Former Bok to take on Lions

2012-03-07 09:42

Cape Town - Former Springbok flyhalf André Pretorius will play his first Vodacom Cup match for the Leopards when they take on his former team, the Golden Lions in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

The 34-year-old is back from France where he played since leaving the Lions at the end of last year's Super Rugby competition.

Pretorius, who will start at flyhalf on Saturday, is expected to finish his career with the Leopards.

He played 31 Test for South Africa, has 51 caps for the Golden Lions and 58 Super Rugby appearances (for the Cats, Lions and Western Force).

His halfback partner will be the 25-year-old Eugené Jantjies, who represented Namibia in last year's World Cup in New Zealand.

Eightman Morné Hanekom will lead the Leopards who are still a bit depleted with a few players away with the NWU-Pukke team in the Varsity Cup.


Leopards: 15 Hoffmann Maritz, 14 Danie Dames, 13 Charl Weideman, 12 Adriaan Engelbrecht, 11 Berty Visser, 10 André Pretorius, 9 Eugene Jantjies, 8 Morné Hanekom (captain), 7 MB Lusaseni, 6 HP Swart, 5 Brendon Snyman, 4 Robert Kruger, 3 Buhle Mxunyelwa, 2 Bees van Dyk, 1 Snoepie Coetzee.

Substitutes: 16 Wian Fourie, 17 Gawen Nesindande, 18 Marcell Groenewald, 19 Bernie van Rooyen, 20 Johann Laker, 21 George Tossel, 22 Vainon Willis.

Golden Lions: TBA


  • Louis - 2012-03-07 09:57

    Good luck Andre, hopefully you will end your career on a high.

  • Nico - 2012-03-07 10:07

    another career ruined by injury!

      JacquesClaassen - 2012-03-07 10:19

      @ Nico I wouldn't say his career was ruined as he will always be a legend and had some awesome games for the Boks, but I do take your point as he could possibly have been a bigger player in history.

      Nico - 2012-03-07 10:33

      Hi Jacques, that is what I meant, if it weren't for his constants injuries he would have been up there with the legends of the game. He knew how to control a game from his number 10 possie :)

      JacquesClaassen - 2012-03-07 10:48

      Nico I agree with you there, and for a player on the smaller side of the scale he was awesome in all areas of the game. He is the reason I hated playing the Lions especially when his kicking form was at 100%, awesome player and I wish him well at the Leopards for his final stint.

      Bootman - 2012-03-07 10:57

      Another career ruined by mediocrity.

  • Lionel - 2012-03-07 10:56

    Won't forget that eagle eye look he gave everytime he kicked for poles:):):) Good player and all comments are correct,if injuries did not play a part in his career he would have been up there with some of the bigger names!!!!

  • aubrey.gloster - 2012-03-07 11:20

    Bootman gepraat van mediocrity. Wat van Habana, De Villiers, Bekker, Liebenberg, Marius Jonker, Mark Lawrence? Ek sluit die 2 skeidsregters in omdat jy hulle Stormers truie kan sien deurslaan.

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 14:16

      Gepraat van mediocrity @Aubrey.....lyk my jou span kort jou dienste in die voorry?

  • Kobus - 2012-03-07 11:38

    Snoepie Coetzee, Losehead what an appropriate name....

  • Melvin - 2012-03-07 11:42

    andre was a very talented player who had terrible luck with injuries. I can recall one brilliant individual try he scored against the crusaders at ellis park when he sidestepped 4 or 5 defenders to score under the poles.

  • Harry1946 - 2012-03-07 12:34

    What earthshattering news that "former Bok takes on Lions!". Last week the Cheetahs played against five or six Boks, and the Bull against three, the Sharks against five or six and the Stormers against seven, or whatever. What a poor headline,Sport24.

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