Doppies faces lengthy lay-off

2012-03-27 11:14

Johannesburg - Hopes of what was supposed to be the turnaround in the Lions’ Super Rugby season are now fading fast amidst a major injury crisis.

The newest player on the sidelines is experienced centre and vice-captain Doppies la Grange. He had surgery on his elbow on Monday and could face a lay-off of up to three months.

He left the field clutching his injured elbow in the 64th minute on Saturday's match against the Stormers at Coca-Cola Park.

La Grange’s injury means the Lions’ supply of centres has all but been exhausted with all their other specialist centres either injured in pre-season or recent matches. They are Alwyn Hollenbach, Waylon Murray and Dylan des Fountain.

Only Hollenbach does not have a long-term injury.

The Lions’ options are to keep fullback Jaco Taute at centre where he played in the nail-biting defeat to the Stormers.

Youngster Ruan Combrinck, who came on as a substitute against the Stormers, is also an option.

Butch James can also play at centre, a logical move if Elton Jantjies is fit to face the Crusaders this weekend.

Jantjies was back in training on Monday after a foot injury kept him on the sidelines. Scrumhalf Michael Bondesio could also be back in contention after recovering from a thigh injury.

Lions captain Josh Strauss should be fit to play despite fears he suffered a concussion after leaving the field against the Stormers.


  • Jason - 2012-03-27 11:19

    OK his elbow, the strongest bone in your body!!!! Not against the Stormers apparently! lol now im sure i will be abused!

      Lionel - 2012-03-27 11:28

      Be strong boet be

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-27 13:25

      Lol Jason this is rugby not american football, very easy to break something no matter how strong it is

      Lion - 2012-03-27 16:34

      Jason... The brain is the most complex organ in the body... Obviously not in your case!!!

      Jason - 2012-03-27 17:07

      hahahahahaha my brain is just fine thanks. Thats just the kind of personal attack i was expecting, thanks for not letting me down!

      Lion - 2012-03-27 18:02

      Jason... All in good spirit old chap!!!

  • Lionel - 2012-03-27 11:29

    Eish,the poor Lions!!!!!!!!Still hope you guys give the Saders a good go!!!!

      Jason - 2012-03-27 11:31


      Lion - 2012-03-27 16:35

      We will eat them alive Lionel!!!

  • TinaandDanie Roos - 2012-03-27 12:14

    I'm beginning to smell a rat... The injury list keeps growing and no one is returning... What happened to Wikus who was only supposed to be off for two weeks... Being South Africa ( the country where anything is possible) could it be that players are paid off not to play... Why? So the Lions drop out of the Super15 and make way for Southern Kings.... Just saying...

      andriescombrinck - 2012-03-27 12:31

      That's probably the most stupid conspiracy theory I've ever heard.

      Pieter - 2012-03-27 13:05

      I agree with Andy, cannot believe I have just read this!

      Jason - 2012-03-27 13:18

      Didn't think that one through properly, typing for the sake of typing. But what can you expect when you have lost your individualism to such an extent that you don't even have your own FB page!

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-27 13:21

      I think the rat is close to you so you can't think properly while you typing! To scared it might bite you in the ass!

      TinaandDanie Roos - 2012-03-27 13:53

      Ag nou kyk net hoe lekker gesels almal nou saam.... Lions by 5 this weekend!

      Hendrik - 2012-03-27 14:46

      I like your sense of "drama". As you say anything is possible in this great country of ours. Right now the Cheetahs and Lions are in a tight battle to try and finish bottom. If they don't catch a wake-up the Sharks could be in on that same fight soon. Maybe we all need to pin our hopes on the Bulls & Stormers to salvage some pride for S.A. rugby.

      Lion - 2012-03-27 16:37

      And my grandmother is a fairy... Wake up Tappit!!!

      Lion - 2012-03-27 17:02

      That rat brain they transplanted on you is not working my friend. The made a mistake by connecting your nose to your brain. That's why you are smelling a rat. Plank!!!

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-27 13:10

    Sighhhh as ons die crusaders met die verminkte span wen dan voel ek jammer vir die ander spanne as al ons ouens terugkom, gaan dan net te laat wees dink ek.

      Lion - 2012-03-27 16:47

      Moenie vrees nie Firehawk... Die leeus het gewys wat in hulle steek met 'n "gelapte" span. Ons het op die veld gestoot wat ons kon en het amper 'n groot upset veroorsaak. Jy moet onthou... die beseringspook het ons begin ry voor ons manne behoorlik kon gel. Dis 'n groot ontwrigting. Dit vat gewoonlik 1 of 2 games voordat 'n span mekaar "voel" op die veld. Ons was in al ons games sover baie naby gewees en het op die ou end die bus gemis omdat daardie klein bietjie op die ou end gekort het. Ons staatmakers is vroeg beseer en kon nie behoolik die wa aan die gang kry nie. Verstaan my mooi. Ek soek nie verskonings en geldige redes vir die games wat ons verloor het nie. Dis nou maar so. Die telbord praat aan die einde en verloor is verloor. Ek dink na Saterdag teen die Stormers sal die manne bietjie meer glo in hulleself. Jy kan 'n committed Leeu span verwag op die veld teen die Crusaders en ek voorspel 'n LEEU wen die naweek. John Mitchell is 'n Yster en hy sal die beste uit die manne uithaal op die dag. Hy ken die Kiwi's en weet waar om hulle slae te gee.

  • Andre - 2012-03-27 13:22

    Groter squads en benches dalk die oplossing??? Maar daar is seker net soveel kwaliteit spelers om die gaping te vul en net soveel geld om hulle te betaal. Reds en Lions loop erg deur met beserings maar dit kan met enige span gebeur!!! Fikste en sterkste span sal bo eindig 4de Aug!!!

  • BlouMasjien - 2012-03-27 15:17

    Dit baie jammer, hy is puik.

  • TinaandDanie Roos - 2012-03-27 19:22

    Lion.... Jy klink soos 'n ou tannie met 'n nat broekie wat gesig poeier gesnuif het. Jy moet sterk wees ou grote... Jy is nie die skerpste mes in die laai nie maar dis OK, jy is steeds welkom hier...

  • Dewald - 2012-03-28 07:54

    Die Lions is Hond K#k.

      derikbench - 2012-03-28 12:13

      Ek wonder maar net hoe sou die Bulle / Haaie / Stormers / Cheetahs gevaar het met so baie beserings? Ek verneem ons beseringslys staan nou al op 15? Tog kon geen span ons tot dusver oortuigend wen nie (behalwe MISKIEN die Sharks wat met 14 punte gewen het teen ons gelapte span).

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