Currie Cup

Mitchell not a worried man

2011-07-20 15:41
John Mitchell (File)

Johannesburg - Golden Lions coach John Mitchell says he is not too concerned about their below-par first round performance against the Pumas.

The Johannesburg side flattered to deceive when they defeated the Pumas 31-27 in their opening game of the competition at home last week.

"I'm not too stressed. To be fair, we got through the first hurdle," said Mitchell.

"It wasn't a great performance but it's important that we keep getting better."

Even though he doesn't seem too worried about their first round effort, he still made three changes to their run-on team to face Griquas in an Absa Currie Cup match in Kimberley on Saturday.

Jaco Taute is injured and is replaced by Michael Killian at fullback.

Dylan des Fountain is replaced by Deon van Rensburg at right wing and centre Waylon Murray comes in at outside centre for Alwyn Hollenbach.

"Michael is in for Jaco who is a week away from playing as he's recovered quicker than we expected," said John Mitchell.

"Deon and Waylon come in because I wasn't happy with the performances of Dylan and Alwyn."

On the bench, the Mitchell said JC Janse van Rensburg would return from injury to replace Caylib Oosthuizen.

"JC van Rensburg is back. After playing every minute in Super Rugby we're just trying to manage him," said Mitchell.

Looking ahead to their game against Griquas, Lions captain Doppies la Grange said his team would approach the match like any other in the competition.

"It's always hard to play in Kimberley," said La Grange.

"Griquas have shocked some of the bigger teams and we've lost out the last two or three years there, so we're looking forward to improving from our game last week."

Teams:

Golden Lions: 15 Michael Killian, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Doppies La Grange, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Joshua Strauss, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Pat Cilliers

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 Dries van Schalkwyk, 20 Michael Bondesio, 21 Hein Cronje, 22 Alwyn Hollenbach

Griquas:

TBA

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15 August 2015
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs, Newlands Stadium 15:00
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Eastern Province Kings v Pumas, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:00
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