Lions no 'grudge' against Kings
Johannesburg - Lions coach Johan Ackermann has dismissed the notion that their match against the Kings
at Ellis Park on Saturday would be a grudge match.
there was no mention of payback against the Eastern Cape franchise that
replaced them in this year’s Super Rugby tournament.
"I haven’t even once this week psyched them up, to me that is not the right way... we want to perform," Ackermann said.
"We were disappointed on Saturday in certain areas and we want to fix that.
"If we do that, then regardless who is on the other side, we will win."
made two positional changes and two injury forced changes to the side
that went down 38-32 against the Bulls in Soweto last Saturday.
Lions suffered a setback with scrumhalf Michael Bondesio and eighthman
Willie Britz being ruled out for about four weeks due to injury.
Ross Cronje will replace Bondesio at number nine while JJ Breet moves into the side in the place of Britz.
Derick Minnie moves to eighthman, with Breet binding at the side of the scrum.
once again shuffled his halfback combination with Lionel Cronje taking
up the pivot position in the place of Marnitz Boshoff, who moves to
Andries Coetzee moves from fullback to the wing with Deon Helberg shifting to the bench.
the injuries have had an adverse effect on the team selections for this
clash, it would not have a severe influence on the rest of their
After this weekend the Lions will have a four-week break before their next match on March 16 against Mont de Marsan.
The Lions now have one less match this season after Namibia cancelled their fixture on February 23.
The team would effectively go back into pre-season mode, but Ackermann felt the break ultimately played into their hands.
"The guys worked hard the last four weeks and this break will come at a good time," he said.
got the luxury of giving everybody some recovery time, they will train
next week and we will give them a few days off to get some recovery."
said by the time of the next match most of the injured players might be
fully fit, which could see the return of Deon van Rensburg and CJ van
15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Andries Coetzee, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Derick Minnie, 7 JJ Breet, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain)
Substitutes: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Gavin Annandale, 19 Warwick Tecklenberg, 20 Whestley Moolman, 21 Deon Helberg, 22 Ruhan Nel, 23 Dylan des Fountain