Lions face scrumhalf crisis

2012-02-01 07:52

Cape Town - Pumas scrumhalf Tian Meyer is training with the Lions’ Super Rugby squad as two of the regional side’s scrumhalves are sidelined with injury.

Ross Cronjé and Whestley Moolman, who were respectively roped in from the Sharks and the Leopards in the off-season, will be out of action for at least a few weeks.

Cronjé is suffering from a finger injury while Moolman has a niggle in a tendon in his heel.

Since Jano Vermaak’s departure to the Bulls, Michael Bondesio has been the first-choice scrumhalf for coach John Mitchell's team.

He was the only scrumhalf included in the squad that lost 28-6 to the Stormers in Cape Town on Friday night.

Bondesio might have been one of the Lions’ stand-out performers, but questions regarding a suitable deputy for him remain.

Meyer, 23, has been used as a utility player for the Pumas for the last two seasons. He mainly plays as a scrumhalf, although Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse has employed him at centre in the past.

The Lions play their next pre-season match against the Kings in George on Tuesday, February 14.

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  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-01 08:04

    Nou kan Mitchell sy gat skop omdat hy Vermaak soos rubbish behandel het.

      Bootman - 2012-02-01 08:57

      Lets face it.......Jano Vermaak is rubbish and deserves to be at the Bulls. Bondesio's talent was clear for all to see and it must have been hell for him playing second fiddle to a brainless midget.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-01 09:02

      At least we don't have Bolla.

      Juan - 2012-02-01 10:47

      Ou bulldozer. Jy het mos baie te se van my agter jou skerm. Ou grote wat gaan Jano doen by julle? Die bench warmhou? Het jy ooit rugby gespeel?

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-01 10:59

      Ek het maar net op skool gespeel. Niks verder nie. Ek is seker hy en Hougie sal mooi rotate word. Nog iets?

      Raeez - 2012-02-02 09:12

      Well said Bootman. Agree with you 100%

      Louis - 2012-02-02 10:09

      Dink dis andersom, Vermaak het sy span soos rubbish gedrop. Maar dit het goed uitgewerk op die einde want ek dink Jano het so k%k gevoel toe die Leeus die cup wen, nou moet hy maar nog n paar jaar wag voor hy die cup kan vashou

  • Nick - 2012-02-01 13:24

    Tian Meyer - good player! As a Cheetahs supporter - I say all the best to the Lions - may you guys come 2nd only to the Cheetahs.. :) A strong Lions team is always good for SA rugby too.. :)

  • Robert - 2012-02-01 14:26

    I played with Tiaan at Harlequins in Durban, and as a Lions supporter I do believe that Tiaan has a bright future if he's given the chance to play for the Lions especially having a well educated and skill coordinated Coach such John Mitchell leading him

  • Paul - 2012-02-01 19:13

    When all else fails Doppies le Grange can play at 9. He grew up as a scrumhalf. Mitchell & Co always make a plan -- they won the Currie Cup without any locks.

  • Johan - 2012-02-01 19:18

    Bondesio, Doppies, geen probleem. Doppies het in currie beker n paar keer in scrumhalf posisie gestaan. Het goeie senters as hulle hom daar speel

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