Lions pay tribute to 'Baywatch'

2012-10-16 16:04

Johannesburg - The Currie Cup semi-final between the Golden Lions and Western Province at Coca-Cola Park will be a benefit game for retiring Lions flank Cobus "Baywatch" Grobbelaar.

According to the Lions' website, Grobbelaar, 31, will get a percentage of the gate takings after he announced he will retire at the end of this season.

"Baywatch", as he's more popularly known amongst his team-mates, has played 112 matches for the Golden Lions, as well as 70 Super Rugby matches for the Lions and 24 for the Cats.

He burst onto the senior scene in 2003 when he played Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup rugby for the Golden Lions. In 2004 his game had matured enough and he gave his first steps in Super Rugby, playing for the Cats - a combined team of the Lions and Cheetahs. He played well enough in that year’s Super 12 campaign to be included in the SA ‘A’ side for the outgoing tour to America.

His highlights over the years are many. "But my first Currie Cup match for the Golden Lions, and last year's winning of the Currie Cup, are the outstanding highlights," he said.

While he appreciates the benefit from the union, the best farewell present for Grobbelaar would undoubtedly be the successful defence of their Currie Cup title.

The semi-final clash against WP kicks off at 19:00.


Golden Lions:

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach/ Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain).

Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 CJ van der Linde/Pat Cilliers, 18 Hendrik Roodt, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Butch James, 22 Deon Helberg

Western Province:



  • sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-16 16:08

    Been a great player and captain for the Lions. Hope we can get a victory for his benefit match!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-16 16:54

      Me too, anything to see the WP choke

      macziekpk - 2012-10-16 18:32

      BTW who is Baywatch? The only Lions player I know of is Neil McKenzie

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-16 18:43

      I am sure the Lions will

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-16 16:08

    Great player and will be missed next year. It's a pity that in his prime we had management problems that always manifested on the field, he could have been awesome if it was not for that! GO LIONS!!! Keep the cup in JHB and win this one for Baywatch !!!

  • riaan.spamers - 2012-10-16 16:12

    Fairwell Baywatch!!! All the best for the future!

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-16 16:13

    Pauperize the backstabbing ,hillbillies

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 16:20

    One of the few guys who started and ended his career at one province!!! Good luck for the future!!!!

  • deon.bruintjies - 2012-10-16 16:28

    Jy wiet sieke jy gaan lang trane stort in jou laaste match! Hoe sê die wit mense: "WP skop gat die naweek"

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-16 18:41

      Jy wiet die Lions kan terug gat skop deon

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 19:09

      Soos laasjaar?

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-16 16:32

    An unsung hero playing his benefit in SA's greatest rugby stadium.(and i'm a Sharks supporter saying that)

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-16 16:44

      you are truly a noble man. (a shark supporter saying that) wa wa wee wa

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 16:54

      They not playing at Loftus.

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-16 16:58

      Hey lekker, it's Jimmy's killer comments!!

  • timothy.vanas - 2012-10-16 16:39

    What an awesome player. True Jaco he is one of the only players who started with a union and finished in the same union. Kobus show WP a thing or two. You will be greatly missed.

  • terry.burne - 2012-10-16 17:04

    He has been a great servant of Lions rugby - and I wish him well in his retirement. Unfortunately, so many of these "final tribute" games where a great servant retires in a big game, end up going wrong for that team - I hope it doesn't happen for the Lions on Saturday. I would like to see a Lions vs Sharks final - they have been the two best teams in the Currie Cup and deserve to meet in the final.

  • kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 17:20

    Walk in the park for the Lions, they are playing a 11yr cupless team. Also known as the JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY (or is it CHOKERS?)

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-16 17:28


      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-16 17:46

      \Almal kry die voorreg om onnosel te wees, net jammer party maak misbruik daarvan.\

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-16 18:38

      stephen, did you just wake up?, thats a big yawn

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 19:04

      I know stevie, these WP stats are EXTREMELY boring!! I mean how does a team go 11yr without a cup? Absolutely pathetic

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-16 19:06

      @kaptein retard, I agree you are pathetic.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 19:28

      I've heard of 3 or 4 even 6 or 7 years, but 11 years? Worst in the history of world sport

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-17 01:35

      ...losers... ..chokers... ...cupless... ...Enough said... .......Bhwa ha ha ha ha ha..!!

  • tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-16 17:42

    Wys daai chokers jy moes n Springbok gewees het!

      matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-10-16 18:17

      I wish I could like this comment a thousand times!

  • dirkjohannes - 2012-10-16 17:54

    Was altyd n baie goeie speler, maar ek glo nie dit gaan die Leeus veel help nie. Hier kom n GROOT pakslae vir die Leeus. WP - Sharks final. Tata pienkes

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 19:06

      @dirkie Kom su!g my Dirkie. Is dit 9 of 10 kenne wat ek daar tel?

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-16 20:11

      O ou Stomp Spies. Die dat jou spannetjie pienk af en toe dra is nie goed vir jou nie. Het hulle jou aangesteek dat jy nou ook vir die ander span speel. Gaan suig vir ou Steyntjie miskien skop hy beter. WP - Sharks final!!!

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 22:23

      @dirkie Ken jy 'n PK oubaas se honne?

  • phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-10-16 20:47

    Farewell to one of the even more beautiful game's foremost and great warriors, and 'never-say-die' captains. All's the pity a gap never opened for him just once to don the Green and Gold - goodness knows he is surely deserving of such an (freely bestowed upon countless lesser mortals) honour. Sad about the result of Saturday's game, however - even the powers know that this will be the last throw to share the gate with him...

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 23:07

      @phillip What do u mean FF? Lions will play the Bulls in the final. Surely they won't take the Bulls but Cobus has 2 more games.

  • Jacques - 2012-10-16 23:01

    What a giant of the Lions union, argubly the best player we ever had not to play for the Boks. Thanks for te memories, Baywatch! From a Bulls fan

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 23:05

      Net nie in trane uitbars nie asseblief

  • juan.nel.16 - 2012-10-17 13:48

    Kom Leeutjies gaan eet daai blommetjies Saterdag!!!!! wp jou ma..........

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