The Alternative Rugby Review | Lions v Sharks

This is not the place to find who won, who scored, or who played well. This is what I thought of what I saw, mostly useless information, and why the refs and commentators were sh1t.

Who does Chris van Zyl look like, is Anthony Volmink the real deal, do the Lions only have two lineout calls, and how long until Brendan Venter has that inevitable heart attack?

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Golden Lions v Natal Sharks | 27 September 2013

Commentator Gcobani Bobo observed that Lions lock Chris van Zyl looks like his brother Anton (Lions, WP, Stormers, Stade Français). And Bobo would know, because he (1st XV) would’ve spent a lot of time practising against Anton (2nd XV) at Rondebosch in 1997.

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Anthony Volmink continues to impress me, this week with two classy assist passes. He’s an alternative one to watch for the future.

The Sharks lineout had no answer to big Franco van der Merwe. The Lions lock was using the old Victor Matfield calls at lineout time: “My ball is my ball, and your ball is my ball.”

Sharks director of rugby Brendan Venter is the most uptight man in sport, there can be no question. It’s a good thing he’s also a medical doctor, because then hopefully he knows he’s a heart attack waiting to happen.

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This week’s other Alternative Reviews

Cheetahs v WP  |  Griquas v Blue Bulls  |  SA v Australia  |  Argentina v New Zealand

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