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 Post subject: Lions 2019 SR thread
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:01 pm 
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Sign of SA rugby power-shift to coast?

Cape Town - Yes, you can almost hear the scorn from Johannesburg already.

The “hell’s bells, haven’t you learnt your lesson yet?” sort of sentiment.

But with the second Currie Cup final in a row on Saturday to be contested between the same foes - defending champions Western Province and the Sharks, at Newlands - there is at least some ammunition to justify reopening the debate about whether South African rugby power (as far as the bigger picture of Super Rugby 2019 is concerned) is slowly shifting back toward the coast.

And that could mean, frankly, either toward the chilly waters around Cape Town or the warmer ones in Durban ... or even both to a good degree.

Chortling Lions supporters, of course, have heard all this before: this writer isn’t the only rugby scribe seduced a few times before in recent years into the belief - later proved utterly foolhardy - that a better chance of success in the multinational SANZAAR competition, following completion of the previous year’s Currie Cup, might rest either at Newlands or Kings Park.

It is now three “dry” seasons in a row, if you include the current one, for the Golden Lions in terms of appearances in Currie Cup finals, after they last graced it in 2015 and (still under Johan Ackermann’s tutelage) deservedly beat WP 32-24 at Ellis Park.

But it hasn’t stopped them, subsequently, from being conspicuously South Africa’s most competitive side in Super Rugby, with gutsy participation in all three finals between 2016 and 2018.

So certainly for the last two years at very least, the situation appears to make a mockery of any belief that Currie Cup success is somehow needed to precede a strong follow-up showing in the next Super Rugby.

Indeed, with the time-honoured but now severely battered domestic competition having lost enormous amounts of its prior lustre, there’s a case for saying it is even less of a yardstick.

Or is it?

While the Currie Cup is overwhelmingly played nowadays minus the presence of the most “inner-circle” Springboks, the ongoing phenomenon of good-quality South African players at or around the peak of their playing potential being plucked away to the lure of foreign-club currency means, in many respects, that the home-staged event has actually gained in importance as a builder of depth and young talent to unleash on the bigger stage from February onwards in Super Rugby.

There are still a couple of months for beef-up possibilities on the player staffing front at Ellis Park, and the Lions will reinfuse early next year certain customers campaigning as usual, for example, in Japan or locked in Bok obligations (like blue-chip Malcolm Marx and Aphiwe Dyantyi) at present.

But rather than go one step further in 2019 by finally shedding their “silver medal” tag and winning the Super Rugby showpiece, I have a mounting suspicion that the Lions’ goose is now cooked - at least for the foreseeable future - both as potential finalists and as SA’s best team.

There are some fresh-faced customers with pleasing X-factor in their midst, but for all-important balancing purposes they are certainly going to feel the absence in 2019 of now-departed, crustier figures Jacques van Rooyen, Jaco Kriel, Franco Mostert (his UK deal admittedly not quite done and dusted), Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Ruan Dreyer.

Although third place in the single-round Currie Cup this year hasn’t been a train smash by any means, confirmation that a few of their next generation still have plenty to learn came, perhaps, in their defeats to the very sides now contesting Saturday’s final - the Lions leaked an ominous 65 points to visiting WP, and then a week later went down by a comprehensive 16 points to the Sharks in Durban.

In very general, but possibly far from insignificant terms, both coastal sides look increasingly as though they will be able to strike better balances between greenhorns and “hardebaarde” by the time Super Rugby 2019 comes along, as well as quite feasibly eclipse the Lions for second-tier strength whenever men in key positions go down injured.

Remember that there will be increased pressure, you can be sure, from the respective boardrooms for both the Sharks and Stormers to pull up their socks with some intent in the SANZAAR tournament after both punched disappointingly below most appropriate weight, arguably, in this year’s Super Rugby.

This is an early call, and again there will be great guffaws of mockery in the Big Smoke, but Saturday’s Currie Cup final, featuring quite a few of the personnel who will move onward to spearhead the respective Super Rugby assaults, may well be a harbinger to some extent of which of that specific pair of teams from our shores fares best in the bigger competition, just around the corner in later summer.

On the plus side, Lions fans, I was wrong once.

Er, twice.

OK, maybe even three times.

Flying largely in the face of statistical material again, I realise I may simply be setting myself up for a fatal fourth occasion of egg plastered all over face ...

*Between the current “big three” SA franchises/unions, here is a reminder of Currie Cup successes for the last three seasons, with subsequent Super Rugby campaigns the next year added on:

2015

CC finalists: Lions, WP. Champions: Lions. Next Super Rugby (2016): Lions losing finalists, and second overall in ordinary season (Stormers third, Sharks eighth)

2016

CC finalists: Cheetahs, Bulls. Champions: Cheetahs. Next Super Rugby (2017): Lions losing finalists, and first overall in ordinary season (Stormers third, Sharks eighth)

2017

CC finalists: Sharks, WP. Champions: WP. Next Super Rugby (2018): Lions losing finalists, and second overall in ordinary season (Sharks eighth, Stormers eleventh)

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/CurrieCup/final-sign-of-sa-rugby-power-shift-to-coast-20181025

Probably a good place to start, writing off the Lions for next year :)


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:04 pm 
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Officially confirmed for 2019 so far :
(I'm not sure which other players have existing contracts through 2019)
15 Andries Coetzee
14 Ruan Combrinck | Sylvian Mahuza | Madosh Tambwe
13 Lionel Mapoe
12 Harold Vorster
11 Aphiwe Dyantyi | Courtnall Skosan
10 Elton Jantjies | Shaun Reynolds
9 Ross Cronje | Dillon Smit | Nic Groom
8 Warren Whiteley | Len Massyn
7 Cyle Brink | Hacjivah Dayimani | Robert Kruger
6 Kwagga Smith | Marnus Schoeman
5 Marvin Orie | Rhyno Herbst
4 Stephan Lewies | Lourens Erasmus
3 Johannes Jonker | Jacobie Adriaanse | Carlu Sadie
2 Malcolm Marx | Jan-Henning Campher
1 Dylan Smith | Sti Sithole | Danie Mienie

Juniors confirmed so far:
Gianni Lombard
Wandisile Simelane
Tyrone Green
PJ Botha
PJ Steenkamp
Jack Hart
Manny Rass
Cohen Kiewit
Nathan Macbeth
Ruan Vermaak
Tiaan van der Merwe
Diaan Schoonees
Louritz van der Schyff

Coach: Swys de Bruin (rumours are that SARU is trying to contract him fulltime with the Boks)


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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The Lions Rugby Company have terminated the contracts of several players following discussions between them and the South African Rugby Players Association.

It is not yet known how many players’ contracts have come to an end, and whether they are senior or junior players.

The Lions announced on Friday that due to changes in the rugby industry – to reduce the number of professional players in the country in future – they’d been “involuntarily required to offer mutual severance packages to contracted players.”

The Lions furthermore said they’d been in communication with Sarpa, Sareo and the CEOs of the other franchises to determine the best way forward following changes in the competition structures, the rugby landscape and the increasing financial pressure placed on unions.

According to the statement released by the Lions on Friday, they had engaged with various players to conclude “a mutual separation and exiting agreement”.

General Manager of player affairs at Sarpa, Mandisi Tshonti said the decision to terminate the contracts of the players was in the best interests of the players and the union.

“With unions experiencing on-going stress determined by factors in the industry, we can expect more of these processes to follow in future,” said Tshonti.

“As representatives of the players we were informed of planned consultations with the players. From past experiences we have seen that if the process is followed correctly it will be beneficial for both parties but we will nonetheless stay close to the process and advise the players.”

Bart Schoeman, the high performance manager at the Lions, said: “The industry changes had forced a change in strategic planning. Processes have been forced to ensure sustainability and succession plans within the franchise.”

https://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/lions-terminate-players-contracts-due-to-industry-changes-17838795

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While the course of action obviously illustrates the massive financial challenges that local unions stare in the face, the Lions have arguably jumped the gun a bit.

In fact, the move is part of SA Rugby’s broader drive to reduced SA’s pool of professional players by 54% to 459 from a massive 989.

Such a number has become unsustainable.

The governing body wants this done by 2020, but it seems the Lions have – probably prudently – decided to bite the bullet early and be prepared for the new system in less than two years’ time.

https://citizen.co.za/sport/south-africa-sport/sa-rugby-sport/2034583/reality-bites-as-lions-lay-off-players/


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:29 pm 
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Lions Schedule:
Saturday 16 February Jaguares v Lions
Saturday 23 February Stormers v Lions
Saturday 2 March Lions v Bulls
Saturday 9 March Lions v Jaguares
Saturday 16 March Lions v Rebels
Saturday 23 March Sunwolves v Lions
Saturday 30 March Bye
Friday 5 April Lions v Sharks
Saturday 13 April Brumbies v Lions
Friday 19 April Chiefs v Lions
Friday 26 April Crusaders v Lions
Saturday 4 May Bye
Saturday 11 May Lions v Waratahs
Saturday 18 May Lions v Highlanders
Saturday 25 May Sharks v Lions
Saturday 1 June Lions v Stormers
Saturday 8 June Lions v Hurricanes
Saturday 15 June Bulls v Lions

Missing: Reds, Blues


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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Lions Rugby Company (Pty) Ltd is proud to announce the signing of a three year contract with The Skills Development Corporation (SDC).

They are an accredited learning institution specialising in Training and Learnership initiatives focused on the B-BBEE codes of good practice and proud winner of the 2018 Education Training & Skills Development award at the National Business Awards.

Edgar Rathbone, Managing Director of EPS (Pty) Ltd, welcomed SDC on board as the latest sponsor to the Lions Rugby Company, to be sported on the shoulder of the new Vodacom Super Rugby jersey for 2019.

“We are proud to be associated with SDC, a brand that has gone from strength to strength in the past few years. We know it will be a long and prosperous relationship”

The Skills Development Corporation (Pty) Ltd recognizes an obligation to raising the profile of education, training and skills development within South Africa. As an accredited training provider they endeavour to maintain the highest principles, core values and ethical standards in carrying out all their business activities, characteristic that the Lions can associate with.

“The decision to partner with the Lions Rugby Company was made out of the passion for the sport. The Lions’ path to success is very similar to that of SDC’s and we would like to be by their side every step of the way as they move closer and closer to the top spot in South African rugby,” said Daniel Gibhard, CEO of SDC.


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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Stephan Lewies (Sharks) to join the Lions on a short term contract for SR 2019

Andries Ferreira to pass fitness tests before his contract is renewed

Lourens Erasmus broke his ankle and could be out for the SR season


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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Stephan Lewies (Sharks) to join the Lions on a short term contract for SR 2019

Andries Ferreira to pass fitness tests before his contract is renewed

Lourens Erasmus broke his ankle and could be out for the SR season



Lions rather short on locks, no ?


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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Wilson's Toffee wrote:
Jensrsa wrote:
Stephan Lewies (Sharks) to join the Lions on a short term contract for SR 2019

Andries Ferreira to pass fitness tests before his contract is renewed

Lourens Erasmus broke his ankle and could be out for the SR season



Lions rather short on locks, no ?


With Ferreira and Erasmus potentially out we will be a bit thin on locks.

But we still have the best #5 in SA - Orie. And then some youngsters coming through

Front row is where our real problem is though with Dreyer and van Rooyen gone


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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Jensrsa wrote:
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Stephan Lewies (Sharks) to join the Lions on a short term contract for SR 2019

Andries Ferreira to pass fitness tests before his contract is renewed

Lourens Erasmus broke his ankle and could be out for the SR season



Lions rather short on locks, no ?


With Ferreira and Erasmus potentially out we will be a bit thin on locks.

But we still have the best #5 in SA - Orie. And then some youngsters coming through

Front row is where our real problem is though with Dreyer and van Rooyen gone


Eish. Frontrowers mature slower.
We are going to lose a helluva lot of good players to Europe and elsewhere ..


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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The Golden Lions Rugby Union is proud to announce that Stephen Meintjes has been co-opted as a deputy to the Executive Committee.

Meintjes is not a new face at the Lions. He started his career as a referee for the union in 1985. He was appointed as Chairman from 2002 to 2006 and was elected onto the Executive Committee in 2003 under the then president Jomo King.

He was appointed as Chairman of the SA Rugby Referees Association in 2002, re-elected in 2003 and served as Chairman until 2015.

GLRU President Neville Jardine said Meintjes brings a wealth of experience as a deputy given his solid finance and banking back-ground.

“The main focus of his duties will be finance, audits and risk management, as well as restoring and rejuvenating the referees’ portfolio while he will also assist with constitutional matters.

“We want to ensure the long-term sustainability of the GLRU and we believe, given Stephen’s vast experience that he can make us achieve this. I am confident that he will ensure that we are on the right path,” Jardine added.

Meintjes’ appointment is with immediate effect.


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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Not much depth it seems...a few injuries could cause some problems.


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Not much depth it seems...a few injuries could cause some problems.

Full squad hasn't been announced yet although the Lions are trimming their contracted players


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Lions 2019 Home and Away jerseys

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Carlu Sadie, a promising young Western Province and Stormers prop, is set to join the Lions as they prepare for next year’s Super Rugby competition.

According to Netwerk24, the 21-year-old will be loaned to the Lions.

Sadie, who is listed as at 1.80m and 124kg, was a Junior Springbok in 2016 and came through the Western Province junior system.

Meanwhile, the report added that Springbok lock Stephan Lewies will also be loaned from the Sharks.

It was reported earlier in the week that Lewies, currently playing for the Kamaishi Seawaves in Japan, will join the Lions in next year’s Super Rugby competition.

Lewies has been on the Sharks’ books since 2012 but his career has been blighted by injuries in recent times.

He featured in one Test for the Springboks - against Scotland in Port Elizabeth in 2014 - when he came off the bench to replace captain Victor Matfield in South Africa's 55-6 win.

Meanwhile, the Lions also signed former SA Schools hooker Jan-Henning Campher from the Bulls. He is the son of former Bulls prop Lourens Campher.

The Lions are believed to be in the process of negotiating a few more contracts.

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/promising-stormers-prop-loaned-to-lions-20181213


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Warm-up match

3 February 2019 @ 14:00 SAST
Lions v Sharks - Cape Town Stadium


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In

Danie Mienie (Toulouse)
Carlu Sadie (Stormers, loan)
Stefan Lewies (Sharks - 2019 SR seaason)

Out

Ruan Dreyer (Gloucester)
Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Sale Sharks)
Marco Jansen van Vuuren (sevens)
Jaco Kriel (Gloucester)
Franco Mostert (Gloucester)
Jacques van Rooyen (Bath)


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Warm-up match

3 February 2019 @ 14:00 SAST
Lions v Sharks - Cape Town Stadium

26 January @ 14:00
Bulls v Lions - Loftus


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Jensrsa wrote:
Wilson's Toffee wrote:
Jensrsa wrote:
Stephan Lewies (Sharks) to join the Lions on a short term contract for SR 2019

Andries Ferreira to pass fitness tests before his contract is renewed

Lourens Erasmus broke his ankle and could be out for the SR season



Lions rather short on locks, no ?


With Ferreira and Erasmus potentially out we will be a bit thin on locks.

But we still have the best #5 in SA - Orie. And then some youngsters coming through

Front row is where our real problem is though with Dreyer and van Rooyen gone

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Chilli wrote:
Jensrsa wrote:
Wilson's Toffee wrote:
Jensrsa wrote:
Stephan Lewies (Sharks) to join the Lions on a short term contract for SR 2019

Andries Ferreira to pass fitness tests before his contract is renewed

Lourens Erasmus broke his ankle and could be out for the SR season



Lions rather short on locks, no ?


With Ferreira and Erasmus potentially out we will be a bit thin on locks.

But we still have the best #5 in SA - Orie. And then some youngsters coming through

Front row is where our real problem is though with Dreyer and van Rooyen gone

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I thought that would get a reaction :)


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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Spanne gaan daarop uit wees om die Leeus vanjaar voorlangs te boelie in die Superrugby-reeks.

Só sê dié span se afrigter, Swys de Bruin.

Al het 18 van die 38 spelers in die Leeus se groep geen ervaring van Superrugby nie, skrik dit De Bruin nie af nie.

“Ons gaan hierdie seisoen baie staatmaak op van die jong spelers in ons groep, maar ek is nie bang om die jonges ’n kans te gee nie. Daar is baie talentvolle spelers wat net wag vir daardie kans om te wys wat in hulle steek,” sê hy.

De Bruin sê hy gaan ook nie vanjaar onnodige druk op sy spelers plaas deur daarop te hamer dat hulle hierdie die jaar moet maak waarin die Supertrofee ná drie kere as naaswenner verower moet word nie.

“Ons gaan net aangaan met dít wat ons spel kenmerk. Ons wil nog steeds drieë druk en ons ondersteuners vermaak met ons avontuurlustige spel.

“Ek wen eerder ’n wedstryd met 50-40 as wat ek dit met 10-9 wen,” sê hy in antwoord op die vraag wat hy gaan doen met die verdediging, wat verlede seisoen die groot probleem was.

Die verlies van staatmakers in die agttal soos Franco Mostert, Jaco Kriel, Ruan Dreyer en Jacques van Rooyen is gewis ’n terugslag vir die Leeus voorlangs en dit is hoekom hy glo spanne sal dit as ’n kwesplek beskou en ’n teiken van hul agttal maak.

“Agterlangs het ons eintlik net vir Rohan Janse van Rensburg verloor en het ons nog ’n baie goeie agterlyn met baie ervaring, maar ook jong outjies soos Wandisile Simelane, Manni Rass, Gianni Lombard en Tyrone Green wat deurkom. Dit gaan egter belangrik wees dat hulle die bal kry.”

Die Haaie-slot Stephan Lewies het as leenspeler by die Leeus ingeval en het vandeesweek die eerste keer saam met die span geoefen.

“Ek ken Stephan van sy junior dae by die Haaie toe ek ook nog daar was en hy is ’n uitstekende lynstaanman en vang die bal goed uit die lug uit. Hy het ander vaardighede as Franco (Mostert),” sê De Bruyn.

Hy het ook gepraat oor die vaskopstut Carlu Sadie, wat hulle in die Kaap gaan leen het.

“Hy was so derde of vierde in die ry by die Stormers en ek geniet dit om sulke ouens te gaan haal, wat by hul eie span agter in die ry staan. As jy die regte knoppies met hulle druk, kry jy die beste uit hulle uit. Carlo is gebou soos ’n yskas en ek wil graag sien wat hy kan doen,” sê De Bruyn.

Om vanjaar oorsee te gaan vir hul eerste wedstryd en daar in Buenos Aires teen die Jaguares iets te moet gaan doen wat hulle nog nooit kon regkry nie, sê De Bruyn dit is ’n vooruitsig wat hom opgewonde maak.

“Die Argentyne het verlede jaar baie gespeel as nasionale span ook en ek voel die beste tyd om hulle te pak is nou so vroeg in die seisoen, terwyl hulle nog aan die herstel is,” sê hy.

De Bruyn sê die flank Cyle Brink sal in Februarie weer beskikbaar wees ná ’n besering verlede jaar sy seisoen kortgeknip het, terwyl die vaskopstut Johannes Jonker ook eers in Maart oorweeg sal kan word.

https://www.netwerk24.com/Sport/Rugby/Super-Rugby/swys-leeus-se-jonges-gaan-teiken-wees-20190110

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Teams are set to bully the Lions this year in the Super Rugby series.

This is what the team's coach, Swys de Bruin, says.

Although 18 of the 38 players in the Lions' group have no experience of Super Rugby, it doesn't scare De Bruin.

"We are going to rely heavily on the young players in our group this season, but I'm not afraid to give the boys a chance. There are many talented players who are just waiting for that chance to show what is in them, ”he says.

De Bruin says he will not put unnecessary pressure on his players this year by hammering them to make this the year in which the Super Trophy must be won after three times as runner-up.

“We are just going to do that which characterizes our game. We still want to push tries and entertain our fans with our adventurous game.

"I rather win a match of 50-40 than I win with 10-9," he said in response to the question he was going to do with the defense, which was the big problem last season.

The loss of stalwarts in the pack such as Franco Mostert, Jaco Kriel, Ruan Dreyer and Jacques van Rooyen is certainly a setback for the Lions ahead and that is why he believes teams will regard it as a place of concern and a target of their pack make.

"In the back we actually only lost to Rohan Janse van Rensburg and we still have a very good backline with lots of experience, but also young guys like Wandisile Simelane, Manni Rass, Gianni Lombard and Tyrone Green who come through. However, it will be important that they get the ball. ”

Sharks lock Stephan Lewies has been in the lions' role as a playmaker and has been training with the team for the first time this week.

"I know Stephan of his junior days at the Sharks when I was there and he is an excellent lineout man and catches the ball out of the air. He has other skills than Franco (Mostert), ”says De Bruyn.

He also talked about tighthead prop Carlu Sadie, who was going to lend them to the Cape.

"He was third or fourth in the row at the Stormers and I enjoy fetching such guys from their own team at the back of the row. If you press the right buttons with them, you get the best out of them. Carlo is built like a fridge and I want to see what he can do, ”says De Bruyn.

Going abroad for their first game this year and having to do something in Buenos Aires against the Jaguares that they have never been able to do right now, De Bruyn says it is a prospect that excites him.

"The Argentines played a lot as national team last year and I feel the best time to pack them is so early in the season, while they are still recovering," he says.

De Bruyn says flank Cyle Brink will be available again in February after an injury last year's cut, while tighthead prop Johannes Jonker will only be considered in March.


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This is our year Jens. I feel it in me bones


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No so sure. I feel a number of the senior players have plateaued out and will probably leave the Lions after this season. Swys will look to blood the youngsters this year to prepare them for next season and we may see a number of "experimental" match 23s. Also, our front row was weak during the CC and our scrums may be an issue this season

We need to improve our defence but that doesn't seem to be a priority for Swys. He recently said "I'd rather win by 50-40 than by 10-9". This approach cost us in 2018


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Swys de Bruin confirmed there are ongoing negotiations to get hime to the Boks fulltime

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Die Leeus se afrigter, Swys de Bruin, erken daar is onderhandelinge om hom in die aanloop tot die Wêreldbekertoernooi heeltyds by die Springbokke se bestuurspan in te skakel, maar sê sy aandag is “100%” by sy trop in die Goudstad.

https://www.netwerk24.com/Sport/Rugby/swys-my-aandag-by-leeus-ondanks-bokke-20190113


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:46 pm 
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kak photoshopping....they all look out of proportion, Junktjies looks more muscular than Marx........Not toooooooooo bad a jumper........


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:11 am 
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Lions extended squad listed on the SANZAAR website

Fullback: Andries Coetzee (28), Gianni Lombard (20), Sylvian Mahuza (25), Morne van den Berg (21)

Wing: Aphiwe Dyantyi (24), Courtnall Skosan (27), Michael Tambwe (21), Ruan Combrinck (28), Tyrone Green (20)

Centre: Harold Vorster (25), Jan-Louis La Grange (21), Lionel Mapoe (30), Louritz van der Schyff (20), Manuel Rass (20), Wandisile Simelane (20)

Flyhalf: Eddie Fouche (21), Elton Jantjies (28), Shaun Reynolds (23)

Scrumhalf: Bradley Thain (21), Dillon Smit (26), Nic Groom (28), Ross Cronje (29), Wayne van der Bank (22)

Loose forward: Cyle Brink (25), Hacjivah Dayimani (21), James Venter (22), Jo-Hanco de Villiers (22), Kwagga Smith (25), Len Massyn (21), Marnus Schoeman (29), PJ Steenkamp (21), Robert Kruger (30), Vincent Tshituka (20), Warren Whiteley (30)

Lock: Marvin Orie (25), Reinhard Nothnagel (21), Rhyno Herbst (22), Ruan Vermaak (20), Stephan Lewies (26), Andries Ferreira ? (28)

Prop: Carlu Sadie (21), Chergin Fillies (21), Danie Mienie (27), Dylan Smith (24), Jacobie Adriaanse (33), Johannes Jonker (24), Nathan McBeth (20), Sithembiso Sithole (25), Frans van Wyk ? (23)

Hooker: Jan-Henning Campher (22), Malcolm Marx (24), Pieter Jansen (23), Robbie Coetzee (29)

https://sanzarrugby.com/superrugby/teams/?competition=205&season=2019&team=63


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:59 am 
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Jensrsa wrote:
Lions extended squad listed on the SANZAAR website

Fullback: Andries Coetzee (28), Gianni Lombard (20), Sylvian Mahuza (25), Morne van den Berg (21)

Wing: Aphiwe Dyantyi (24), Courtnall Skosan (27), Michael Tambwe (21), Ruan Combrinck (28), Tyrone Green (20)

Centre: Harold Vorster (25), Jan-Louis La Grange (21), Lionel Mapoe (30), Louritz van der Schyff (20), Manuel Rass (20), Wandisile Simelane (20)

Flyhalf: Eddie Fouche (21), Elton Jantjies (28), Shaun Reynolds (23)

Scrumhalf: Bradley Thain (21), Dillon Smit (26), Nic Groom (28), Ross Cronje (29), Wayne van der Bank (22)

Loose forward: Cyle Brink (25), Hacjivah Dayimani (21), James Venter (22), Jo-Hanco de Villiers (22), Kwagga Smith (25), Len Massyn (21), Marnus Schoeman (29), PJ Steenkamp (21), Robert Kruger (30), Vincent Tshituka (20), Warren Whiteley (30)

Lock: Lourens Erasmus (25), Marvin Orie (25), Reinhard Nothnagel (21), Rhyno Herbst (22), Ruan Vermaak (20), Stephan Lewies (26)

Prop: Carlu Sadie (21), Chergin Fillies (21), Danie Mienie (27), Dylan Smith (24), Jacobie Adriaanse (33), Johannes Jonker (24), Nathan McBeth (20), Sithembiso Sithole (25)

Hooker: Jan-Henning Campher (22), Malcolm Marx (24), Pieter Jansen (23), Robbie Coetzee (29)

https://sanzarrugby.com/superrugby/teams/?competition=205&season=2019&team=63

Not the best locks, but otherwise a very good squad.


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:17 am 
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Some talented youngsters in the Lions squad.


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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OomPB wrote:
Some talented youngsters in the Lions squad.

Swys has to start phasing out players like Coetzee, Combrink and Mapoe. They have peaked out. And he needs to develop a back-up for Jantjies


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:36 am 
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OomPB wrote:
Some talented youngsters in the Lions squad.


Agreed. In a year or two that is going to be a potent squad. Only "weakness" is if one or two of the better locks are injured, they may be a little light in that department. Otherwise a nice balanced squad with some game breakers.


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:54 am 
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While the Lions will go into this year’s Super Rugby competition a fairly settled side, coach Swys de Bruin will have to find a new lock combination following the departure of stalwart Franco Mostert and the unavailability of Lourens Erasmus.

Mostert, the 28-times capped Springbok lock, has joined former Lions coach Johan Ackermann at Gloucester in England, while the promising Erasmus will miss the entire Super Rugby campaign after breaking his ankle while playing for the Red Hurricanes in the Japanese league last October.

Erasmus was set to step up in the absence of Mostert this season, having played 45 Super Rugby games for the Lions, but De Bruin will now have to look elsewhere for someone to take over from Mostert. But finding a replacement for the hard-grafting Mostert won’t be easy.

The Boks lock’s work rate for the Lions was higher than any other’s in the team last year, with his high tackle count being among the best in the competition.

De Bruin confirmed new signing from the Sharks, Stephan Lewies, and Lions regulars Andries Ferreira, Rhyno Herbst, Marvin Orie and Ruan Vermaak will be his lock options this season.

A fit-again Ferreira and Orie, who became a Springbok in 2018, look set to be the go-to men for the Lions. Herbst though will push them hard for a look-in after his exploits in the Currie Cup, while Lewies will bring plenty of experience to the tight-five.

https://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/super-rugby/the-one-position-coach-swys-has-not-locked-up-18836372


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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Die 23-jarige vaskopstut Frans van Wyk het Donderdagoggend teruggekeer na die Unie waar hy as ‘n skoolseun naam gemaak het.
Die voormalige SA Onder-vaskop sluit hom weer by die Leeus aan nadat hy pas na sy skoolloopbaan by Monument Kaap toe verhuis het.

Van Wyk, wie die skaal op meer as 120 kilogram trek, het die Westelike Provinsie en die Bulls reeds in SupaRugby verteenwoordig.

Hy en die jong Carlu Sadie gee aan die Leeus broodnodige diepte op vaskop.

Met Johannes Jonker en Jacobie Adriaanse ook steeds beskikbaar is die Leeus se toekoms rooskleurig in die posisie.

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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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The Lions will start the campaign with lock Lourens Erasmus and flankers Cyle Brink and Len Massyn returning to fitness at various stages in the season.

“Lourens has a long-term injury‚” said the strapping doctor.

“He has a fractured tibia‚ fibula with ankle involvement so that’s six months to nine months from the time of the injury. He should be back June‚ July really.

“Cyle who is recovering from a knee injury‚ is on track for the second or third Super Rugby game‚ while Len also has a shoulder injury is probably going to be back in April‚” said Dr Collins.

The prognosis elsewhere‚ however‚ is a little rosier. Captain and No 8 Warren Whiteley‚ who has a strain of his calf‚ is almost ready to go.

“I would imagine he is almost ready to get back onto field next week‚” said Dr Collins.

Prop Dylan Smith‚ who had a shoulder op last year‚ is expected to get back into full training next week‚ while scrumhalf Ross Cronje‚ who also had a shoulder op‚ should be ready for the first Super Rugby match.

Dr Collins said centre Lionel Mapoe had a groin operation but should be ready for the first Super Rugby game‚ while lock Andries Ferreira is over his foot injury.

Wings Sylvian Mahuza and Madosh Tambwe‚ who were also nursing niggles‚ are almost ready for full training.

https://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/rugby/2019-01-18-schedule-and-not-enough-recovery-fills-lions-casualty-ward/


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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I hope that the Lions can do better with Lewies than the Sharks managed. He always looked so close to being a great player.


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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I hope that the Lions can do better with Lewies than the Sharks managed. He always looked so close to being a great player.

He's younger than I thought. Turns 27 in a week's time


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:17 am 
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What's with the avatar change Jens?


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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Tehui wrote:
What's with the avatar change Jens?

Lions playing their derbies in Superman jerseys :) Updated it now

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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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I hope that Kyle Brink returns to form. He is a class player. Doesn't need to only rely on fantastic leg drive.


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 Post subject: Re: Lions 2019 SR thread
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Jensrsa wrote:
Tehui wrote:
What's with the avatar change Jens?

Lions playing their derbies in Superman jerseys :) Updated it now


I see, I missed the news item about this. Just when I thought I had seen everything.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/sup ... s-for-2019

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The Bulls will feature the colours of Captain America, the Lions are aligned to Spider-Man, the Sharks' kit will be inspired by Black Panther and the Stormers will be wearing Thor's colours.


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