Lions make four changes

2011-09-13 13:06

Johannesburg - The Lions made three changes and one positional shift from last weekend's starting line-up for their Currie Cup match against the Leopards on Friday.

On the right wing, Jannie Boshoff replaces Deon van Rensburg, who drops out of the match 22.

"Jannie has come in for Deon van Rensburg because Deon has... carried a fair bit of the load recently," said coach John Mitchell.

Michael Rhodes comes in at right flank from the bench and, to accommodate this move, Derick Minnie moves from right flank to the left.

"Derick Minnie's been out and Cobus Grobbelaar is being freshened up."

Johan Snyman enters the starting XV, replacing Wikus van Heerden who has a knee injury.

The coach said the injury was not serious and Van Heerden would not be out for the rest of the season as initially feared.

"Wikus had some cartilage removed. It'll be a four-week job," said Mitchell.

In the only addition to the bench, scrumhalf Rudi Paige will provide cover for Michael Bondesio.

"Rudi, our second half-back, has come into the mix. He's actually played two matches now for UJ [University of Johannesburg] as he hadn't played a lot of football, so he comes back into our 22."

Mitchell again mentioned his satisfaction with the depth in the squad.

"It's very important to manage your players, so we're very fortunate to have a player like Derick to come back in who's played number six very well.

"And then Jannie obviously is a very similar rugby player to Deon who is a very strong, physical right winger," said the coach.


Golden Lions:

15 Jaco Taute, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Doppies la Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Johan Snyman, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Warrem Whiteley, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Rudi Paige, 21 Burton Francis, 22 James Kamana




  • Hanjo - 2011-09-13 13:26

    The pic is Warren Whiteley not Michael Rhodes...

      Makutu - 2011-09-13 13:51

      Yup! I was just about to say that.

      burneyowen - 2011-09-13 18:38

      It is Michael Rhodes you two. Warren Whiteley is in the background

      Hanjo - 2011-09-14 12:16

      the pic was later replaced after I corrected them wiseass

  • JohnnyOzzy16 - 2011-09-13 13:56

    Hoping to see kamana in action... its been a while.

  • jk - 2011-09-13 14:36

    lions still the most boring team in world rugby...

      Moegepraat - 2011-09-13 14:49

      you clearly haven't been watching their games then! Taute has got to be one of the most exciting players at the moment! You're probably just suur cos we beat your team!

      Juan - 2011-09-13 14:56

      @jk. Jy kan nie eens behoorlik praat nie jou klein werfeter nou wil jy kom rugby praat, wat weet jy van rugby af? Gaan speel pop saam jou klein sus.

      jk - 2011-09-13 14:58

      juan- los die rugby maar vir die van ons wat vir die wp skree....ok, die taute is goed, hy mors net sy speeldae by die leeus, wat nerens heen oppad is nie...

      jk - 2011-09-13 15:01


      chefatwork - 2011-09-13 15:07

      We'll talk when the cup is standing safely in Ellis Park. We all know province can't win anything

      WernerE - 2011-09-13 15:15


      jk - 2011-09-13 15:17

      i can promise you clueless clowns one thing..leeus wont win c/cup in 2011...they just dont have it...

      Juan - 2011-09-13 15:17

      ID10T=jk=11 year cup loosers. Hy jk is your surname da silva becauce you and wp only know how to come second?

      jk - 2011-09-13 15:22

      juan jou vaak seun...kom by asb...ons praat hier van wp rugby...die grootste en mees astronomiese rugby brand in wereld rugby...PROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVINCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Juan - 2011-09-13 15:22

      @jk. Hy laaitie wys jou gesig dan wys ons jou wie is n clown dan sal jy nooit weer hoef te sien hoe die wp 2de kom nie. jk da silva

      Juan - 2011-09-13 15:29

      Is daai jou maaitjies op die foto? Gaan vra hulle om jou uit te help jy kort dit snotkop.

      jk - 2011-09-13 15:30


      jk - 2011-09-13 15:34

      ons noem dit fans...

      Milkman - 2011-09-13 15:47

      France by 8

      jk - 2011-09-13 15:50

      o yes!!!!! france by 8, wp by 8, maties for club champs...PROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVINCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Plonker - 2011-09-14 15:10


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