Lions receive Strauss boost

2011-08-23 07:30

Cape Town - Lions captain Josh Strauss, who "popped" a rib in the game against Western Province at Newlands, should be ready to face the Sharks at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday.

Strauss left the field in their 26-28 defeat to WP, and it was initially feared he could be out for several weeks with a cracked rib.

However, it was confirmed on Monday that the bearded eightman only damaged cartilage on one of his rib's and not the rib itself.

A relieved Strauss posted on the social networking site Twitter on Monday night: "Hey peeps. Its only cartilage! Hopefully a very speedy recovery! Thanx 4 the tweets".

Lions coach John Mitchell also told the Beeld newspaper that Strauss should be ready to tackle the KwaZulu-Natalians in their top-of-the-table clash in Johannesburg.

The Lions could further be boosted with the return of loose forward Wicus van Heerden, who missed the clash at Newlands due to a shoulder injury.

The defeat to WP was the Lions' first loss of the Currie Cup season, but Mitchell believes they can take a lot out of the loss.

"There are always lessons to be learned from any game. This time we admit that the execution in our kicking let us down.

"We didn't work hard enough (on the field). Thus, there are valuable lessons to be learned," said Mitchell.


  • Anneleen - 2011-08-23 08:24

    Lions vs Sharks...gonna be a cracker of a game...speedy recovery to all the injured players! Very well done to the Blue Bulls, Western Province, Sharks, Free State Cheetahs, and the Bokke for the weekend's results. ...and then of course, Sharks forever!!!

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-23 09:04

      Lions ALL the WAY!!!!!!!! Go Lions Go!!!! WP groete en SUPPORT!!!!

      Hansie - 2011-08-23 09:15

      Nee WPBLIKSEM man. 'n Ware WP ondersteuner ondersteun nie die Leeus nie!!!!!! Hehehehe

      Anneleen - 2011-08-23 09:35

      @WPBLIKSEM en Hansie...WP vir die Leeus...hoe dan nou?

      Shark-Chic - 2011-08-23 09:45

      Sharks.........and Pumas...... :-)

      Anneleen - 2011-08-23 10:05 are you doing? What are your thoughts about our up coming match against the Lions?

      Shark-Chic - 2011-08-23 11:39

      Shoud be tough away from home especially with the Lions playing so well at the moment, but hopefully we can come away with the win!! Will be nice to end the weekend top of the log!

      Anneleen - 2011-08-23 12:49

      @Shark-Chic...thanks for your will be indeed very good to be in the nr. 1 spot on that log...but, no matter who we play, i will always pick the Sharkies for a win on SuperBru...always great to talk to fellow Sharks-supporters!

      Shark-Chic - 2011-08-23 14:20 too. Although I am new to Super Bru...only my 3rd week this week! :-)

  • Slingervel - 2011-08-23 08:29

    Fantastic news!! Good to have you back Josh! The Lions must pull this one off against the Sharks! Come on Lions - do us proud again!

      Slingervel - 2011-08-23 08:34

      And also good to have Wickus back! What a player! Just what the doctor ordered to knock the Sharks over!

  • caleb69 - 2011-08-23 08:44

    Thats good news, but where is Doppies?. Cant we buy Sarel as we are struggling at number 9?

      Ragnar - 2011-08-23 13:29

      I agree, we really need n proper replacement for Jano, Bandisio is not getting the job done!

  • Carl Muller - 2011-08-23 08:46

    Ek is bly die man is terug, hy roer hulle!! Was hy hheltyd daar het die Leeus (dalk) gewen... Bulls forever...

  • heinmarushke - 2011-08-23 08:57

    YES YES, Strauss is the best Captian today and he is only 24 wow

  • Bennie - 2011-08-23 09:48

    Wat het julle verwag, dis Josh Strauss, sy ribbes kraak en breek nie!!!

  • supporter - 2011-08-23 10:12

    hopefully we don't get marius jonker as a ref again. he hates the lions. GO LIONS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jackool - 2011-08-23 10:32

    This guy should really be going to NZ for the WC.

  • Marius Swart - 2011-08-23 13:38

    Goeie nuus vir die Lions oor die twee spelers.Ek dink nie mense besef hoe goed Wikus is vir die span.Sal maar my gewig agter die Lions ingooi die naweek.Sharks is egter gevaarlike span maar die Lions sal honger wees na die verloor teen WP.Sterkte vir albei spanne

  • Draconian - 2011-08-23 16:38

    This is gonna be awesome!!!!! Can't wait for Saturday!!! I know my boytjies can do it!! Go you good things!!!!! make us proud, Lions forever!!!!! " GO LIONS!!!! "

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