Van Heerden starts for Lions

2011-03-01 15:25

Johannesburg - Former Lions captain Wikus van Heerden will make his long awaited return to the Johannesburg side's starting line-up for Friday's Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Blues at Coca-Cola Park.

Van Heerden will join current captain Franco van der Merwe in the second row ahead of George Earle.

In the only other change to the side that is still searching for their first win in more than a year, Van Heerden's place on the bench will be filled by former Blue Bulls utility forward Dries van Schalkwyk.

Lions team:
15. Jaco Taute, 14. Lionel Mapoe, 13. Waylon Murray, 12. Doppies La Grange, 11. Michael Killian, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. Warren Whiteley, 7. Josh Strauss, 6. Derick Minnie, 5. Franco van der Merwe (captain), 4. Wikus van Heerden, 3. Patrick Cilliers, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg.

Substitutes: Martin Bezuidenhout, Kevin Buys, Dries van Schalkwyk, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Burton Francis, 22 James Kamana.


  • Hanjo - 2011-03-01 15:50

    good decision to start Wikus, and good team.

  • mike - 2011-03-01 16:10

    Looking forward to see how Wikus goes at 4, be good to have the experience on the field. Haven't been impressed by Buys in the last 2 games, seems to give away crucial panalities at the wrong stages of the game. Would have started Kockett to be honest and given him the kicking duty. Blues would of targetted this game for 4 points so it will be tough.

  • modderotter - 2011-03-01 17:05

    Hoeveel kanse wil JM daai useless Elton Jantjies gee?? Nee wat, hier kom nog 'n verloor...

      RJ - 2011-03-01 17:53

      Agree ===Blues gat hulle seer maak...

      pswart40 - 2011-03-01 19:33

      Ok, gee jy biki geld dan koop ons Dan Carter........Daar is nie baie mense wat saam jou stem nie...EJ is n star in the making...

      Johnny - 2011-03-02 08:41

      ...Elton Jantjies = average quota player.....

      Oukoos - 2011-03-02 11:57

      Modderotter, jy poep teen die wind. Die Stormers se las is Januarie en die Lions se las is Jantjies. EK sal graag vir Kockett op losskakel wil sien. Hy is hardegat, kan tackle, kan skop en kan 'n lyn breek. In kort, hy kan dit nag maak vir enige teenstander. Jammer die Stormers het hom nie nader getrek toe die Sharks hom op die ashoop gegooi het nie.

  • Sandile - 2011-03-02 11:33

    Lets go Lions !! I see a first victory of the season come Friday night !!

  • Oukoos - 2011-03-02 11:49

    Enige verandering is 'n verbetering.

  • philipk007 - 2011-03-02 15:13

    I think all the Lion-haters should back off of Elton and the rest of us. Firstly, we've never done anything to any of the Blue Bull or Stormer supporters to deserve the belittling you half wits post on here... I remember when seats were being given away at Loftus because they were that crap, not all that many years ago! I also don't remember Province winning ANYTHING in the last decade worth mentioning? Secondly Elton is a very young fly halve. Lions are forever 'building' etc etc etc, I know! But some of you seem to be forgetting that we were bottom of the log last year, and our first two matches so far were against the number one and number two finishers of the same competition. We out scored the Bulls 3 tries to two. We also only lost to the self proclaimed 'mighty but don't have any trophies' Province by a slim 3 points... Elton created the attacking platform and we scored equal tries with him missing 7 points with the boot - not through a lack of talent, but the presence of immense pressure. He's a young player finding his feet in the toughest rugby competition in the world, so far against the toughest competitor... and the Stormers. He'll get there. Give credit where credit is due. If the Lions finish top half of this competition under a one year old management team then we would have gained a lot of ground on the three top SA teams. A qoute for the Bulls: "Stay humble in victory" - Bakkies Botha Stormers: f@(k off and die!

      Oukoos - 2011-03-02 19:49

      'n Paar feite: Die Lions het laas Saterdag een van hul beste wedstryde die afgelope 12 maande gehad. Feit. Die Stormers het laas Saterdag vrot, baie vrot gespeel. Feit. Die Lions kon nie die vrot spel uitbuit en 'n wen aanteken nie. Feit. Sonder Jantjies en Jano sou die Lions hele waarskynllik gewen het. Feit. Niemand kraak die Lions doelbewus af nie. We only state the obvious - two wrong players in key positions and no BGT.

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