Lions change for Durban visit

2012-03-07 12:55

Johannesburg - Lions coach John Mitchell made four changes to his starting lineup against the Sharks in their Super Rugby match in Durban on Saturday.

The Johannesburg side suffered a number of injuries to the team which lost 30-28 to the Hurricanes last week.

JC Janse van Rensburg has been ruled out for approximately six weeks and CJ van der Linde is also out for three to four weeks.

“Losing two looseheads in twenty minutes, and not being able to scrummage against the Hurricanes was a factor in our last performance because we were scrumming very well," said Mitchell in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

"But, those are the cards we have been dealt.”

Jacobie Adriaanse makes his first start of the competition at tight-head prop and Patric Cilliers comes in as loose-head prop for the injured Van Rensburg.

“We are very fortunate to have players like Jacobie who's played a lot of rugby for us now," Mitchell said, highlighting the depth in the squad.

"And Pat [Cilliers] has the ability to play both sides.”

Butch James was selected at inside centre ahead of Alwyn Hollenbach, who moves to the bench.

Mitchell reasoned that James, a former Sharks player, would be more motivated for the clash.

“It's more just horses for courses in Durban," he said.

"The decision has nothing to do with Alwyn's game."

James could be called upon to help Elton Jantjies with kicking duties and Mitchell admitted it was a factor.

In other changes, Marius Coetzer starts ahead of Stephan Greef at lock.

On the bench, Caylib Oosthuizen has been included for the injured Van der Linde.





15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies La Grange, 12 Butch James, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss (captain), 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Marius Coetzer, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Patric Cilliers

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Stephan Greef, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Alwyn Hollenbach, 22 James Kamana


  • Blou-Daan - 2012-03-07 13:00

    Sterkte Lions. Ek dink nie dit gaan maklik wees nie maar ons weet julle kan as julle regtig wil.

      Henri - 2012-03-07 13:19

      dankie Blou Daan, ek sal n brannas ingou vir jou bulletjies die naweek, net die eenkeur hoor !!!!!

      Blou-Daan - 2012-03-07 13:46

      @Zoolie Dankie my maat, ek drink nou nie maar ek sal ook n vrugtesappie op die Leeus neem :-) Ek hoop ook daai Cheetahs verbaas ons Saterdagoggend.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-07 14:23

      Izak: Die fout wat die Sharks gemaak het met die Currie Cup final was juis om al hul springbokke te speel. Die oukies het in die finaal gekom sonder hulle en hulle moes die span net dieselfde gehou het. Die insluiting van die springbokke het die hele span se samehang negatief beinvloed. Dink nie die Lions gaan hierdie keer die mas opkom nie. Voorspel 'n Sharks wen op hul tuis veld. Sterkte aan albei spanne, sien uit na 'n goeie wedstryd. Stormers Groete

  • Nico - 2012-03-07 13:02

    so we still struggling to get an able replacement for Wicus :( This game will be determined by the tight 5 upfront, the loosies and backlines are pretty much on par. Do think the Lions tight-5 might just edged the Sharks as they did in the CC final :) And hope Butch put in some BIG tackles!! GO LIONS!!!

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  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-07 13:30

    Baie moeilik om in Durban te wen ai kan maar net duim vashou!

  • hudds - 2012-03-07 13:47

    The little fishies are going to eaten by the Lions this weekend!! Lets have a repeat of the CC final.. Will be there in stands to support you lads!!

  • Martin - 2012-03-07 14:13

    Come on LIONS give the sharks a rugby lesson. You have the players and the coach to go all the way this year.START ON SATURDAY. LIONS RULE.

  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-07 14:14

    Actually Cilliers impressed me thus far.. think he can still improve quite a bit.

  • Denzil - 2012-03-07 14:50

    It seem to me that the sharkies are a bit confused at number 9 and with a lot of niggles; I don’t think they are established in who is playing where. Seems to be struggling in the centre department. Think the lions is going to kill the sharkies on defence. I think the team that kicks best out of hand is going to be victorias. Go lions..!!!

  • Petrus - 2012-03-07 15:08

    Tyronne, you sound like one of those typical Shark supporters that has been to Durban for holiday, liked the place and now support them (you probably haven't even been to Kings Park). Anyway, good for SA rugby that a former B-league side like the Sharks are also playing competitive rugby. Roar my currie cup champs, roar!

      Lion - 2012-03-07 18:19

      Yes Petrus ...and to be relegated soon to make way for the Kings

      Sean - 2012-03-08 00:26

      Enjoy your last year of Super Rugby ! Go Sharks !

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