Booze free Leopards to pounce

2011-07-11 22:00

Pieter Jordaan

Johannesburg - Booze or rugby glory. Make your pick.

That was the choice put to the Leopards players by their coach, Leon Boshoff, who does not believe there is place for alcohol in a professional player's career.

And, according to Boshoff, who took over the coaching reins from Chaka Willemse towards the end of last season, the players support his approach.

The former Western Transvaal and Lions hooker spoke about the approach on Thursday as he prepared his playing squad for the Currie Cup.

"I said that booze is out if you want to play professional rugby. End of story," said Boshoff.

"The guys rolled their eyes and said they would still like to braai a bit this week and drink some beer. I told them: "Guys, booze is out. You can drink again when you retire. You won't be here if you drink.

"If you want to play Super Rugby you have to make your mark inside three years or you are gone. You are in or out. We have brought that into our culture and the players have bought into it."

Residents of Potchefstroom have apparently told Boshoff that they only see the players consume cooldrink when they are in town.

"I couldn’t believe it. In Potchefstroom? It shows you something is starting to happen here. You have your entire life left to party if you really want to. Drink when you are finished playing, but give yourself the opportunity of making the best of your rugby career," said the coach.

Now the Leopards have to cope without beer. However, Boshoff believes there is enough talent in his squad to prevent a repeat of last season when the team finished at the bottom of the Currie Cup log.

A few players have come to the Leopards from bigger unions in the hope that they will get more game time.

"Flanker MB Lusaseni is very promising. I saw one game of his (for Griquas) against the Lions last year and immediately contracted him," said Boshoff.

"New No 8 Morné Hanekom will be an excellent link between forwards and backs, and then we have got Lions flank Renaldo Bothma. He was their find of the year and I can't believe that they let him go."

Centre Joubert Engelbrecht is also back in Potch after being part of the Lions' Super Rugby training squad.

"We have also got Charl Weideman as an inside centre. The two centres complement one another well and I think they could become a Jean de Villiers-Jaque Fourie combination," said Boshoff.

"Our new fullback, George Tossel, will also get people talking. He weighs 107kg and is good under the high ball.

"And don't forget about Brandon Snyman. He had 22 professional boxing bouts in the ring and I think he's the strongest lock in the country, even if he's a late developer," he said of the former Griquas player.
Boshoff’s list does not end there.

"We have the loosehead prop who will play in the next World Cup, BG Uys. You could certainly write about him."

Boshoff will be assisted by new backline coach Burger van der Westhuizen, who replaces DP Swart.

According to Boshoff, his team is aiming to finish at least sixth in the Currie Cup.


  • Bulldozer - 2011-07-11 22:25

    Ek sal die rugby nogal mis.

      Blougroen - 2011-07-11 23:35

      "Leopards coach Leon Boshoff has banned his players from drinking alcohol at any time while they are playing for him" Well before giving up your career let them first define what he means by "While they are playing for him" Does it mean that if the "play for each other" that they dont have to kick the habit ?

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-12 00:00

      What if they play 'with him'?

      MK - 2011-07-12 02:20

      "Guys if you want to Play Super Rugby" I do not recall seeing the Leopards in Super Rugby. Either he is coaching the wrong team or he must quit drinking. He has not been appointed by any Franchise to Coach or develope Super Rugby. He is a contender though, as top coaching jobs like the National Team Coach is a slightly bigger Clown currently.

      Paddy - 2011-07-12 03:42

      Waarvan is hy so dik...witbrood en jam vreet?Sies man n afrigter moenie so lyk nie.Amper soos Os en Proudfoot.Spul dikgatte met bierpense.

      Creeky - 2011-07-12 06:57

      Couple of KFC Barrels a day goes down well with a couple of Quarts! Look at his BEER BOEP!!!!! How the hell can he even run, let alone COACH! Any bets he CANNOT TIE HIS SHOELACES!!!! Works for "PLUMPY R US" when he is not coaching!!

      docraven - 2011-07-12 07:51

      and again the comments from the Bulls supporters are an embarrassment to the rest of S.A.Sorry to any expats or foreigners on this site.I Quote(bulldoser with both eyes pointing south)" Ek sal die rugby nogal miss".Beyond help!!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-12 09:53

      Ag ou mummford as jou ma maar net die drank gelos het toe sy met jou pregnant geraak het.

      PunkBuster - 2011-07-12 10:48

      MK - By the pic posted it seems he needs to stop eating as well. I think he's views on professional sportsman not being able to drink is absolute bollocks...

  • jock - 2011-07-11 22:30

    man you are going to have a hard time putting a squad together.No beer!

  • Skrappie - 2011-07-11 22:38

    Leon, how about you lose that ol' beer tummy of yours? Jokes aside, I think it's a great idea.side, I think it's a great idea.

  • patrick.moroney1 - 2011-07-11 22:50

    Bossie, ek hoop jy het n great seisoen. En sesde is moontlik. Net een "groot" unie moet val! Sterkte!

      evereadydude - 2011-07-12 08:18

      Na die 3 de groot pakslae in n ry, gaan hy wat Bossie is die ouens smeek om te gaan drink!!! Hy is belaglik, in SA sport sal dit noooiiit werk nie, wat doen n ou anders in potch as om te drink?

  • Doc - 2011-07-11 23:04

    Jeez dude ... never mind the booze .. you need to lay off the hamburgers !!!!!

  • sasa - 2011-07-12 02:33

    A real athlete would never drink or cheat on their diet. These guys should not have to be told not to drink. Alcohol is catabolic (reduces lean muscle). If you want to be a top athlete, you eat and drink to feed your body, never purely for enjoyment. If you want to be average and play some rugby, then have a few beers and a braai, and come last in the Currie Cup.

      kosie - 2011-07-12 09:19

      and after every bulls game you will find all the players in hatfield or somewhere in PTA pissing it up, and they come first every now and then. and after every sharks game, some of the sharks end up at 80's pissing it up, and they won the last 2 out of 3 currie cups. YOU KNOW NOTHING BRU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Paddy - 2011-07-12 03:43

    Waarmee gaan hul betaal word?

      Creeky - 2011-07-12 07:00


  • Hein - 2011-07-12 05:22

    Net eish niks anders nie? Jojojojoj Haw!!!! ;=()

  • MB1810 - 2011-07-12 07:54

    I absolutely agree with him, I wish some S15 franchises would take that point of view, then we wont have situations like the one where a Lions player was accused of sexual assault after a night of "celebrating".

  • Pohlkat - 2011-07-12 07:56

    Jeeez Boshoff ! When was the last time you could see your nob without a mirror. A couple of bees after the match around a braai is therapeutic for South Africans. You should re think your methods of busting into super rugby . Do you think Schulk has a nice lemon and water after his game?

      darkwing - 2011-07-12 08:46

      Yes, you can see that in the way old Schalk plays. Probably has daddy's wine before every match.

  • jk - 2011-07-12 08:12

    this rule\law within the structutes will make some guys do it skelm, if they treated like adults and have to be responsible. a beer now and then wont make or brake you. sport is like dandruff, you have it or you dont. bottom line

      MB1810 - 2011-07-12 08:49

      The biggest problem in SA rugby is that players don't approach rugby like a professional player should. There is this biltong, braai and beer attitude which surrounds it (which is perfectly fine when you're a fan), but when you're a player you are firstly expected to be in top physical condition and alchohol does not help. Secondly, you are a figure in the public eye and expected to act accordingly (in this case some people don't need alchohol to get themselves into trouble, but most unsavoury incidents can be linked to drinking). They should treat rugby like a job, when you are on standby the company you work for expects you not to drink over weekends, why can't a coach expect the same thing? You are right, the guys are adults, but they are also professional sports men and as such I don't think the decision to give up a drink or two will be a tough one. Afterall, if they are merely playing for the beer, the braai and the party, maybe they should get a day job and play club rugby for fun.

  • Fugly - 2011-07-12 08:20

    Looks like Mr. Boshoff has enjoyed a couple of double Wellington's and Cokes himself through his career?

      MB1810 - 2011-07-12 08:31

      Jip and look where that got him, hardly a name that will be remembered in 10 to 15 years for his abilities as a player, I've actually forgotten all about him until I read this article, perhaps he knows what he is talking about.

  • Brive - 2011-07-12 08:44

    Wel ons sal dan duidelik aan die resultate van die Currie-beker kan sien of hierdie teorie gewerk het of nie. Ek is seker dat dit nie is waar die probleem le nie meneer die afrigter. As jy die respek van jou spelers het en jy jou spelers respekteer sal dit nie nodig wees om sulke kinderagtige uitlatings te maak nie. Sulke stellings het die geneigdheid om terug te kom en 'n man in die gat te byt. Ek hoop jy's nie een van daai ouens nie Bossie!!

      The_Fox - 2011-07-12 16:09

      Well said Brive!

  • Marius Swart - 2011-07-12 09:05

    Kom ons gee die man n' kans en sien wat gebeur.Elke ou het sy metodes en vermoed ek hy kan sonder job wees die einde van die jaar as sy span nie goed doen nie.Sy grootste chalenge is om n' groep van 30 spelers bybekaar te hou en dan ook te sorg dat hulle nie drink die heel seisoen.Om rugby af te rig is nie grap.Sterkte

  • Sniper69 - 2011-07-12 09:26

    Leopards = Super rugby? Wahahahahahahahahaha. Hardloop manne voor hy julle career opf@k....Enjoy the game and the traditional beer afterwards! Dont let Boep Boshoff destroy the passion for you!!

  • PECurts - 2011-07-12 10:17

    What a joke! Does this not paint a picture about the type of players hes looking for..... "Our new fullback, George Tossel, will also get people talking. He weighs 107kg and is good under the high ball.” No mention of flair, creativity, vision or skill. Does he think rugby is a wrestling match?! Who cares that a player is an ex boxer, not everyone is Sonny Bill Williams! Archaic, old fashioned and stone age summed up in Leon Boshoff! Surely in a rugby mad country like this, we have enough other talented coaches to take up one of the top 8 coaching positions (Currie Cup 1st division). He is in control of selecting, scouting, managing and identifying a big talent pool in Potch! And I wonder if he is willing to abstain from his daily brandy or "Jack on the rox" as an example to his players because he definitely is not going to be joining them in the gym or on the fitness field judging from his picture! Dinosaur

  • PECurts - 2011-07-12 10:23

    What an absolute joke! Does this not paint a picture about the type of players hes looking for..... "Our new fullback, George Tossel, will also get people talking. He weighs 107kg and is good under the high ball.” No mention of flair, skill, creativity or vision! Obvisiously not important! And why even mention that a player is an ex boxer?! Not everyone is going to be Sonny Bill Williams! Does this dinosaur think rugby is a wrestling match won in the gym? Archaic, backward, stone age rugby is Leon Boshoff! Surely in a rugby mad country like this, we have enough other talented coaches to take up one of the top 8 coaching positions (Currie Cup 1st division). He is in control of selecting, scouting, managing and identifying a big talent pool in Potch! And judging by his picture he is obviosuly not going to be abstaining from his daily brandy or "jack on the rox". Doubt he will be joining the boys in the gym or on the paddock during fitness sessions...

  • The_Fox - 2011-07-12 16:03

    As ek so na Leon Boshoff kyk lyk hy vir my na 'n groot liefhebber van karate water..

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