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Lions sweat over Van Heerden

2012-02-22 13:47

Johannesburg - Lions coach John Mitchell was still sweating on the availability of lock Wikus van Heerden, who was nursing a knee injury, when he named his team for their first match of the Super Rugby season on Wednesday.

Hendrik Roodt was pencilled in among the starting XV, and if Van Heerden failed to recover in time, Mitchell said he would make his debut for the Lions in their clash with the Cheetahs at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday.

It was also unclear whether Jacobie Adriaanse or CJ van der Linde would play from the bench.

Hooker Callie Visagie and Tian Meyer were set to make their debuts for the Johannesburg-based franchise.

Stephan Greeff was also named in the match 22, playing his first game for the Lions off the bench.

Teams:

Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies le Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 James Kamana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden/ Hendrik Roodt, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse/ CJ van der Linde, 18 Hendrik Roodt / Stephan Greeff, 19 Warren Whiteley, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Butch James, 22 Lionel Mapoe.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Dusty Noble, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Lappies Labuschagné/Philip van der Walt, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Pieter van Zyl, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Willie le Roux

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Comments
  • nelius.vantonder - 2012-02-22 13:57

    Plumtree?? Seriously?? Are we now coached by the Sharks???

      Paul - 2012-02-22 14:13

      Heaven forbid! Lions by plenty.

  • psycc - 2012-02-22 14:06

    Plumtree WTF

  • Lexa - 2012-02-22 14:11

    The Sports reporting on Sports24 is really poor! I was just reading some of the cricket articles and they keep making mistakes like this! They have incorrect photo associated with the wrong articles! They mention the wrong coaches, players etc... Only after people have commented will they change it and then leave you looking like a proper dork! "Hendrik Roodt was pencilled in among the starting XV, and if Van Heerden failed to recover in time, Plumtree said he would make his debut for the Lions in their clash with the Cheetahs at Ellis Park on Saturday." Just in case! Seriously Sport24!!!!!

  • andriescombrinck - 2012-02-22 14:13

    Where is Killian?!

  • Nico - 2012-02-22 14:29

    GO LIONS!!! Lions to win with a bonus point!

  • Nico - 2012-02-22 14:29

    GO LIONS!!! Lions to win with a bonus point!

  • Schalk - 2012-02-22 14:47

    ha ha ha!!! Die Lions dink hulle wen die Currie cup. nou is hulle die beste..... sal maar moet sien saterdag""" Go Cheetahs !!!

      Louis - 2012-02-22 14:59

      Ek stem Wessel, die Leeus is die beste rugby span in die land, Leeus wen met 7 of meer..

      Hennie - 2012-02-24 14:52

      Cheetahs are going to get a hiding!!!!

  • Schalk - 2012-02-22 14:57

    nelius jy speel te veel playstation,

      nelius.vantonder - 2012-02-22 16:20

      Dis nie 'n playstation waarmee ek speel nie maar eintlik met jou MA!

  • Schalk - 2012-02-22 15:02

    Wessel, dis nou Super 15, volgende jaar moet jy maar vir die Kings skreeu ..... hulle gaan die Lions se plek vat, SORRY...

  • steven.chiaberta - 2012-02-22 15:12

    If the Lions could just contract a few more good players to add to their depth they'd be serious contenders for the title cos there's no doubt that John Mitchell - not Plumtree! - has done fantastic work with them. I think they'll be near the top for the first 4 or 5 weeks, but then they'll fade as injuries come in and our lack of depth is exposed. The Cheetahs are also hamstrung by perpetual money problems and have the same problem. They'll also start pretty well, but the Lions are definitely gonna take them this weekend.

  • Hennie - 2012-02-22 15:13

    Ek Laaik. Ek Laaik. Die Lions gaan n groot "impact" maak die seisoen. Al die negatiewe boodskappe van Mense soos ou "Schack Schalk" is n beweise dat hulle weet die Lions gaan hulle almal hard Piets. Go Lions. Kom bring die Beker huis toe.

      Marcel - 2012-02-22 15:39

      jy het groot hoop om te dink die lions gaan die beker huis toe bring.

      Juan - 2012-02-22 17:21

      Ou Marcel en wat is julle kanse ou seun???

  • Raeez - 2012-02-22 16:14

    Lions team looking much stronger...

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