Strauss switches to flank

2012-02-28 13:03

Johannesburg - The Lions have made three changes to the side that will face the Hurricanes in a Super Rugby match at Ellis Park on Friday.

Coach John Mitchell has included 22-year-old lock Stephan Greeff in the starting XV, after the team’s disappointing showing in the lineouts in their 27-25 victory over the Cheetahs at the weekend.

This also follows on the injury blow to Wikus van Heerden, who is expected to miss three weeks of rugby due to a concussion he suffered after a tip tackle from Andries Strauss.

Hendrik Roodt, who replaced Van Heerden early in the match, is bracketed on the bench with Pumas lock Marius Coetzer, who is likely to get the nod ahead of Roodt, pending a fitness test.

In the other change to the team, Warren Whiteley will receive a starting berth at eighthman with flank Cobus Grobbelaar moving to the bench.

Lions skipper Joshua Strauss moves to the side of the scrum with Derick Minnie completing the loose trio combination.

Winger Michael Killian will receive his first start of the season, replacing James Kamana who moves to the bench.



15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies la Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss (captain), 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Marius Coetzer/Hendrik Roodt, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Butch James, 22 James Kamana / Lionel Mapoe




  • S - 2012-02-28 13:13

    Re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.

      Ockie - 2012-02-28 13:24

      S.. you should be a poet. The difference between the Titanic and lions however is that no-one (Management, Players or Supporters) ever claim that they could not 'sunk' (beaten).

      Marthinus - 2012-02-28 13:43

      A very good back line that. Make us proud LIONS

      S - 2012-02-28 13:48

      @BlueRaven: Oor die boodskap op jou profile pic - jammer om te hoor jy sukkel. Daar is dokters wat kan help.

      Danny - 2012-02-28 14:20

      Are you either of the following: a) Bulls fan, who didn't even make the semi finals of the currie cup last and has lost half your team? b) Stormers fan, who we creamed in the semi finals of the currie cup? c) Sharks fan, who we creamed even worse in the final? d) Cheetahs fan, who we beat last week?

      Lion - 2012-02-28 16:24

      Julle gaan julle gatte kom sien boetie. Droom lekker. Kings gaan julle plek vat volgende jaar.

  • Nico - 2012-02-28 13:21

    Great changes these! Lions will completely dominate the Hurricanes forwards and secure a better win than this past weekend's win against Cheetahs. GO LIONS!!

  • Pierre - 2012-02-28 15:40

    Man i hope the Lions do better this week.. hopelessly to many mistakes... at least we got the win... maybe these changes will be a good boost... I like whitely, he is a good player :) Good luck boys

  • Dewald - 2012-02-28 17:15

    Ha ha ha, julle was moer lucky teen die verswakte Cheetahs met 14 man! Julle kan bly wees Goosen het die veld verlaat want toe eers kon julle die oorhand kry! Julle droom groot die jaar! Droom en doen verskillende kwaai van mekaar. Wen een Currie cup in jare wanneer almal WC rugby speel en dan dink julle, jule is onoorwinbaar! LMGA

      Shane - 2012-02-29 01:41

      I see Bluey is back with a different name.

      Romano - 2012-02-29 12:40

      Ons was nie lucky nie, ons het gewen! en die feit dat hulle met 14 man gespeel het was nie die leeus se skuld nie maar dissipline. ons het punte aangeteken terwyl Goosen op die veld was weet nie waarvan jy praat nie Dewald.

  • Taetjo - 2012-02-29 00:07

    I'm just wondering why in the world was Butch James bought? What a waste!!!

      Romano - 2012-02-29 12:36

      Elton at 10 frans steyn at 12 and butch on the bench. we need depth on our bench. he has got wc winning experience.

  • Romano - 2012-02-29 11:43

    Josh, Next Springbok captain, guys show alot of respect for him, great player more heart than any of the current bok 8thmen especially pierre iv'e seen scrumhalves that break more tackels than he does!

      Romano - 2012-02-29 11:47

      Josh 8, Alberts 7, and a real fetcher- Brusow or minnie. Minnie Will be a great politician Steals more than any of the current politicians.

  • Keith - 2012-02-29 15:08

    2011 is gone and 2012 Super 15 is on the way. Stormers won last years conference and Lions must still proof themselves in this leaque.We'll see what happen in our round robin.

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