Lions receive Mapoe blow

2011-07-27 15:30

Johannesburg - The Lions were dealt another injury blow ahead of Saturday's Absa Currie Cup clash against the Leopards when wing Lionel Mapoe picked up a knee injury during Wednesday morning's training session at Jeppe Boys High.

"Lionel incurred an injury in training on Wednesday and Dylon (des Fountain) will come into his position," Lions coach John Mitchell confirmed when naming his side.

Mitchell has again rewarded on-field character with consistency in his team selection, with injuries forcing the only three changes he made.

As expected, Josh Strauss will take over the role as captain while regular skipper Doppies La Grange recovers from a hamstring injury.

La Grange, who should to be fit for next week's derby against the Blue Bulls, will be replaced by Alwyn Hollenbach in midfield.

Hollenbach's place on the bench will be filled by either Jannie Boshoff or Lions Under-21 fullback Andries Coetzee.

In the only other change to the team, Michael Rhodes returns after serving out a five-week suspension and will start on the bench ahead of Dries van Schalkwyk.

Despite having started the season with two consecutive wins, Mitchell said his side would have to respect the Leopards who, according to the Lions mentor, played a good brand of rugby with ball in hand.

"The important thing for us this week is to get better and focus on our performance. That is all that matters," said Mitchell.

"If we go into this match concerning ourselves about what the Leopards do or what they don't do, rather than focussing on our own performance, we will have a tough night."

Toughness has become synonymous with the way Strauss approaches the game, and the skipper said nothing would change because he had been elected to lead the team.

"When you consider there are guys like Wikus (van Heerden) and Cobus (Grobbelaar) who have been there for years, it makes taking over from Doppies much easier." said Strauss.

"The whole team see themselves as leaders so it is not too big a task."


Lions: 15 Michael Killian, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Daylon des Fountain, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Patric Cilliers

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 Michael Rhodes, 20 Michael Bondesio, 21 Hein Cronje, 22 Jannie Boshoff/Andries Coetzee




  • BiggestBull - 2011-07-27 15:22

    Over-rated and over-paid.

      BiggestBull - 2011-07-27 15:59

      He is not worth his salary. Send him to WP.

      Hanjo - 2011-07-27 16:02

      we'll accept him with open arms...brilliant player

      Marx - 2011-07-27 16:44

      The Travelling Willbury of SA rugby, what's the blow? Did he AWOL to another province????

      ZACommentator - 2011-07-27 17:06

      When is Lionel going to pay back what he took from the Sharks, or is he going into politics and needs to learn about theft?

      riaanvn66 - 2011-07-27 17:46

      hey, you must be a bull supporter. your vlak replies is testomony to it. hey all...never argue with a fool for people will not know the difference.

      Kaapie - 2011-07-27 18:44

      No guys Cheetahs ripped him off.. underpaid him.. WP should have bought him before they did Habana

  • gooinat - 2011-07-27 15:25

    This guy reminds me of Wylie Human!!!

      gooinat - 2011-07-27 15:31

      Great rugby comment,dickhead!!!

      gooinat - 2011-07-27 15:40

      Beats your comment on him being overrated and overpaid or are you talking about a family member of yours?????

      jk - 2011-07-27 15:49

      biggestbull reminds me of dowwe biggestbull...

      gooinat - 2011-07-27 15:54

      Racist hahahahaha,now thats funny Biggest Bull Sh!tter,go and talk cr@p somewhere else please.

      jk - 2011-07-27 15:57

      tell him gooinat... hes terrible

      Hanjo - 2011-07-27 16:01

      Human has nothing on Mapoe, Human was a good CC player, Mapoe may well go o to greater things. hasn't really been at his best at the Lions. see my comment below.

      gooinat - 2011-07-27 16:18

      @Hanjo,if Mapoe would settle at a union then maybe he will go onto greater things,he reminds me of Human in the case that Human played for almost every franchise and Mapoe is not far off,not by fault of he's own I must add.

  • Hanjo - 2011-07-27 15:30

    Lionel seems to be finding some form, which is great, on form, he is as good as any winger in SA. when he was at the Cheetahs, he was set for greatness, keep an eye on this guy!

      Hanjo - 2011-07-27 15:56

      Bull, he scored two tries didn't he? as a wing, scoring tries is your primary indication re form, so I think that settles it. also John Mitchell has no obligation to select Mapoe, but he continues to do so, doesn't that give you an idea of what he thinks of Mapoe, and his form?

      Kaapie - 2011-07-27 18:45

      Hanjo a lot of the Bulls guys on the site cant recognise talent.. Really some of them are punting WO..really now

  • jk - 2011-07-27 15:43


      jk - 2011-07-27 15:58

      bulletjie-wiet jou halsband losgemaak?

      jk - 2011-07-27 16:10

      biggestbull, vermaak ons asb...

      jk - 2011-07-27 16:14

      hier het ons die beste uit biggestbull uitgekry manne!!! go bulletjie go bulletjie go bulletjie go go gooooo!!

      gooinat - 2011-07-27 16:19

      Slowly there JK don't be so hard on him,you know they throw there toys out of there cot when they are cornered!!!

      jk - 2011-07-27 16:20

      met jou sarie

      jk - 2011-07-27 16:31

      gooinat- dis nou ongelukkig die knape waarmee ons opgeskeep moet sit. cheers sport fans!!! ciao

  • Travis - 2011-07-27 15:53

    Mapoe is over-rated. He is quick, make no mistake, but he does not have the guts to do well. It looks to me like he is scared of going in contact, both on attack and defense. Not like Mvovo and a few of the other wings around at the moment, who are always looking to hit the line hard and at pace.

  • BiggestBull - 2011-07-27 18:34

    "hey, you must be a bull supporter" WOW, it's in my name Sherlock!

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