rugby Union at the end of the 2006 Absa Currie Cup competition to join the Vodacom Bulls, and thereafter moved to Saracens. He will remain at Saracens until the end of their season on the 30 June 2010 before moving back to Johannesburg.

Van Heerden commented this morning that he is very excited about returning to the Lions. "Since my time at the Lions I have grown as a player and have gathered much experience at both the Bulls and Saracens. I am hoping to utilize this experience and make an impact when I join the Lions later this year".

The GLRU are very excited about signing Van Heerden who has spent most of his formative rugby career with the Johannesburg based team.

"It's always good to sign a new player, but when it's a former star player returning, it makes it a little more special. Wikus returning is exciting, and we see this as just one more step in the right direction for the GLRU", CEO Manie Reyneke said.

Of the various unions in South Africa, why the Lions? Van Heerden said, "The Lions has always been a very special place to me. I spent nine (9) years at the Lions before moving over to the Bulls. At that stage I needed a change. With all the changes at the Lions now and with the new people appointed, this is an exciting and ideal opportunity for me to make the most of what is left of my rugby career. And who knows, maybe I can be a part of a winning Super 14 or Currie Cup team while at the Lions".

Van Heerden will join the Lions ahead of the 2010 Absa Currie Cup, where he is expected to be a regular in the starting 15.

  
 
Carlos Spencer signs for Lions
Jan 7, 2010 - Carlos Spencer signed a contract with the Lions and will be available for us in the Super 14 and Currie Cup in 2010.

The 34-year old is expected to join the team for training in the next 10 days.

He has played in 35 Test matches for the All Blacks between 1997 and 2004, and scored 291 points in his Test career.

He joined Northhampton Saints in 2005 after playing for Auckland in New Zealand between 1996 and 2005, where he scored 608 points in Super Rugby.

Carlos might be slightly on the old side but Flyhalf is a very key position in a team and it's one of the areas that the Lions are lacking experience now that Andre Pretorius has left the union, and the youngsters can certainly learn a lot from Spencer this year.

  
 
All the best for the new year!
Jan 1, 2010 - I want to wish all the loyal visitors to www.lionsworld.co.za all the best for 2010. May it be a year of gigantic success for all of us, including our beloved rugby team!

The website had a spectacular year, we came close to a million hits just for the year, missing it by about 40k. Every year sees growth, so I'm confident that we will reach that milestone in 2010!

Looking forward: The Super 14 kicks off in February, and our first match is against the Stormers, so hopefully we can kick this one off with a great victory over the Bergbokke!

The Currie Cup kicks off again in June, and hopefully we will see a huge improvement from our 6th place in the 2009 season.

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