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Lions to play ‘B’ Team against Sharks

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The Super 14 Lions have selected what is evidently their B-side to start in Wednesday night’s warm-up match against the Sharks in Durban.


Three players, captain Ernest Joubert, fellow loose forward Willem Alberts and lock Anton van Zyl, were not considered for the team because of injury.


Former SA A Under-21 lock Gerhard Mostert, who missed most of last season because of injury, will also miss the Sharks encounter because of illness. Eloff is confident that Joubert and Alberts will be ready for the first Super 14 match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on February 16.


Alberts has a knee injury, while Joubert has some pain from a bruised back. Van Zyl, who has been struggling with a neck niggle since late last season, should also be fit for the fist match, but will have had no match practice.


Coach Eugene Eloff reiterated the team’s goal of finishing in the top seven of the 2008 Super 14.


“I’m very pleased with the way the match against the Bulls went,” he emphasised. “I’m very excited about the form of most of the players and especially our fitness.”

 

The match against the Bulls, he pointed out, was lost in the last few minutes when the Lions had their reserves on the field.

“This time, the A-squad will get only 20 minutes on the field towards the end. I’m giving the other guys a full run and a chance to show their form.”


Eloff said that the final squad for the Super 14 competition will be announced on Thursday.


Lions:


Michael Killian, Wigan Pekeur, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Thabang Molefe, Heini Gordon, Earl Rose, Chris Jonck, RW Kember, Franco van der Merwe, Wilhelm Koch, Willem Stoltz, Cobus Grobler, Ross Geldenhuys, Gavin Williamson, JC Janse van Rensburg.


Reserves: Heinke van der Merwe, Ashton Constant, Eugene Maqwelena, Alten Hulme, Gerhard Mostert (sick), Roland Bernard, Cobus Grobbelaar, Jano Vermaak, Louis Strydom, Rayno Benjamin, Walter Venter, Doppies la Grange, Jaco Pretorius, Dusty Noble, Louis Ludik


Sapa – Super14.com  

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