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    Lions youngster keen to make impact

    2015-02-27 14:04

    Johannesburg - Lions inside centre Harold Vorster is excited to make his Super Rugby debut this weekend.

    From the humble beginnings at the Frans du Toit High School in Phalaborwa, Vorster has made impressive strides in South African rugby in recent years.

    He represented Limpopo at Under-13, Under-16 and Under-18 age-group levels, and did enough to earn a contract with the Lions after school in 2012. After excelling as a junior player at the Johannesburg-based union, he made a strong statement during the 2014 Currie Cup, making a notable impact at senior level.

    His consistent performances and good form was rewarded with a contract extension until 2016. More good news followed as he was named in the No 12 jersey for the Lions’ Super Rugby derby against the Stormers in Johannesburg on Saturday.

    “I’m very happy with all the good news. I’ve been working hard and I’m glad my efforts got noticed,” Vorster told

    “It’s been a big step-up playing at senior level, but I feel I’ve made a good adjustment. The pace is a lot quicker and the game is really physical, but it’s a nice challenge.

    “I can’t wait to make my Super Rugby debut. It was one of my main goals this season. I’m also happy to get the contract extension. I’m very happy and at home here at the Lions.”

    Vorster added that he’s excited to combine with centre partner Lionel Mapoe in the midfield.

    “I enjoy playing next to Lionel. We combined well during the Currie Cup, making a good impact on attack and defence. I’m looking forward to continuing that partnership against the Stormers this weekend.”

    The Lions go into their match against the Stormers on the back of successive defeats (against the Hurricanes and Sharks). However, Vorster stressed the players are still upbeat about the season ahead.

    “Our heads are still up. We are keeping positive,” said Vorster. “The vibe in the team is still great. We just need to build on our momentum and stick to our game plan. If we can play the type of attacking rugby we displayed last year, we will return to winning ways soon enough. The belief is there.”

    From a personal perspective, Vorster is focused on continuing his progress at the Lions.

    “Looking ahead, I will take things day by day and step by step. If I can perform well for the Lions consistently this season, more reward will come my way.”



    15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Harold Vorster, 11. Sampie Mastriet, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Martin Muller, 4. Franco Mostert, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Schalk van der Merwe

    Substitutes: 16. Armand van der Merwe, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Robert Kruger, 20. Derick Minnie, 21. Ross Cronje, 22. Jaco van der Walt, 23. Howard Mnisi


    15. Cheslin Kolbe, 14. Johnny Kotze, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Dillyn Leyds, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Jurie van Vuuren, 3. Vincent Koch, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Steven Kitshoff

    Substitutes: 16. Scarra Ntubeni, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. Frans Malherbe, 19. Manuel Carizza, 20. Siya Kolisi, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Huw Jones

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