Prop boost for Lions

2012-04-30 17:32

Cape Town - The Lions received a welcome boost when they embarked on their Australasian tour with props JC Janse van Rensburg and CJ van der Linde declared fit enough to tour.

Both were first injured in the Lions’ second match of the season. The initial opinion on Janse van Rensburg was that he would be out for the remainder of the competition when he tore ligaments in his toe. Van der Linde returned two weeks ago from a groin injury but sat out the loss against the Brumbies because of a niggle he picked up at the recent Springbok training camp.

According to the Lions website, the University of Johannesburg flank Jaco Kriel is the only member of the 26-man squad announced on Sunday who has not played any Super Rugby this season.

Kriel made his Super Rugby debut against the Hurricanes in Wellington last year and also played Currie Cup for the Lions last season.

Kriel is the second player they have used from this year's Varsity Cup. Maties lock Grant Hatting is also in the touring group after a good debut when he came on as replacement against the Brumbies.

Flyhalf Butch James will not accompany the side after his suspension for four weeks for a dangerous charge into a ruck against the Brumbies. The last day of his suspension coincides with the Lions’ last match on the tour.

The Lions will play log leaders the Chiefs and the bottom-of-the-log Blues in New Zealand before taking on the Reds and Force in Australia.

Lions touring squad (in alphabetical order):

Martin Bezuidenhout, Ruan Botha, Patric Cilliers, Andries Coetzee, Ruaan Combrinck, Ross Cronje, Cobus Grobbelaar, Grant Hattingh, Alwyn Hollenbach, JC Janse van Rensburg, Elton Jantjies, James Kamana, Michael Killian, Jaco Kriel, Doppies le Roux, Lionel Mapoe, Tian Meyer, Derek Minnie, Caylib Oosthuizen, Hendrik Roodt, Joshua Strauss, Jaco Taute, CJ van der Linde, Franco van der Merwe, Deon van Rensburg, Callie Visagie.


  • Nico - 2012-04-30 18:16

    Some good news at last :) GO LIONS!! We can get at least 10 points from tour!

  • andrebotes1982 - 2012-04-30 18:43

    @ Nico wha ha ha ha ha ha ha yea right!!!!!!!!when are the lions supporters going to realize that the lions are crap!!!!!!!!!!!

      Nico - 2012-04-30 19:41

      Andre, that is what a real supporter is about, supporting your team through the good and the bad times, but guess u only support u're team when they win, then u support someone else when u're team actually needs u, go figure :)

      andrebotes1982 - 2012-04-30 23:32

      Jeezzzz dude. But are you guys just dumb or naïve? I've never in my life seen such nonsens.the lions and the cheetahs are the reason that our other tems struggle. They give away bonus points like its going out of fashion. I also support my team through thick and thin but jeezzz I'm realistic. The lions struggle to get 10 points from home games and you wana say they are going to get 10 away points. Please just wake up!!!!!!!

      Nico - 2012-04-30 23:45

      We are playing the blues and the force on tour, two other teams that is also bottom of the log, and with last years history on tour where the Lions gelled as team, we can win those two games, then we just need two bonus points and we have 10 points.

      Johan - 2012-05-01 06:23

      Andre, tensy jou span al 'n Superbeker gewen het, is hulle ook "crap"!

      andrebotes1982 - 2012-05-01 07:28

      @johan. So die sharks,stormers,chiefs,huricanes,waratahs,highlanders is crap maar hulle wen amper al hulle wedstryde? Jy kan tog regtig nie n span wat al sy wedstryde amper elke week verloor vergelyk met spanne wat amper alles wen nie. Soos ek se jy moet dom of naïve wees om te glo dat die leeus enige iets kan doen. Die eerste stap na recovery my vriend is om te admit! Julle maak sulke groot grappe van julle self!

      Wiets - 2012-05-01 13:00

      Wie support jy Andre?

      Nico - 2012-05-01 13:02

      @Wiets, he probably supports whoever is on the top of the log, a whole lot of different jerseys in his house and change them at halftime when his "team for the day" is loosing.

      johan.hattingh.5 - 2012-05-01 17:45

      Andre, die Leeus (en Sharks?) het al superbekers gewen! Terloops, ek is 'n Bulls ondersteuner

  • Ockie - 2012-05-01 07:41

    I wish you a good tour Lions.

  • Stefan - 2012-05-01 08:09

    Unless all 15 players on the park start playing rugby, we can forget it! There seems to be no urgency in the Lions' camp, no will to win. They run on, stand around watching the opposition play and go home. Job done! Will The REAL LIONS please stand up!!!!

  • daniehattingh5 - 2012-05-01 08:44

    It's Hattingh with an 'H' at the end, it's not brain surgery.\r\n\r\nI doubt it will help the Lions, it seems they just suck at Super Rugby. As soon as they fix the line-outs, the break downs suffer, or the scrumhalf becomes slow and stupid. I'm really rooting for them, but it might be a bridge too far.

  • Wiets - 2012-05-02 16:50

    @Nico, HAHAHA.well said.....

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