Van der Linde starts for Lions

2011-10-19 14:46

Johannesburg - Rugby World Cup prop CJ van der Linde has been selected for the Golden Lions’ starting side for their Absa Currie Cup semi-final against Western Province on Saturday, and his team-mate in New Zealand, Butch James, has been announced as a replacement for the match at Coca-Cola Park.

While the inclusion in the match-22 of James, who has previous playing and training experience with the Lions, was expected the selection of Van der Linde - a recent acquisition from Western Province without much training time with the Lions - would surprise some.

His presence is, however, a blessing for Lions coach John Mitchell. The very experienced and versatile prop, who can play either side of the scrum, comes in for stalwart Lions loosehead JC Janse van Rensburg who has a hamstring problem.

The rest of the side is as expected, with the many changes from last weekend’s losing side against the Sharks not surprising after Mitchell gave some of his borderline players a run in Durban to ensure that they have game time behind them should they be required for the play-offs.

There are eight players who did not start against the Sharks in the starting side for Saturday and there is also the switch of Michael Rhodes, who has lately been picked as lock for the Lions. He moves back to flank after the return of Wikus van Heerden who was side-lined with a knee injury and only returned against the Sharks. Van Heerden will partner returning Franco van der Merwe in the second row.

Rhodes will play at No 7 with Derick Minnie taking over the fetching role from Cobus Grobbelaar, who is still troubled by the rib injury sustained when he scored a try against the Free State Cheetahs three weeks ago in a drawn league fixture. Grobbelaar has been bracketed on the bench with Jaco Kriel.


Golden Lions:
15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies la Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 CJ Van der Linde

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Warren Whiteley, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar/Jaco Kriel, 20 Butch James, 21 Dylan Des Fountain, 22 James Kamana

Western Province:
15  Gio Aplon, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean De Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 JC Kritzinger

Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Tertius Daniller, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Juan de Jongh, 22 Conrad Jantjes


  • Taetjo - 2011-10-19 14:48

    CJ van der Linde is a huge mistake... Lets hope that they don't regret it. Young props are the future. They do not miss 1st time tackles like these old near-retirement props. Look at how Owen Franks nullified Will Genia on Saturday!

      Steenbra - 2011-10-19 15:28

      CJ has a hinge at the base of his spine anyway and is past his best anyway

  • Gillbert - 2011-10-19 14:52

    nou hoekom het die lions so baie geld betaal vir butch as hulle hom nie gaan speel nie... veral nie in n semi nie

  • Deon - 2011-10-19 15:59

    The front row / scrum was a problem for the WP and Stormers in the past will it be repeated?

      Wilbur - 2011-10-19 17:21

      CJ was part of that problem back then, so probably not? Still can't understand why WP contracted CJ in the first place. He just did not add that much value.

  • Pieter - 2011-10-19 20:03

    Well, well, well, was it not the Lion supporters who said that returning Boks should not play in the Currie Cup because they did nothing to get their teams to the position they are in? Nevertheless, I hope CJ will be happy in the Lions team, especially as players joining that team seem to slump back to the level of their team mates within weeks. WP, we will know what to expect from this man, so we will be ready to counter whatever he brings to the table! Go,WP!

  • Juan - 2011-10-20 07:06

    Good team Mitch, nou gaan moer hulle LIONS!!!!!!!!!!

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