Lions eager to defend title

2012-08-09 08:45

Cape Town - New Lions skipper JC Janse van Rensburg says they firmly believe they are capable of defending their Currie Cup crown.

Prop Janse van Rensburg was named as the Lions' new captain after Josh Strauss quit the role to focus more on his own game.

The Lions won the competition last year after upsetting the Sharks 42-16 in the final - a win which left many of their fans expecting a good effort in the Super Rugby competition this year. But they failed badly, finishing last on the log and having a campaign marred by a player revolution against coach John Mitchell, which subsequently saw the suspension of Mitchell. He was replaced by Johan Ackermann for the Currie Cup season.

But despite a turbulent season the new skipper is upbeat for the rest of 2012.

"We're going flat out to defend our title and I know we are capable of doing it.

"We've forgotten about Super Rugby. It happened and it's over now. We've turned over a new leaf and we want to keep our Currie Cup crown," he told Beeld.

They start the defence of their title at home to the Free State Cheetahs on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 17:05.



15 Andries Coetzee, 14 JR Esterhuizen, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Butch James, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Derick Minnie, 7 Joshua Strauss, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco Van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain).

Substitutes: Francois Du Toit, CJ Van der Linde, Willie Britz, Warren Whiteley, Ross Cronje, Guy Cronje, Ruan Combrinck.

Free State Cheetahs:

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn (captain), 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Pieter van Zyl, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Lappies Labuschagné, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Waltie Vermeulen, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Trevor Nyakane.

Substitutes: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Philip Snyman.


  • harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-09 08:57

    They have won more cups in the last decade than the 'mighty' WP.

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-09 09:05

      This may have more to do with so few of their players being picked for the SB squad than anything else.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-09 09:20

      There's no comment section on the cup.

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-09 09:50

      Well there are no really impactful players gone from the Stormers to the SB's so they should win the Currie Cup. "Should" and then should in italics too.

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-09 10:46

      There doesn’t need to be a comment on the cup. It is generally understood that the Currie Cup is a watered down competition where weaker teams will play at full strength against the stronger teams at half strength. You won’t find the stronger teams complaining because this sees their upcoming players being blooded into competition while their top players are trained at national level. Winning the Currie Cup should make you the best team in the country but if you are going to brag about it then you need to stick your head in the sand and avoid the glaring questions like why your finished bottom of the Super Rugby Log and why hardly any of your team were picked for the national squad.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-09 11:19

      Will you still call it watered down if the Stormers win it?

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-09 11:21

      Sorry, if WP wins it.

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-09 11:32

      The competition is watered down because the country's best players have been removed from it. Who wins is immaterial. What I say is backed up by the reduced attendance in the stadiums compared to when the same teams play each other in the SR competition.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-09 11:42

      Ok, you go tell the players and the supporters of the teams who actually win it every now and then that it is watered down.

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-09 11:54

      Harold I think they already know. They don't leave South Africa to play overseas for nothing. For some players the CC is the offseason. As I alluded to earlier the CC is an important part of development in South Africa. This is time when young talent gets an opportunity to show what they can do and get noticed. I don't think it altogether bad that the weaker teams get a chance to show up some of the bigger unions.

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-09 12:00 Super cups... ...Zero Currie cups... ...11 years... ....And counting....! ....ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ..!!

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-09 12:01

      The competition organisers aren’t doing themselves any favours either. Some of the Saturday games were initially set for Friday. You can’t expect overseas broadcasters to reorganise their schedule and as a result the games will not be televised in some countries overseas. That’s just poor.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-09 12:12

      They go overseas for money. Simple as that. I respect your feelings, though.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-08-09 16:29

      they have also lost more matches in one season than than stormer in two. and they also won more cups than the bulls in last two seasons. they also managed to beat the bulls in the most losses in one sr season.

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-09 17:49

      Paul - a bit slow on the draw there, but thanks for your contribution squirt

      paul.sdoow - 2012-08-09 18:19

      pleasure Mr hit the rucks first tom!

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-09 21:14

      @paul.... ...but still zero Super or Currie cups...! ....he he he he..! ....Dis Heeltemal Leeg...!

      Cliff - 2012-08-10 10:27

      nick.mullet.35 : You and the name changer should stick to your Blue Poefter articles , Oh Sorry , no one wants to write about BLUE RUBBISH

      Cliff - 2012-08-10 10:29

      blou.johnny: You are just the same as Name Changer and his idiot friend Mullet

      paul.sdoow - 2012-08-10 11:06

      well you only can obtain cups if you reach the play offs or semis where certain teams have failed to get there in RECENT years

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-08-11 00:34

      Isak , you still alive , no tik overdose yet ? Was a pitty I couldn`t respond to you after the Sharks f@cked the ``Wannabe Mighty Stormers`` up ! So I suppose Province is gonna win the currie cup , LOL !!

  • danie.fick.98 - 2012-08-09 09:43

    Isak,go suck on on your boyfriends balls bra

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-08-09 10:21

    Net die Bulls het 'n verskoning. Hulle 1ste en 2de spanne speel vir die BOKKE. Dit is baie onregverdig!!!!!

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-09 11:16

      Don't worry, they'll overcome it. Again.

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-08-11 00:36

      Province must have a full team or the Currie Cup , unlike Shaks and Bulls !

  • steven.chiaberta - 2012-08-09 13:11


  • johan.arendse.90 - 2012-08-09 13:37

    Danie ask johnny blou.job for a suck!!!!!!!He is from Boksburg,their they do anything for fun.

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-08-10 08:47

    GO LIONS!!!

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