Lions name side to face Chiefs

2012-05-02 12:22

Johannesburg - Lions coach John Mitchell has named his team to play in their Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Pukekohe on Saturday at 09:35 SA time.

There are five changes to the starting line-up from the team who played the Brumbies last weekend.

Franco van der Merwe replaces Hendrik Roodt at No 4 lock, with Ruan Botha his partner in the second row.

Derick Minnie replaces Cobus Grobbelaar at blindside flank while Grant Hattingh will get his first start for the Lions on the openside.

Ross Cronje starts at scrumhalf ahead of Tian Meyer who has been moved to the bench.




15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon Van Rensburg, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Franco Van der Merwe, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen/ JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 CJ Van der Linde, 18 Cobus Grobbelaar, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 James Kamana, 22 Michael Killian


  • Lionel - 2012-05-02 12:40

    Come on Lions,do us all a favour and kick some Chiefs @ss!!!!!!!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-02 12:47

      Aint never gonna happen, Lionel

      Lionel - 2012-05-02 12:48

      lol,remember those words Raven!!!! What you think of old Butch(you can call me stupid)James's ''attempt'' at a clear out Friday???

      Lionel - 2012-05-02 12:58

      Dire Straits,impressive Raven:):):)Lions are also in Dire Straits haha!!!!!!!!The amount of money he is earning at the Lions is sickening,could be spent on younger,willing to play players!!!! @Charles,one can only wish:):)

      Lionel - 2012-05-02 13:10

      Some things are best left unanswered lol

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-02 14:50

      Ja nee, di weepee spannetjie gan di' naweek hulle gatte sien en lelik verloor!!

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-02 12:45

    That photo of Lions coach is the same face we'll see when the Chiefs run over for their 10th unanswered try. 3 words come to mind for this game: ONE WAY TRAFFIC

      Saffa - 2012-05-02 13:21

      I get the impression that the Lions have accepted they will not be playing Superugby next year, and that the players are all busy planning and plotting their next career moves.....The thing is though: the players should STILL be committed to performing for the Lions - as no other franchise wants to buy quitters.....(ok, maybe the Kings..) Look at Grant Hattingh for the Lions: on debut, he was the BEST player on the park - delighted to be playing! The rest looked as though they would rather be at the dentists. Attitude.....attitude...attitude.

      Thomas - 2012-05-03 00:31

      That may be, but look at the bottom feeders " Blues" then the Lions and then look at the personel that each coach can put on the field!!!! Why are the Blues there with the talent they have??? We can see why the Lions are there, and SARU hasn't helped at all!! SARU has created a "KAMIKAZ" attitude in our derbys leading to a serious chance of more injuries with their inability to resolve the Kings fiasco!!!!

  • Schalk - 2012-05-02 12:59

    Weldone!!!! Charles Dumbwin.... cant agree more.

  • Nico - 2012-05-02 13:18

    We struggling with our tight 5, the injury to Wickus is putting us under pressure, but with Grant there we have another line-out option, so maybe we can get that firing this weekend. We must just keep onto possession and not give it away as in the previous games. GO LIONS!! cause the biggest upset this weekend and beat the Chiefs :)

      Jed - 2012-05-02 13:51

      Nico , I have no Idea why they even announce their side.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-02 13:56

      Nico it's only Wednesday, keep the double klippies in the cupboard until the weekend please?

      David - 2012-05-02 13:57

      Wickus has only played 10 min of Super Rugby, when he was tip tackled in the first game. So sad. Well I will be hoping/praying/begging/ pleading that we cause an upset.

      Nico - 2012-05-02 14:00

      @Dave absolutely!! but even if we get one or two bonus points from the game it will be very good, as the chiefs looks very good this year! remember the chiefs game 2 years ago? prob still the highest combine score for 2 teams in super rugby :) @blue, yeap, highly unlikely, but stranger things have happened, here is me hoping for one of the strangest :)

  • John - 2012-05-02 14:27

    The Lions are a joke and so is the coach. I struggle to get why Mitchell is held in such high regard. The bottom line is the Lions are poor at just about everything they do. Mitchell bitches about defense and lineouts but he's the guy doing the coaching. Good defensive lines are something that gets coached and drilled into the players at training. It does not happen automatically during a game. Nobody is calling the moves and they dont back eachother on defense. Poor coaching....

      Frisk - 2012-05-02 16:14

      I have to agree John. He keeps on changing the forwards, the guys never get to play because he keeps on changing the team, so they don't get used to each other. The lineouts were actually working for once, last week, although that didn't help in the end. Rather work on the guys and the tactical issues and let them play than changing them every single game. This is not supposed to be try outs... we're in the crucial times now! I think pressure is not working well with Mitchell at all!

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