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Lions 26, Reds 41

The Lions are still winless in the competition and now find themselves propping up the rest of the table thanks to the Western Force recording their first win of the campaign last weekend.

Jan de Koning – Rugby365

The Lions have been boosted by the return of Springbok flank Wikus van Heerden who left Guinness Premiership club Saracens to link up with his struggling former team mid-season.

While Van Heerden is an outstanding player and adds value to any side he plays in, the one area where the Lions haven’t looked too bad this season has been the back row consisting of Cobus ‘Baywatch’ Grobbelaar, Todd Clever and Derick Minnie. All other departments of the team are far more in need of attention and reinforcements.

Following a bye last week the Lions will hope that home ground advantage can assist them in getting a win against all the odds.

Speaking to rugby365.com upon his return home, the Bok flanker Van Heerden said: “I did not come here to retire and collect a pension cheque.

“I am here to play my best rugby. There is the goal of [being involved in] the World Cup.

“The only way that will happen is if the Lions perform well. That is why I say it is important for me to perform well with the Lions.”

The Reds are on the other hand are having one of their best Super 14 seasons in years and are the side everyone is talking about.

Coach Ewen McKenzie has turning the Reds fortunes around this season and they now have a strong shout at reaching the semifinals and are currently in fifth spot with four wins and three losses.

The halfbacks Will Genia and Quade Cooper look more and more like Wallaby material every week and will look to run the show again on Saturday when they come up against Lions paring of Jano Vermaak and veteran All Black Carlos Spencer.

“The evidence is we are playing a team that moves the ball. They play a physical brand of rugby but they move the ball a lot, so mobility is key,” McKenzie said.

Super 14 results:
2009: Lions won 31-20 (Brisbane)
2008: Match drawn 24-24 (Johannesburg)
2007: Lions won 26-20 (Brisbane)
2006: Reds won 23-16 (Johannesburg)
2005: Reds won 21-15 (Brisbane)

rugby365.com Prediction: While common sense would suggest that the Reds will show their class and walk all over the Lions, it is easy to be complacent against a bottom placed side and the Lions will be sick and tired of losing. Even so it will take something special and an inspired performance to change the Lions’ fortunes – Reds by less than 8.

Teams

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.

Reds: 15 Peter Hynes, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Will Chambers, 12 Anthony Faingaa, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (captain), 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Van Humphries, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Ben Daley.
Replacements: 16 Sean Hardman, 17 Greg Holmes, 18 Ezra Taylor, 19 Jake Schatz, 20 Ben Lucas, 21 Ben Tapuai, 22 Luke Morahan.

Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Christie du Preez (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Christie du Preez (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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18 Comments

  1. avatar

    Deon

    April 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    GO REDS!!!!

    ReplyReply
  2. DavidS

    DavidS

    April 10, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Ciao bitches

    ReplyReply
  3. avatar

    JT

    April 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I think the lions is going to spring a surprise on the reds tonight!

    ReplyReply
  4. avatar

    cab

    April 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Reply to Deon @ 2:47 pm:
    ja jou bliksemse verraier, en ek is die ‘liberaal’?

    ReplyReply
  5. avatar

    bryce_in_oz

    April 10, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Reply to JT @ 5:22 pm:

    Hope so… would be great with Rose out of the picture…

    ReplyReply
  6. avatar

    manvanstaal

    April 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Nee o jirre. Hoe kak kan mens nou speel. :censored:

    ReplyReply
  7. avatar

    manvanstaal

    April 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Go Lions. :support:

    ReplyReply
  8. avatar

    manvanstaal

    April 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    :poop: :poop: :poop: :poop: :poop: :poop:

    ReplyReply
  9. avatar

    manvanstaal

    April 10, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Nee wat dankie. Ek het beter dinge om te doen.

    ReplyReply
  10. avatar

    JT

    April 10, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    BP after 16min :cuckoo:

    I am watching real rugby now in the HC!!

    ciao!

    ReplyReply
  11. avatar

    Boertjie

    April 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    BP try after 17 minutes.
    :muahaha:
    :realangry:

    ReplyReply
  12. avatar

    PietPloos

    April 10, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Ek dink die Spenser is op die Reds se payroll – die week…

    ReplyReply
  13. avatar

    cab

    April 10, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    yessus what a load of kak, hopeless.

    ReplyReply
  14. avatar

    PietPloos

    April 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Kanaal 231:

    !993 – Currie Cup Final – Xerox Transvaal vs Spoornet Natal..

    Selfs dit is beter!!!

    ReplyReply
  15. avatar

    Boertjie

    April 10, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Reply to PietPloos @ 7:50 pm:

    Ek dink die Rising Sunsets
    sal die Reds ‘n beter go
    gee.

    ReplyReply
  16. avatar

    Boertjie

    April 10, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Well, in the end the Lions
    weren’t quite so bad.
    Just bad defence, and a
    man called Quade Cooper
    to take advantage.

    ReplyReply
  17. avatar

    Minora

    April 10, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Wat ‘n pot snot!!!

    S W A K ! ! ! !

    Oom Boer – Rose Coloured glasses (sic)?

    ReplyReply
  18. avatar

    Boertjie

    April 10, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Reply to Minora @ 9:30 pm:

    Nee, maar darem nie so ver
    soos die Cheetahs verloor
    nie. En ‘n BP gekry.

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