Thursday, August 31, 2006

A Lions view

Hurter and Super Dave back -


Sean Robson


The forgotten Springboks Marius Hurter and Dave von Hoesselin are on the Lions bench for their match-up with the Cheetahs at Ellis Park on Friday night.

Strongman Hurter comes in for Lawrence Sephaka who has once again been pulled into the Springbok set-up while ‘Super Dave’ gets his chance with Nick Eyre suffering a severe case of the flu.

Both players are seasoned campaigners who if anything have not seen enough game time this year. Lions coach Eugene Eloff has selected the same fifteen that defeated the Sharks in a nailbiter a fortnight ago but has since enjoyed a week off from the rigours of Currie Cup rugby.

Jaco van Schalkwyk continues at flyhalf with Enrico Januarie holding on to the number nine jersey while Jano Vermaak gets another week off. The home side currently occupy fifth place on the log and need to win all their remaining matches if they want to stand a chance of reaching the semi-finals.

The Lions have improved on almost a weekly basis under Eloff’s tutorship and they are in with a very real chance of defeating the defending Currie Cup champs.

Lions: Earl Rose; Wylie Human, Jaco Pretorius, Doppies la Grange, Louis Ludik; Jaco van Schalkwyk, Enrico Januarie; Ernst Joubert, Wikus van Heerden ©, Baywatch Grobbelaar, Anton van Zyl, Varkhond Grobler, Bertus Smit, Ethienne Reynecke, Heinke van der Merwe. Reserves: James van der Walt, Marius Hurter, Franco van der Merwe, Roland Bernard, Dave von Hoesselin, Grant Esterhuizen, Mark Harris

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