Van der Linde to start for Lions

2012-05-23 10:34

Johannesburg - Lions coach John Mitchell made two changes to his team on Wednesday as the Super Rugby bottom feeders go in search of a crucial victory against the Force this weekend.

The Lions, who went down 34-20 against the Reds last week in their 10th successive defeat, square up against fellow strugglers the Force in Perth on Saturday.

Prop CJ van der Linde starts in place of JC Janse van Rensburg, who has been moved to the bench, and scrumhalf Tian Meyer moves into the starting XV in another straight swap, with Ross Cronje taking his place among the replacements.



15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Franco van der Merwe, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 CJ van der Linde

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Cobus Grobbelaar, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Ruan Combrinck, 22 James Kamana


  • marcell.britz - 2012-05-23 10:46

    Why do we keep playing our backs out of position? I just dont know what mitchell is thinking

      Mark - 2012-05-23 11:55

      Because unfortunately a lot are injured so there is no choice....

  • Stormkaap - 2012-05-23 10:57

    A must win for the Lions. Problem with CJ is he folds at scrumtime

      wanderering.wanderer - 2012-05-23 11:15

      CJ is still one of the best unlike your allways in reverse Stormers frontrow.

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-23 12:08

      U need to watch properly.. Of all the SA packs this season, the Stormers has been the most consistent. Then have a look at the last few games of CJ's and see how he hinges at the base of his spine..Dont know he is one of the best. Tell me of one game this season or last season where he dominated his opponent. There are a host of looseheads better than him, Coenie, Kitshoff, Beast, Dean.. to name a few

  • uwe.klopfer - 2012-05-23 11:16

    this is actually a game we can win... this game isn't about what team is is about which team is less bad... could this be the beginning of the revival which in all likely hood is too late already ?

  • grantcg - 2012-05-23 11:29

    @ Marcell Britz, Mapoe has the potential to be a devastating 13 with the right coaching. Taute can pretty much play anywhere, has been SA's most dangerous back in the competition (check the stats). Van rensburg needs to be dropped off on a pacific island on his way back to SA, he isn't anywhere near good enough. Kamana should start. Minnie isn't showing his currie cup energy and Franco van der merwe isn't trying..other then that your forwards are very talented and showing good potential. Everyone keep an eye out for Andries Coetzee..rising star.

      Juan - 2012-05-23 12:12

      Couldn't have said it better!!! Just dont understand why Mitchell keeps on playing Van Rensburg and van der Merwe they are really useless!!!

  • croets - 2012-05-23 11:57

    Whatever!!…I have never ever been so low on rugby in my life. You Lions have caused me many many heartache. I am on the brink of starting to watch local soccer…so,PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE safe me from myself…and just win this one 4king game….PLEASE!

  • Bomb - 2012-05-23 12:49

    I heard his nickname is "One Half vd Linde".....any particular reason why?......On a different note...."GO FORCE", .........and not because I'm a Force supporter, I just hate the Lions that much, they surpassed the "Ladies in pink" on my hate meter this season. Poor Josh Strauss, he really needs to look at other options, but at the Lions he will go down with the rot.

      Juan - 2012-05-23 13:08

      Useless bomb!!!!

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