Mitchell not a worried man

2011-07-20 15:41

Johannesburg - Golden Lions coach John Mitchell says he is not too concerned about their below-par first round performance against the Pumas.

The Johannesburg side flattered to deceive when they defeated the Pumas 31-27 in their opening game of the competition at home last week.

"I'm not too stressed. To be fair, we got through the first hurdle," said Mitchell.

"It wasn't a great performance but it's important that we keep getting better."

Even though he doesn't seem too worried about their first round effort, he still made three changes to their run-on team to face Griquas in an Absa Currie Cup match in Kimberley on Saturday.

Jaco Taute is injured and is replaced by Michael Killian at fullback.

Dylan des Fountain is replaced by Deon van Rensburg at right wing and centre Waylon Murray comes in at outside centre for Alwyn Hollenbach.

"Michael is in for Jaco who is a week away from playing as he's recovered quicker than we expected," said John Mitchell.

"Deon and Waylon come in because I wasn't happy with the performances of Dylan and Alwyn."

On the bench, the Mitchell said JC Janse van Rensburg would return from injury to replace Caylib Oosthuizen.

"JC van Rensburg is back. After playing every minute in Super Rugby we're just trying to manage him," said Mitchell.

Looking ahead to their game against Griquas, Lions captain Doppies la Grange said his team would approach the match like any other in the competition.

"It's always hard to play in Kimberley," said La Grange.

"Griquas have shocked some of the bigger teams and we've lost out the last two or three years there, so we're looking forward to improving from our game last week."


Golden Lions: 15 Michael Killian, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Doppies La Grange, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Joshua Strauss, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Pat Cilliers

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 Dries van Schalkwyk, 20 Michael Bondesio, 21 Hein Cronje, 22 Alwyn Hollenbach




  • Bulldozer - 2011-07-20 15:47

    At least they are living up to their motto: If at first you don't succeed, lower your standards.

      jk - 2011-07-20 16:26

      soos jy met die girls dozer??

  • James B - 2011-07-20 15:52

    Killian at fullback good choice.I would use Des Fountain at 12 thought or 13.Good distribution skills.Don't know so much about Deon on the wing.There must be other options??

  • Nico - 2011-07-20 16:16

    GO Lions!!

  • jk - 2011-07-20 16:17

    i would be worried if i would get payed...

  • Doug - 2011-07-20 18:43

    Its a sad day in the jungle when the old forgotten Lions still have teeth, but the young Lions are still chewing gums and sucking nigger balls......sic

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-20 19:20

      Nigger balls? No man, seriously? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

      kosie - 2011-07-21 14:57

      its actually: nicker balls

  • siasme - 2011-07-20 20:44

    "Die slag van Kimberky' Is what awaits the Lions this weekend with this attitude. Mitchell we have been waiting since the start of the super 15 for you to get better. Get of you rear ends and start doing the job!!!

      kosie - 2011-07-21 14:58

      mitchell is not as good as every thinks, he was at the western force before he came to the lions, and as you know, the western force never achieved or reached anything.

  • crocowild - 2011-07-20 22:18

    I see fooldozer is climaxing.It must be the Jacaranda flowers they are smoking to keep on living in their dreams because their 7 lean years just started.Dairie Belle can sponsor the blue cows.

      jk - 2011-07-21 15:23


  • Draconian - 2011-07-21 11:02

    Roll on Saturday! Roll on another win for " The toothless Lions " Hope you kick their @sses " Lions " That should put a couple foot's in very many people's mouths, this weekend! I love it!!!!! " GO LIONS!!!!! "

  • BlouBos - 2011-07-21 19:52

    Johnny Walker - Keep on Walking Johnny Mitchell - Keep on Trying

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