Round 2: Lions v Highlanders

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by Dumbo, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Last week’s losers to the Waratahs take on last week’s winners against the Force in Jo’berg.
    Sad days for the Highlanders with both fly half Nick Evans and winger Vilame Waqaseduadua both out with injuries.
    Have not heard as yet what the injury toll is for the Lions.

    I’m going for the Lions in this one as they were not outclassed by the Waratahs last week, the Highlanders have had bugger all time to recover from a physical game against the Force (not just the players but the weather was pretty hot to play a game of rugby). The Highlanders are without (regardless of missing 2/3 of a class front row) are still without Evans. Callum Bruce has really stepped up but still this is still early days for the youngster.
    Also their midfield is pretty young but managed to hold their own against the Force’s backline and time will do them well.

    If the Highlanders are going to win this then they need to put in a bigger ‘team’ effort than last week.
    Just don’t think they can do it.
     
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  3. Juggernaut

    Juggernaut Guest

    This is shaping out to be another dull game with very low scoring from both sides.
     
  4. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Head to Head:
    Lions:
    1 – Heinke van der Merwe
    2 – Willie Wepener
    3 – Brian Mujati
    4 – Cobus Grobler
    5 – Anton van Zyl
    6 – Cobus Grobbelaar
    7 – Ernst Joubert (captain)
    8 – Willem Alberts
    9 – Janno Vermaak
    10 – Louis Strydom
    11 – Jaco Pretorius
    12 – Doppies la Grange
    13 – Jaque Fourie
    14 – Wylie Human
    15 – Louis Ludik.
    Reserves:
    16 – Ethienne Reynecke
    17 – Bertus Smit
    18 – Gordon Gilfillan
    19 – Franco van der Merwe
    20 – Ricky Januarie
    21 – Earl Rose
    22 – Jaco van Schalkwyk.

    Highlanders:
    1 – Chris King
    2 – Jason MacDonald
    3 – Clarke Dermody
    4 – Kane Thompson
    5 – James Ryan
    6 – Hoani MacDonald
    7 – Josh Blackie (captain)
    8 – Craig Newby
    9 – Jimmy Cowan
    10 – Callum Bruce
    11 – Viliame Waqaseduadua
    12 – Jason Kawau
    13 – Matt Saunders
    14 – Lucky Mulipola
    15 – Craig Clare.
    Reserves:
    16 – David Hall
    17 – Jamie Mackintosh
    18 – Ezra Taylor
    19 – Alando Soakai
    20 – Toby Morland
    21 – Charlie Hore
    22 – Greg Zampach.
     
  5. Juggernaut

    Juggernaut Guest

    I think Vili Waqaseduadua is out injured.
     
  6. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Yeah me to, think someone got it wrong.
     
  7. esoj

    esoj Guest

    here is the real highlanders line-up

    Highlanders: 15. Craig Clare, 14. Lucky Mulipola, 13. Matthew Saunders, 12. Jason Kawau, 11. Greg Zampach, 10. Callum Bruce, 9. Jimmy Cowan, 8. Craig Newby, 7. Josh Blackie (capt), 6. Hoani MacDonald, 5. James Ryan, 4. Felipo Levi, 3. Clarke Dermody, 2. Jason Macdonald, 1. Chris King. Res: 16. David Hall, 17. Keith Cameron, 18. Erza Taylor, 19. Alando Soakai, 20. Toby Morland, 21. Charlie Hore, 22. Willie Rickards.
     
  8. BokMagic

    BokMagic Guest

    Although I reckon that this is a much-improved Lions team vs. last year`s Cats joke, with a much better coach thrown into the mix, they still have precious little experience, and without Pretorius to land the 78-minute penalty to win the game by 1, I`ll tip the Highlanders to win a close-fought game by 2.

    In the Lion`s favour is altitude, plus the weary legs from the long flight and very little recovery time for the Highlanders. If this very young Lions side can keep their composure, they might just spring a surprise, but I doubt it.
     
  9. BokMagic

    BokMagic Guest

    Oh me of little faith- Cobus "Varkhond" Grobbelaar looked like one of the form SA locks in week 2, as did Cobus "Baywatch" Grobler, the blindside flanker.

    I reckon the Highlanders were caught off-guard by the altitude, jet-lag and a seriously commited Lions side. Not the stuff of legend by either team, but a win is a win. Congrats to the Lions, and to Dumbo for calling it spot-on.
     
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