Lions change 11 for WP semi

2012-10-16 12:25

Johannesburg - Lions coach Johan Ackermann on Tuesday included his two returning Springboks in Elton Jantjies and Jaco Taute for their semi-final clash against Western Province in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The newly-capped Boks form part of eleven changes made by Ackermann to the starting XV after the Lions boss decided to give his key players a rest during their final league clash against the Blue Bulls last weekend.

The Lions were guaranteed a home semi-final before the Bulls fixture and Ackermann believes his decision to exclude his seasoned campaigners paid-off heading into the knockout stage of the competition.

"It was more important for me to have fresh players than the momentum," Ackermann explained.

"Against the Bulls, it was not like we were overwhelmed and demolished by a side with a lot of Springboks, so I am confident that it was more important that some of the players are fresh for this game.

"It's only a once-off game (semi-final), you don't want to regret it by saying, 'if only I had rested this or that.'

"We would have been a lot more clinical, so I knew for 60 minutes we were good enough to win that game, its nothing to panic about."

Ackermann added that he was not tempted to include former Bok pivot Butch James - who captained the side against the Bulls - at inside centre next to Jantjies for the crunch game, as James preferred not to play out of position and instead would serve as cover from the replacements bench.

He said the team would be motivated to play in such a vital game and would look to draw on their experience from last year's successful Currie Cup campaign.

"They know how important it is and then obviously we want to be in that final so that's great motivation and that brings the excitement to the training as well."

Turning his attention to their opponents, Ackermann said he was expecting a tough encounter against Western Province.

"You just have to look at the team-sheet and you know that they are a good side.

"They've got a bunch of individuals that can break a game open, so we as a team have to look after them.

"They will be physical because that's an area where they probably think they can attack us... we are well prepared and the guys are excited. The good thing for us is that we know we can beat them.

"We've beaten them this year in the Currie Cup and we beat them last year so we are confident that we can, but we are not thinking that it's going to come easily."


Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach/ Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain)

Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 CJ van der Linde/Pat Cilliers, 18 Hendrik Roodt, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Butch James, 22 Deon Helberg




  • jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-16 12:31

    lekker wp. hoe sleg gaan dit wees vir julle. vodacom beker 2012 champs. hahaha

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-16 13:07

      jaloers, jimmy? watter bekers het jou spannetjie sedert 2010 gewen?

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-16 13:48

      @stirrer, 2010 was so recent, I can still recall what I wore and did on the 20th October 2010. Can you recall what you did in hmmm, geez, 19.. voertsek, so long ago, you were probably not even born. Go Lions, Strong team!

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-16 14:07

      Oh cute look at all the Vloe Nulle supporters supporting the Lions ag shame. Is it suppose to mean something by doing this gesture. Congrats Sharks for reaching the final

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-16 14:16

      René, 20 October 2010 was National Car Free Day. I wore bicycle clips on my jeans and cycled to work. You?

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 14:21

      20 October 2010 is what we, normal people call history. Look forward Stir, you might see a Blue train coming your way!!!

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-10-16 14:27

      Rene, you obviously wore the standard Teazers uniform?

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-16 14:34

      @stirrer, don't take the easy way out! What did you do when YOUR team won their last cup?? You can choose between the C/cup or the Super Trophy, oh damn, no Super Trophy - eish - Not when the Bulls won their last cup - no no no! No need to answer, no one can remember that far back!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-16 15:06

      René & Jaco, 20 October 2010 was on a Wednesday. I don't recall anyone winning any cup that day. Please enlighten us?

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-16 15:07

      stirrer, the currie cup last year you moron.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 15:31

      Thats what I just said stir, its History!!!!

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-16 15:39

      Typical WP/Stormer supporters, the intellect of a garden snail - cannot communicate, only throw around insults - brainless old farts - sad bunch - TIK eats away on you IK - beware!!!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-16 16:05

      René and Jaco, you still haven't answered me what cup was won on a Wednesday. Specifically Wednesday, 20 October 2010.

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-16 16:38

      @Stirrer, it was just a random date - eish but you guys are sloooowwww - soooo very slooooowww

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-10-16 17:27

      Haha, remember kids "Tik eat away on you IK". Very well phrased by Rene.

  • dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-10-16 12:32

    WP met sy 30+. Lions - die Currie Cup begin nou eers... nie die vodacom cup std currie cup soos die laaste 10 weke of so nie..... oh ja, sorry oor die super rugby hahaaha

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 12:35


  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 12:35

    Sou daarvan gehou het as Butch begin het, al was dit op senter, die man het n paar goeie games agter die blad. Go Lions!!!

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-16 13:13

      I do tend to agree, Jaco. I do think that Butchie brings an experienced rugby brain to the party, and he was a real spark for them last weekend, even with a weakened side they always seemed to threaten. Nice to watch a game between two top sides where the result is not important to you:-) Good luck to both teams. Going to be a great weekend.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 13:27

      Haha, yes trav, it was to us!!! Butch has never been my favourite, but he has been playing well this year!! Good luck to all 5 teams, just not the Kings!!!

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-16 12:37

    Awesome team, should win the WP, especially at the Park :) GO LIONS!!! Keep the cup in JHB!!

      Alan - 2012-10-16 13:02

      Sorry for you nico but the cup is going back to Durban this year.

      brendon.lieberz - 2012-10-16 13:09

      @ Alan - The cup is only going to Durban to be handed over to the real champs - GO LIONS!!!

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-10-16 14:28

      Win the WP? How do you win a WP?

  • dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-10-16 12:38

    ek hoop al 5 000 Lions supporters reg oor die land gaan darem die naweek Coca Cola park toe - dit is die laaste keer ooit wat julle 'n half ordentlike Lions span gaan sien speel ....

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 12:41

      As jy niks het om by te dra tot die gesprek of die artikel nie, hoekom hou jy nie eerder jou snuiter nie?? Po@pol

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-16 12:53

      hahahaha dieter, goeie een, ek hoop al 1000 queen supporters gaan volgende jaar na elke game toe, want dis die laaste wat julle weer super rugby speel, gelukkig is ons net uit vir een jaar. en in die jaar wat ons uit is gaan ons teen heineken cup spanne speel, internasionale spanne en selfs 'n game teen julle in die warmups. het jy gesien dat al is ons uit die super rugby uit is daar nog steeds meer spelers wat by ons aansluit as by julle? min mense wil saam met kots speel lyk dit my. en ons verloor weinig spelers, die ouens verkies om 'n leen ooreenkoms aan te gaan en dan terug te gaan leeus toe, wonder hoeveel van julle ouens julle einde van volgende jaar gaan verloor, seker almal behalwe ou kotsie :) geniet die rugby dieter, ek gaan dit net so baie soos jy geniet, eintlik nog meer!!

      dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-10-16 13:39

      nico met watse geld? Kevin de klerk se dan Lions het nie eers genoeg geld vir vaseline vir Elton se hare nie ...

      lesbeen - 2012-10-16 13:54

      @Dieter... Die volgende keer wat die Kings n ordentlike span het... Sal die eerste keer wees

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-16 13:54

      waar het hy dit gese dieter??

  • kosie.fires - 2012-10-16 12:42

    Het hierdie span verlede Saterdag gespeel, het die bulle hierdie naweek teen die OP gespeel.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 12:46

      Het jy dit gedroom of in n visioen gesien? Wonder maar net?

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 12:59

      Jy het nie Saterdag se game gekyk nie, het jy?

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-16 13:01

    Lions and Ackermann have done wonders preparing and playing under these conditions.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 13:30

      That’s very true hey, under the circumstances you would think the Lions would be in bottom spot!!

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-16 13:36

      One wonders how they've held it together. Players have had to make professional choices, split by loyalty and by the the prospects of furthering their careers. I'll never look at Saru in the same light again of this mess.

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-16 15:49

      me as well gary. i love you

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-16 13:02

    Dit lyk na 'n goeie span maar WP kan verras. Ek sien uit na 'n finaal op Nuweland, maar kanse is seker maar skraal?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-16 13:10

      Kanse is redelik goed. Enige van die 4 spanne kan hierdie jaar wen, min te kies tussen hulle, so geen rede hoekom daar nie 'n finaal op Nuweland kan wees nie.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 13:15

      Lions VS Bulls op Ellispark???

      Alan - 2012-10-16 13:58

      Stirrer, net 3 kan wen. Het jy alweer vergeet dat WP chokers is! Jaco dis Sharks VS Lions in Durban!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-16 14:07

      Alan, net een ding is seker. Die finaal gaan NIE op Loftus wees nie (statisties onmoontlik). Behalwe dit, is dit enigiemand se beker om te vat.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 14:22

      Blxm stir, nou moet ek vir die eerste keer ooit met jou saamstem!!!

  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-10-16 13:07

    BIG mistake Ackerman! Butch and Minnie on the bench is not a good idea. Why not Butch at 12 and Taute at 15. I love it .... Prrrrooooovince!

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-16 13:15

    i know free state and wp voted for ep, did the bulls and sharks vote for the lions?

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-16 13:27


      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 13:30


  • marius.theron.31 - 2012-10-16 13:25

    Hoop van harte die Leeus wen die Goue beker. Sal net die swak besluit deur Sarvu onderstreep.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 13:38

      n Cherry op die koek wees, wel as dit nie Bulls is nie, hoop ek ook so!!!

  • wilma.botts - 2012-10-16 13:40

    Good luck to the Lions

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-10-16 13:46

    11 veranderings lyk my die BULLE het hulle gebreek

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-16 14:09

      \Almal kry die voorreg om onnosel te wees, net jammer party maak misbruik daarvan.\

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 15:16

      Dirk ek like jou nie baie nie, maar jy is die keer reg!!!

  • gswart1 - 2012-10-16 13:58

    Ja dis hartseer dat die Lions uit die Super15 gevote was want die Kings hoort nie daar nie. Maar blameer ook al die ander mense wat hulle ook uit gevote het. Dit was nie net WP en Cheetahs gewees nie. Ffs! Miskien moet die Lions n les hieruit leer en as n sterker span terugkom waneer hulle weer by die Super15 aansluit. En glo my hulle sal. Sterkte Lions. Go WP!

      gswart1 - 2012-10-16 14:14

      Ja wel ek is nie happy daarmee dat die WP hulle help uitvote het nie. Maar al het hulle vir hulle gevote sou dit nie n verskil gemaak het nie. En daar is niks wat mens nou daaraan kan doen nie. Ek hoop die Lions kom as n sterker span uit hierdie situasie uit. Die kings moet waai.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-16 14:44

      Daar is 'n rede waarom BBRU teen die Kings gestem het. Die Lions is nie 'n probleem nie, maar laaskeer wat die Bulls teen die Kings gespeel het, het hulle verloor...

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-16 14:49

    why dont private entities buy our unions, as in the premier league in the uk, i bet you then it will be run like a business and we wont have gross mismanagment and misappropriation of funds throughout saru like is currently the case

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-16 15:30

      agree Sammy, but that would mean Saru can't take all the money for themselves and get fat bonuses. Will also make it more difficult for the politicians to interfere, so will probably be a while.

  • kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 15:07


      gswart1 - 2012-10-16 16:32

      Sou dalk gehelp het as jy uitroeptekens agterna gesit het. Nou lyk jou post net vervelig. Moet ek vir jou n nuwe keyboard koop aangesien joune nie werk nie? GO WP!!!!!!!!!!

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 19:01


      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-17 10:38

      how's the insanity defense going there dr Levine?

  • Jacques - 2012-10-16 15:26

    Go Lions! Bulls Groete

  • sebastian.debeer.1 - 2012-10-16 15:58

    Let's go Province. It won't be 11 years cupless very soon.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 19:32

      Correct, it will be 12

  • riaan.spamers - 2012-10-16 16:21

    Ek haal my hoed af vir n span wat deur al die politiek nogsteeds een van die top spanne in die Currie Cup is die jaar!! Sterkte Leeus, julle sal veraltyd my ondersteuning he!!

  • john.roelofse - 2012-10-16 17:40

    The bones say its WP/Bulle final at Newlands.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 19:13

      Yes, and the bones say Bulls will take the trophy for the 6th time in the last 11yr. 6 more than Province

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