Currie Cup

Lions receive Mapoe blow

2011-07-27 15:30
Lionel Mapoe (Gallo)

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."

Teams

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

Leopards:

TBA

Read more on:    currie cup  |  lionel mapoe  |  lions
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
27 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 @04:00
  • SS4
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 @05:00
  • SS5
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 @05:59
  • SS7
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 @06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
08 August 2014
Eastern Province Kings v Western Province, Port Elizabeth 19:10
09 August 2014
Griquas v Sharks, Kimberley 15:00
Golden Lions v Blue Bulls, Johannesburg 17:05
Pumas v Free State Cheetahs, Nelspruit 19:10
Vote

Who will be crowned 2013 Currie Cup champions?

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.