Butch to lead weakened Lions

2012-10-11 13:13

Johannesburg - Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann made eight changes to his starting XV to face the Blue Bulls in their final group stage match of the Absa Currie Cup at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 19:10.

With usual captain JC Janse van Rensburg rested for the weekend, flyhalf Butch James will for the first time in his illustrious career captain a side at professional rugby level.

Ackermann decided to give his key players a rest ahead of next week's semi-final as they have already booked their place for the playoffs no matter this weekend's permutations.

The Lions mentor picked only two of his returning Springbok players with Pat Cilliers replacing Jacobie Adriaanse at tighthead while CJ van der Linde replaces JC Janse van Rensburg at loosehead.

The side's star flyhalf Elton Jantjies will be given an opportunity to face his Bulls counterpart Morne Steyn off the bench.

Lions stalwart Franco van der Merwe will move to the bench with Paul Willemse taking his place at lock in the run-on side.

In the backline Anthony Vomink will receive a starting berth in the place of Ruan Combrinck who shifts to fullback in the place of Andries Coetzee.

Ackermann made wholesale changes to his loose trio with Cobus Grobbelaar, Jaco Kriel and Warren Whiteley being replaced by Jaco Kriel,  and Willie Britz respectively.



15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Deon Van Rensburg, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Butch James (captain), 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 CJ van der Linde

Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Warren Whiteley, 20 Whestley Moolman, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Lionel Mapoe

Blue Bulls:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Juandre Kruger, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Morne Mellett

Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Dean Greyling


  • morne.vandyk.58 - 2012-10-11 13:16

    And Rhodes will play both lock positions.

      ekhaat.weepee - 2012-10-11 14:15

      He is just THAT good!!!!!!

  • spear.tackle.7 - 2012-10-11 13:22

    Kill them LIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-11 14:29

      No cups 11 years.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-11 15:50

      WP=Promotion relegation

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 15:55

      Kaptein, ek vlieg PE toe om daai game te kyk!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-11 16:13

      Ek LOOP PE toe om daai game te kyk.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 16:18

      Ek sal betaal vir jou kaartjie Spyker!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-11 16:24

      Dankie Jakkals.

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 08:28

      SPYKER kry jy en Jaco n KAMER!!! Mofffs!!!!!!

  • chriscathy.meistre - 2012-10-11 13:25

    Match fixing?

      ekhaat.weepee - 2012-10-11 13:38

      Jy moet n weepee fan wees!!!!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-11 14:30


  • gavin.ray.102 - 2012-10-11 13:27

    will be there! Go Lions!!!!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 14:57

      Dankie vir die info!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-11 15:33

      Great, ek sal jou daar sien.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 15:36

      Spyker, jy lieg man, jy gaan die game deur jou buurman se venster kyk, en sy betaling, jou sussie/vrou!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-11 15:46

      Ek gaan regtig daar wees. Ek werk part time vir die cleaning comapny wat na die game skoon maak. My sussie/verloofde en die baas is 'vriende'.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 15:57

      Spyker jy het n goeie sin vir humor, is jy die entertainment van Brakpan???

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-11 16:14

      Ek is die main ou in Brakpan. Die chicks dig my kwaai.

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 08:28

      En ek die main ou op mitchells plein!!!

  • tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-11 13:36

    In this corner weighing 3 super-rugby cups...the BULLS!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-11 15:58

      All hail king heyneke and prince tertius of huguenot

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-11 13:43

    GO LIONS!!! Keep the cup in JHB :) Good luck on your captaincy Butch! about time :)

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 13:47

      Butch has been quite consistent the whole year, filled Elton’s boots very well, have to say, he is a better player since joining the Lions!!!

      ekhaat.weepee - 2012-10-11 13:47

      Butch is a hasbeen!!!!!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-11 15:59

      Butch the high tackle specialist. He will come off second best if he ever meets dean the people's elbow greyling

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 08:29

      Nee PETER is ons FLAGSHIP flyhalf!!!

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 13:45

    Dankie WP24!!!! Daar is twee Springbokke wat trugkom in die starting 15 en Elton op die bank. Dis dieselfde span wat WP geklap het, net n bietjie sterker!!!! Dis wragtig die mees biased media groep wat ek nog gesien het, weaken Lions, my @ss man!!!!!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-11 13:48

      Verskonings voor die game, Jaco?

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 13:58

      Nee Stirrer- Gatvol vir WP24!!!

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-11 14:18

      well spotted jaco, surprised that Isak didn't notice this :-)! Think the Bulls will take this one. When the Cheetahs win in CT it will mean the Bulls again next weekend in Jo'burg for the semi. Then Elton will start. Is Taute injured, rested?

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 14:38

      Taute word gestraf omdat hy WP toe gaan!!!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 15:38

      Verander niks nie Isak, die span is sterker as laasweek!!!

  • david.phillips.583234 - 2012-10-11 13:54

    That's so wrong Lions, what about Griquas who have played awesome rugby this season, Now you gift the Bulls the game. Wrong!

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-12 10:30

      well we did try return the favour in s15 but you guys still lost on good ground. .

  • unclejb.vansiths - 2012-10-11 14:02

    Kings were going to whoop the Bulls in the promotion/relegation match!!! Bulls management saw this coming and obviously made some calls and DE Klerk duly obliged.

      ekhaat.weepee - 2012-10-11 14:17

      Dis jammer jy was nie n miskraam nie!!!!

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-11 14:23

      Good question Raven. When the Kings get pummeled twice in their promotion game be prepared for the all to often used "this is not the Super Rugby squad" excuses! Apparently in January they will be MUCH better...

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 14:41

      Sean, somehow I dont think so!!!

      leon.lemaitre.9 - 2012-10-12 19:18


  • mike.burrows.37 - 2012-10-11 14:21

    Qriquas to beat the Sharks and the Bulls to beat the Lions. Makes the WP Cheetahs game a playoff fro relegation

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 14:59

      Lekke man Go Kwas!!!! Go Vrystaat!!!!! Go Bulle!!!!!!!!

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-11 15:52


      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-10-11 17:04

      Mike jy rook gevaarlike goed! Kwasse to beat Sharks? Rook jy boom?

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-10-11 15:43

    Go Lions!!! destroy the Bulls!!!

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-10-11 15:51

    Lions by more than 10 points

      mandell.reitz1 - 2012-10-11 21:58

      In your dreams Siener Van Rensberg!!!

      mandell.reitz1 - 2012-10-11 21:58

      In your dreams Siener Van Rensberg!!!

  • tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-11 17:40

    Trap hule Bulle!!

  • mandell.reitz1 - 2012-10-11 21:53

    Die naweek gaan di bulle vi di verswakte leeus wys waa Dawid di wortels begrawe het!!! 4 driee plus hie kom ons :) so di game tussen di wp en cheetas is n ytspeel vi di houtlepel...di skrif is kla teen di muur...hoop ni di arme wp choke mt hulle klomp springbokke ni...

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 08:30

      Jy maak n GROOT fout WP 100+!!!!!!

  • werner.n86 - 2012-10-12 07:00

    The lions are not weaker its 95% of the team that played the whole currie cup. We just want n exelant team for the semi finals.lions for life.

  • leon.lemaitre.9 - 2012-10-12 19:11


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