Lions ring changes

2012-03-22 13:12

Johannesburg - The Lions on Thursday made four changes to the team that faces the Stormers in their Super Rugby match at Coca-Park on Saturday.

Regular fullback Jaco Taute makes a positional shift to outside centre with Doppies la Grange moving to his inside.

Taute’s place will be filled by James Kamana.

Lions coach John Mitchell was forced to change his midfield combination after Alwyn Hollenbach was injured.

Newcomer Andries Coetzee will make his debut in Super Rugby with Michael Killian shifting out of the starting XV onto the bench.

The Lions have a new half-back combination with Butch James partnering the Pumas scrumhalf Tian Meyer, who replaces Michael Bondesio.



15 James Kamana, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Andries Coetzee, 10 Butch James, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss (captain), 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Marius Coetzer, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Stephan Greeff, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Michael Killian, 22 Ruan Combrinck


15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Gerhard van den Heever


  • WP - 2012-03-22 13:20

    Stormers by 30 to 50 points, may-be a new Super Rugby record.

      Saffa - 2012-03-22 13:46

      Somehow I doubt it @Isak. The Lions may be weakened a little, but they still have a few classy classy players who could make the Stormers lives hell. Lest we forget that our Stormers have a few weaknesses of their own at this stage of the competition. The Stormers 'should' win, on paper, but as this game has taught us - the only thing certain in rugby, is that the clock startswhen the ref blows his whistle - everything else is pure speculation.

      BlouMasjien - 2012-03-22 14:01

      @wp, Julle hou nog die rekord vir die meeste jare sonder enige bekers, maar as n mens na jou en sakkie luister het julle nog nooit n 'game' verloor nie. Go LIONS !

      Paul - 2012-03-22 14:09

      First learn to spell short words before you make long predictions

      Papa-storm - 2012-03-22 14:13

      Ek stem saam so n average van 40 punte in stormers se guns

  • WP - 2012-03-22 13:21


  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-03-22 13:24

    Go LIONS !!!

  • Bennie - 2012-03-22 13:26

    I like the centre combination! @WP humble pie is ook 'n lekka ding!

      WP - 2012-03-22 13:33

      @Bennie, I am with you on this one,13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers , great combo!

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-22 13:45

      I have to agree Bennie. Doppies has always been kliphard defensively and Taute has a lot of attacking ability. Is this the first time they combine in the midfield? If it is it might take them a while to gel as a combo. Unfortunately, with a bit of bias (but just a bit) I'm going to say even if it makes for good reading, Jean and Juan to have the upperhand. STORMERS!

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-22 14:42

      Taute played at outside centre for SA u/20 and was very good there.. Stormrs shouldnt take this side lightly at all!

  • Nico - 2012-03-22 13:31

    GO LIONS!!!

  • Paulus - 2012-03-22 13:31

    i think we will see coetzee moving to fullback and kamana to the wing, now we have a good kicker aswell. Taute to show how shocking the WP centres defence in fact is. Mr Jean "ek wil nie tackle want my hare kry seer".

      Hanjo - 2012-03-22 13:39

      duidelik het jy nie Mr Jean teen die Blues gesien nie, sy verdediging was uitstekend. en Juan is een van die beste verdedigers in wereld moer, die Stormers is vir die afgelope twee jaar al die top Super Rugby span wat verdediging betref...

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-22 13:46

      Verkeerde 12 Paulus, jy praat van meisiekind olivier

      Saffa - 2012-03-22 13:48

      @Paulus - Did you watch last weeks game? Jean was immense on defence (granted it was his best game in yonks - but his tackling was superb) In fact the Stormers missed the least tackles out of all the teams last weekend - 5 in total. So a little credit where it is due - dankie.

      Sharksfever - 2012-03-22 13:57

      Have to agree Paulus, Juan and Jean is formidable on defense. Good on attack. What I can also say is that Doppies and Taute is equally as good. In all honousty I think the Lions will lose this game by a few points and I believe through penalties due to your tight five not being as strong as the Stormers tight five.

      Papa-storm - 2012-03-22 14:14

      damn right isak

      Derrick - 2012-03-22 20:19

      @Isak-I would love to see you have the balls to call Derrick Minnie a poofter to his face.

      Derrick - 2012-03-23 07:29

      @Isak-as usual you miss the point completely- the fact that he is in your opinion an unknown should in no way prevent you from being man enough to question his sexuality to his face- easy to hide behind a keyboard

  • lourens.jordaan - 2012-03-22 13:35

    Dit is baie jammer dat die Lions so baie beserings het want hulle is eintlik n baie goeie span.Hoop regtig dat hulle beserings gou iets van die verlede sal wees en dat hulle weer binnekort met n vol strekte span sal kan speel.Ek dnk die Stormers behooert te wen Saterdag maar glo nie dit gaan n weghardloop telling wees nie.

      Facts - 2012-03-22 13:54

      Dit is lekker om te sien dat daar ander mense in dieselfde provinsie is met goeie Sportman-gees. Ek hoop ook die Lions se probleme eindig vinnig. Dit is steeds 'n span wat hulle alles gee. Sterkte Stormers, hou julle koppe op julle skouers en mag die beserings spook wegbly van ons span vir solank as moontlik. Dit gaan 'n lekker game wees.

  • Colin - 2012-03-22 13:41

    It will won upfront! And watch out for the Lions centre's ( Taute and Doppies ) I see a lot of gaps where Taute will get through. Lions !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RockChick - 2012-03-22 13:42

    LoL - dumb people supports only one team! I support players, not teams!

      Heiku - 2012-03-22 13:49

      We can't all be groupies.

      Saffa - 2012-03-22 13:51

      @Rockchick: are you serious? So you pick out all the 'hot' players and support them? Oh dear maggots and membranes - little wonder women have a hard time convincing people they are serious rugga fans. Hardenthef@rkup berrytart.

      RockChick - 2012-03-22 14:16

      No I actually pick the best players a.k.a. the Springboks. I love good competition between the provincial teams. If a SA team plays against NZ or Aus team in the S15 I always support the SA team. I bet I know more about rugga and cricket then most men. No wonder I top my Superbru log at work... I know my stuff. How dare you call me a berrytart SAFFA, you a Bulls supporter? They usually quick with their dirty comments.

      Heiku - 2012-03-22 14:35

      Even worse RockChick, Saffa supports the Blues.

      Heiku - 2012-03-22 14:37

      Sorry ignore my previous comment. Just realised this is the internet so no chance of a boob popping out in a chick fight

      Saffa - 2012-03-22 14:39

      No, Saffa supports the Stormers......(and THEN the Blues.....) @Berrychicky - why all 'touchy'? You're the one who came on here and called folk DUMB for supporting teams and not individuals......tsk tsk.

      RockChick - 2012-03-22 14:46

      Well, I am entiteled to my opinion and you to yours. One cannot be one dimentional now days. Like I said, I like good competition. Thats all - now go back to work.

      RockChick - 2012-03-22 14:47

      SAFFA - The Stormers happens to be one of my favourite SA teams to support. Like on saturday, I will be supporting them and not the Lions. So stop calling your fellow supporter names.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-22 14:55

      Wow, it seems lady bloggers are on the increase.

      coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-03-22 15:10

      @ RockChick, excuse some of the idiots on here. Most of them prob took to chess and computers at school so have massive issues when it comes to sport. Think they use these pages as part of their therapy to become involved

  • Sharksfever - 2012-03-22 14:02

    Both teams look great. I just don't think the Lions have the tigh five to control the Stormers. I see at least 6-9 points as a result of collapsed malls by the Lions. Therefore Stomers will win by about 5-8. However if the Lions are taken lightly and they play as a team no one can beat them.

  • coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-03-22 14:55

    Some rather optomistic clueless scores on here... Stormers will be lucky to win by 15

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-22 15:07

      Patric, almost as clueless as saying their going to win by 3 as neither you nor I can predict the future.

  • ploock1 - 2012-03-22 15:26

    Isak u r a tipical cape town idiot u prob have as much teath as brains\

      derrick.dawson - 2012-03-22 16:17

      How can you call someone an idiot when you cannot even spell properly?

  • Priester - 2012-03-22 17:04

    Go Lions! You have the heart and ability to smear the papsakke! Blou Bul Groete!

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