Johannesburg - Lions lock Luvuyiso “MB”
Lusaseni hopes to make an impact when he makes his long-awaited Super Rugby
return this weekend.
The 26-year-old was named on the bench for
the Lions’ derby against the Cheetahs at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday,
which should see him get his first taste of Super Rugby of the year.
A serious knee injury suffered during the
2014 Currie Cup kept Lusaseni on the sidelines for a lengthy period, but he was
allowed to get back in form on the Vodacom Cup scene over the past several
After showing notable progress this season,
Lusaseni is delighted to be back in the Super Rugby mix.
“I appreciated the plan the Lions had for
me. I was allowed to enjoy a full recovery, and regained my confidence with
game time during the Vodacom Cup. This was a great experience as I got to play
a leadership role among the young talent,” Lusaseni told MyPlayers.co.za.
“And while I played Vodacom Cup rugby, I
still trained with the Super Rugby squad. So I found myself surrounded with the
positive vibes among the players, who have done very well in recent weeks.
There’s plenty of confidence in the team heading into the game against the
Cheetahs, and I’m definitely feeding off it.
“I’ve been told by the coaches to enjoy the
opportunity should I get a call-up off the bench. Obviously, I have certain
roles to follow, but I’ll definitely make the most of my time on the field.”
Lusaseni made his Super Rugby debut for the
Lions last season, and impressed in the second row for the Johannesburg-based
franchise. He explained that there was something special about playing at that
“Super Rugby is an amazing tournament as
you get to play against the best rugby players in the world. It’s definitely a
step-up from provincial rugby, and that experience adds to your development and
makes you a better player,” said Lusaseni.
“There’s a high level of pressure, which I
thrive on. You can’t afford to let your focus slip as mistakes are punished.
“Super Rugby also gives players a high
level of exposure, which contributes to a successful professional rugby
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash is scheduled
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13
Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf
de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5
Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1
Jacques van Rooyen
Substitutes: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Corne
Fourie, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 MB Lusaseni, 20 Robert Kruger, 21 Ross
Cronjé, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Howard Mnisi
15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13
Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9
Sarel Pretorius, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois
Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveldt, 1 Danie Minnie
Substitutes: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Caylib
Oosthuizen, 18 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Carel Greeff, 21
Tian Meyer, 22 Michael van der Spuy, 23 Clayton Blommetjies
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