Lions eye Stormers scalp

2012-06-28 14:45

Johannesburg - Lions captain Joshua Strauss says they are determined to claim the scalp of the Stormers in Saturday's Super Rugby clash at Newlands.

This follows last week's revelation by the Golden Lions Rugby Union that coach John Mitchell had been suspended pending an investigation into his conduct towards players.

"Everyone is focused on Saturday. We know we've got a tough task ahead of us," Strauss said on Thursday.

"The Stormers are a very good team and it is a game that we really want to win as a team and we are going to win it for each other."

He said the team had a fairly normal build-up to the weekend, despite the controversy surrounding the coach's suspension.

"The guys have been training really well, especially on Tuesday was a great training day and the feeling in the camp is great."

Strauss felt the three-week hiatus from Super Rugby, during the inbound England tour, might have dampened some of the momentum they got from their victory over the Sharks before the break.

"Looking at the pros and cons, I think we would have liked to take that momentum into the next week, and we had the three week break for the Springbok Tests," he said.

"I think it was a brilliant game for us, especially looking back at the season that we've had injury and loss wise."

However, he said the team remained in positive spirits after the 38-28 victory over the Sharks at Ellis Park.

"The feeling in the camp is still very good. The guys are pumped," he said.

"We take great confidence out of a win like that, especially against a strong team like the Sharks -- a team that is really a contender for the semis, final etcetera."

Interim coach Johan Ackermann said at the team announcement on Thursday that it was encouraging to have some continuity in selection, as he made only two changes to the run-on side.

"It is good to know you've got the same loose trio, same locks, same nine and 10 and centres for a change. It keeps the continuity going," said Ackermann.

Prop JC Janse van Rensburg replaces CJ van der Linde, who could play off the bench provided he passes a late fitness test.

In the only other change to the starting XV, Jacobie Adriaanse replaces injured Pat Cilliers at tighthead prop.



15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Siya Kolisi, 7 Don Armand, 6 Tyrone Holmes, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Deon Carstens

Substittues: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Quinn Roux, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Louis Schrueder, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Bryan Habana


15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Butch James, 11 Anthonie Volminck, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 CJ van der Linde/Ruaan Dreyer, 18 Ruan Botha, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Michael Bondesio, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Ruan Combrinck


  • harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 14:50

    Go Lions!!! You can do it!!!

      anwar.addinall - 2012-06-28 20:33

      So can the cheetahs.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-06-28 22:47

      They gonna skin the Viskoppe like a Apache...

  • orrinf8 - 2012-06-28 14:52

    join the queue 'kitties' .. THE MIGHTY STORMERS do not succumb to idle threats .. BRING IT, ONS WAG VIR JULLE :)

      Tom - 2012-06-28 14:53

      should be another awesome snoozefest

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 15:05

      I'll be watching Friday night's leftover pasta, heating up in the microwave. Should be more exiting.

      rohann.olivier.1 - 2012-06-28 15:06

      @harold, cause that is the most exciting thing to do in PTA if the bulls are not playing

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-06-28 15:08

      Harold, wow, then your commenting on the stormers should also be stopping soon? I mean, there is only so much you can say about left-over pizza. oh, joyous day...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 15:10

      Maybe, but it sure beats watching the Stormers defend for 80 minutes.

      orrinf8 - 2012-06-28 15:12

      oh no, it's DUMB AND DUMBER !! everyone knows that you 2 are DROOLING to watch the AWESOME STORMERS play rugby, because your team has lost the plot, 3rd season running!! 'building phase' - that, THE GREAT STORMERS leave for pre-season !! :)

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 15:20

      Frans, I said nothing about pizza.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-06-28 15:24

      @orrinf8 , "because your team has lost the plot, 3rd season running!!" The Bulls won the Super 14 ,2010. Maths is a bitch hey?

      Tom - 2012-06-28 15:25

      i will probably not be watching - got some paint to watch drying

      orrinf8 - 2012-06-28 15:43

      @maak: potato - potARto ;) AC STORMERS = GREAT TEAM

      P.J. - 2012-06-28 15:44

      Tom is probably sniffing the paint instead of watching it dry!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-06-28 16:35

      @irrinf, Potato, potahto ?

      orrinf8 - 2012-06-28 16:41

      tomato - tomaaahhhto !! what's your point sausage !! SSSTTTOOORRRMMMEEERRRSSS

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-06-28 23:23

      @Tom. Like you snoozed BOTH times the Stormers suffocated the "mighty" Pienk Pansies to a point where they started to resemble their old shade of blue again?

  • Claude - 2012-06-28 14:54

    A somewhat depleted Stormers team should still be good enough to beat the Lions at Newlands. The problem is a wounded wild dog with its back to the wall is rather dangerous.

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-06-28 15:01

    Waarom speel julle nog teen die strompies? Weet julle nie dat hulle alreeds die beker gewen het nie, altans hulle supporters dink so!

  • henk.venter.754 - 2012-06-28 15:02

    met julle swak dissipline van die veld af en op die oefenveld en julle patetiese bestuur by die glru was julle laaste wen beslis teen die sharks gewees!

  • steveroodt - 2012-06-28 15:16

    A bit to late Guy's Rather not pitch and save some cash your union need's as much money as it can get i believe the Vodacom cup is expensive

      steveroodt - 2012-06-28 18:07

      True Blue was just stating when you are down you are down management problems are not easy to overcome Lions will run out of steam by half time will try to impress in the first half causing them problems later in the game

  • luke.sportify - 2012-06-28 15:26

    Lions are a pretty tough side in SA derby's but play like pussies on the road Should be a great game GO LIONS!!!

  • deon.fouche.3 - 2012-06-28 15:49

    Ai Baartman, sou ook seker beter vir julle gewees het as julle n game op papier kon wen deur jou praatjies voor die tyd.. Moet seker maar sleg wees om elke Saterdag so alles te probeer en STEEDS te verloor! Danksy die Sharks wat julle onderskat het en hulle patetiese verdediging op die dag, sou julle daai wedstryd ook verloor het. Hoop jy het daai wedstryd getype teen die Sharks want dit is al wat julle sal kan wen die jaar... tensy julle dalk die bulle kan wen die 14 Julie??

  • Jimi - 2012-06-28 15:51

    Dream on son!

  • Christiaan - 2012-06-28 16:09

    as die kat "gefire" is, dan is die klomp muise arrogant!vodacom cup bo!!!!!!!!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-06-28 16:23

      vodacom cup bo? now this is desperate !

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 16:58

      Maak, they are still the 'proud' owners of the Choice cup as well.

  • Hallo - 2012-06-28 16:12

    As a Lions supporter, I think Josh is smoking his beard.

      tobias.strydom - 2012-06-28 18:16

      HAhA briljAnt

  • Ashley - 2012-06-28 16:27


      Tom - 2012-06-28 16:32

      bulls - 3 stormers - 0 thats super rugby trophies

      Christiaan - 2012-06-28 16:32

      ons praat oor die katjies, duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

      Tom - 2012-06-28 16:50

      ed zakiri

      dawiej - 2012-06-28 18:40

      Tom, stil in the past i see, have to brag about what you have achieve, not what you can do now ? Shame. Your current bulls to flou these past few years ?

      Tom - 2012-06-28 20:30

      so smug but nothing to show for it

      anwar.addinall - 2012-06-28 20:38

      Don't you have a date with Jerry?

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-06-28 23:31

      @Tom. Go look at your trophy cabinet: 0-0. How many Super Rugby trophies CURRENTLY stands in the Loftus cabinet? We're not talking about long forgotten history. I can easlily go back to how many Currie Cups in a row, how many Currie Cup titles, etc. Just tell us how many times the Pienk Pansies won against the Stormers this year.

  • ryan.q.debeer - 2012-06-28 16:34

    Respect, I am a big stormers fan and I take my hat off if the lions pull this off and I know things are tough in the lions camp but the stormers will never back down. I do not see the stormers loose the game on Saturday, so I will say good luck to the lions and fore all stormers fans it will be a 20 point win or more it depends on how ruthless the stormers is going to be, the stormers must have a motto perhaps... I know " WE DON'T TAKE NO PRISONERS !!!"

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-28 19:14

      Ryan, the Stormers have been playing one-half games for the past couple of rounds. Maybe the Lions get unlucky this Saturday and get a full 80 minutes from the Stormers. If not then that 20 point win may be a little optimistic. I recall similar predictions when the Stormers came to Jo'burg and they ended up hanging in for the slight win!

  • Cavin - 2012-06-28 16:36

    If the Stormers keep the game as tight as they usually do then I do not forsee a problem. If I was a Bulls supporter (when hel freezes over) I would be more worried about the game against the Cheetahs. They are always dangerous and will knock off any team on the day that they click as a team. From a SHARK supporter.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-06-28 16:49

      True, Cavin - I remember going to Loftus to watch a game between the Bulls and the Cheetahs a few years ago, when the cheetahs caused a massive upset and beat the Bulls.. Having said that, I will be supporting the Bulls and the Stormers this weekend. We need to have as many SA sides in the play-offs as possible, and it would therefore suit us if the Bulls win. As hard as it is for me to say that... lol I think the Bulls/Sharks game next weekend will be crucial, and if the Bulls win against the Cheetahs, they could probably afford a loss to the Sharks and still make the play-offs. You don't want the Bulls to HAVE to win a game... they are very dangerous then.

      Cavin - 2012-06-28 17:05

      I would also like atleast 2 SA sides in the semi's. I'd prefer it to be the SHARKS though. But yes a Bulls win would do a lot of good to keep them in contention. The SHARKS should move back to number 6 after this weekend as I doubt the Crusaders will loose against the Hurricanes. Then it will be the big derby to decide who will play against who in the play offs.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-28 19:15

      No reason it can't be all three, especially with the NZ sides all playing each other in these last rounds. A draw or two there would be nice...

      anwar.addinall - 2012-06-28 20:53

      Well, Cheetahs to win this week, the Sharks to beat them next week and then the Lions will finish them off in 2 weeks time.

  • siyolise.matyila - 2012-06-28 17:21

    Bye lions, Hala to the MIGHTY KINGS!!!

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-28 19:16

      Beware, this is what the Sharks thought. In fact the Sharks may have done the Stormers and Bulls a huge favour losing that game!

      rey.spies - 2012-06-28 21:19

      Mighty Kings that can't even win the vodacom cup???

  • herman.vermaak.77 - 2012-06-28 19:17

    Josh plse wake up. You do not have the personnel to pose a threat to Stormers and 4 u to lead a revolt , if true, is not what you were taught at Maties. Mitchell did try his best with your incompetent personnel. Why do Bulls get all the young stars and you have nothing better than mediocrity! I truly believe that Lions have become a haven for those who are talented but unable to cross the line into Superrugby standard .my friend were you not one of those?

  • ChrisinOz294 - 2012-06-28 23:17

    I'm confident the Stormers will win. But they should be ready for a fired up Lion side. Turmoil like this can easily fire up a team and make them stand together much more. It's not going to be a walk in the park for the Stormers, but I believe they will win.

      springbokke - 2012-06-29 12:48

      @ Chrisinoz294........never, never underestimate a team , esp. like the Lions , who have nothing to loose...I've seen stranger thing happen.

  • Johan - 2012-06-29 07:06

    Who are the Stormers again?

      mvw74 - 2012-06-29 07:55

      johan when are you going to wake up the season is almost over boet!

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-06-29 08:24

      @Johan - understandable comment. I mean, you are probably not used to looking at the top of the log... You are looking for them at the wrong end of the log, boet...

  • will.bains.50 - 2012-06-30 04:41

    Please Lions u know what is going to happen. One swallow does not make a summer.

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