Pat adds Lions front row bite

2012-03-20 09:40

Johannesburg -The return of Pat Cilliers to the Lions front row will add extra bite before Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Stormers, but some adjustment to the team is necessary.

John Mitchell and his coaching staff will only announce the team that will take on the Capetonians at Coca-Cola Park on Thursday hoping to give injured players time to recover.

Cilliers’s return after a stomach bug will ease the Lions’ crisis at prop, but several cracks in the backline need to be filled after injuries to Elton Jantjies and Alwyn Hollenbach.

Hollenbach’s thigh injury is not believed to be serious, but Jantjies’s foot injury might keep him on the sidelines for several weeks.

The logical solution could be to select Butch James at flyhalf and Doppies la Grange at inside centre with a vacancy then opening up at outside centre.

With the obvious choice for the position, Lionel Mapoe, out injured, wing Deon van Rensburg and fullback Jaco Taute could be played at No 13 while James Kamana could start at wing or fullback.

Another solution could be to play James as La Grange’s partner at centre with the youngster Andries Coetzee filling in at flyhalf.

Aside from his selection worries, John Mitchell also has to contend with history.

Since the Lions’ inception as a franchise in 2006 the Johannesburg outfit have not won against the Stormers and have lost seven times.


  • Lion - 2012-03-20 10:00

    Kom my Leeutjies!!! Eet daai visvoete. History se ook dat ons geen kans gehad het om die CC te wen verlede jaar nie. Bewys history verkeerd en gee hulle gas. GO LIONS... GO BULLS!!! EN... ISAK... SHUT UP!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-20 10:25

      @Lion - it seems as though you are already preparing yourself for the inevitable Lions/Bulls 'marriage' next year. Keeping your bread buttered on both sides as a show of support for the LIaBULLities. Good on you old chap - embrace it.

      Jan - 2012-03-20 11:35

      @Saffa & Isak Ek gaan baie lekker kry as die Lions die Stormers Stamp. Windgat wen nie bekers nie!

      Lion - 2012-03-20 12:50

      @Saffa... You need to stick to cooking or something like that. Just like the REAL SAFFA told you many times. Go spend time in your kitchen. I am a full blooded Lions supporter. I live in PTA and the Bulls are also very close to my heart for that matter. So stick to your pink curling iron and your Stormers dream and bring it on. I am for anything that plays against your "Streamers". So yes. Even if Orlando Pirates play them I will not support them. Be careful that the old merger of regions don't affect you and you get to include a quota of Kings players. Now this will be a laughing matter won't it? Be careful not to win the game before you board the plane. It might be a sad day for you.

  • Reinhard - 2012-03-20 10:01

    Die Leeus is nou alweer kla afgeskryf deur almal,maar dit maak ons 'n gevaarlike span! En kom ons hoop die Leeus kan almal weer verkeerd bewys!

  • Lionel - 2012-03-20 10:05

    This Lions team is a team that I would not feel to bad about losing to,they deserve all the credit they get.......Go Stormers!!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-20 10:27

      @Lionel - Hello :) If our chaps can't beat this injury ridden team.....we don't deserve to be playing. So I hope our youngsters don't get ahead of themselves and all the hype and trot up to Jhb with a swagger in their step, because thats when the wheels will come off (a la the Bulls after beating the Cheetahs...)

      Lionel - 2012-03-20 10:39

      Only then did the wheels come off for the Bulls...I thought last year already:):) I hear what you say Saffa but damn,Mitchell has turned this team around and they are capable of anything.

      Saffa - 2012-03-20 10:46

      They are definitely capable of winning....but I genuinely feel we should have the upper hand here.

      Saffa - 2012-03-20 11:13

      @Blueraven - should you not be worrying about your Booools at this stage?

      Saffa - 2012-03-20 11:40

      All righhhhhhhhhhhhhhhty then @Raven. So the Bulls won't lose another game this season - glad you have confirmed it for me. Time for me to place a few bets.....Have a great day all.

      Lion - 2012-03-20 13:08

      Lionel and Saffa already starting with excuses "IF" they might slip this one. Not a lot of confidence there I see. Be careful that it is not two weeks in a row. "IF" you happen to get by the Lions, the Bulls await you the week after. All the best to you!!!

  • Nico - 2012-03-20 11:40

    GO LIONS!! Looking forward to see the battle between kitshoff and Pat :)

  • Colin - 2012-03-21 08:07

    Play Doppies at scrumhalf.

  • Colin - 2012-03-21 08:07

    Play Doppies at scrumhalf

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