Rookie Lions to face Russians

2013-01-17 14:13

Johannesburg - Lions coach Johan Ackermann has announced his team to take on the Russian Bears in the inaugural Lions Challenge match at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 19:00.

Enter the Sport24 SuperBru Super Rugby challenge!

Five players in the starting line-up will be making their Lions debuts, with a further six on the bench representing the Johannesburg franchise for the first time.


15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Deon Helberg, 13. Stokkies Hanekom*, 12. Harold Vorster*, 11. Anthony Volmink, 10. Lionel Cronjé*, 9. Michael Bondisio, 8. Willie Britz, 7. Derick Minnie, 6. Warwick Tecklenburg*, 5. Franco Mostert*, 4. Hendrik Roodt, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Martin Bezuidenhout, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg (captain)

Substitutes: 16. Francois du Toit, 17. Jacques van Rooyen*, 18. Jacques Kotze*, 19. Hugo Kloppers*, 20. Claude Tshibibi*, 21. Ross Cronjé, 22. Marnitz Boshoff*, 23. Ruhan Nel*

* On debut for the Lions.


  • derrick.villiers - 2013-01-17 14:33

    COME ON LIONS!!!!!!!!

      derrick.villiers - 2013-01-17 14:33

      we a team of merit and not politics!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2013-01-17 15:29

      Unleashed the Lions right?Still a very competitive side the lions are,despite habitually finishing last on the Super Rugby log for years on end.I guess the Southern Kings can't be any worse than that I'd imagine.Warren Whitely,Bondesio,Rose Cronje,Alwyn Hollenbach,Jaco Kriel,Derick Minnie and Warwick Tecklenburg could make it into any CC/Super Rugby side.They were just seconds away from CC final last year,which shows you how competitive they'll be this season in the CC.Pity their finances got mucked up big time.

  • wilhelmina.rautenbach - 2013-01-17 14:49

    Come on Lions show all the other teams we are still champions

      brian.dureuck - 2013-01-17 15:13

      hou jy maar net by stryk, kos maak en 7de laan pop ... los die rugby vir die manne en die KINGS!!! EP KINGS ON THE RISE!!!!

      darryl.farmer.79 - 2013-01-17 15:42

      @brian lol like craig davids song goes " the RISE & FALL"

      wehan.victor - 2013-01-17 15:56

      Brian Watse snaakse fototjie is daai op jou facebook, en jy wil praat oor rugby manne? Kings gaan laaste eindig pel.

  • robertrobbie.mallinson - 2013-01-17 15:04

    Lekker Hugo Kloppers! Maak seer!

  • compos.mentis.58 - 2013-01-17 15:09

    Well at least they would be interested in playing Rugby, nor prancing and preening on the field, trying to pose for photo opportunities. Go Lions.

  • brian.dureuck - 2013-01-17 15:12

    GO RUSSIA!!!!!

  • brian.dureuck - 2013-01-17 15:15

    1 uit 15 en 2 uit 23 is gekleurde spelers - dan moan hulle oor die Kings wat nie transformasie toepas soos belowe nie ????? o ja ... EP KINGS ON THE RISE!!!

      bloudaan.blou - 2013-01-17 15:38

      @brian.dureuck Dis die Kings wat sulke beloftes aan die swart spelers gemaak het, nie die Lions nie. Jy weet en verstaan duidelik baie min as ek al jou kommentare so kyk :-)

      darryl.farmer.79 - 2013-01-17 15:45

      jy klink soos n moerse racist bro...........stop talking about players of colors just as long as everyone is south african.........EP KINGS ON THE RISE & FALL join our page :

  • lesbeen - 2013-01-17 15:40

    Is dit Brian of brain-dead? Die Lions het nie die commitment gemaak van transformasie nie... Die Kings het!! Julle het met die claim gekom van transformasie en hope swart talent waarvan julle 1 in die final van die !-afdeling game gehad het!!! Julle claim to fame is julle ongelooflike plaaslike swart rugby talent... Ons sal maar sien ne?

  • robert.reeve.7564 - 2013-01-17 15:46

    Don't underestimate the Ruskies - they've got the bomb!

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2013-01-17 16:04

    GO LIONS!!! Great to see these youngsters coming through while many of our seasoned players are on loan to other provinces getting more experience there. This year we take back the CC!

      mark.polley.336 - 2013-01-17 17:21

      Isak, Absolutely nothing to do with you, keep your senseless drivel of this Lions blog.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2013-01-17 18:14

      @Isak How is that new flyhalf panning out for you? And your full-back? Nice to see your support for the Union who lent them to you though, your class is showing early this year!

      diana.gill.18 - 2013-01-17 18:57

      What is wrong with you all? Its just a game, not a WWII battle field. Enjoy it and respect each other.

      pat.martin.5036 - 2013-01-18 10:38

      I agree, and one of your players i'm really looking forward to seeing play for the Bulls is Lionel Mayor.

      pat.martin.5036 - 2013-01-18 10:41

      Sorry, Mapoe. Damn spellcheck!

  • alan.ingram.355 - 2013-01-17 16:22

    Go for it LIONS show SA what you are made off ! This is not the first time Lions have been down and out, but have picked themselves up and started over.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2013-01-17 19:00

    I expect a surprise game as the Bears showed a lot of guts last Monday. Go Russia and big cheers for the Lions!

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      pat.martin.5036 - 2013-01-18 10:44

      I can't wait to see the Lions Klap the Kings in a warmup match!

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