The Lions, the Xerox ones this week, (it may have changed between the time of going to press and publishing) travel to Mpumalanga to play the Pumas.
What can I say other than this line is becoming monotonous. The line being. “Had you asked me who would win this game two weeks ago, I would have said….” The smaller unions, well two of them at least, have thrown the form book out of the window. The Cheetahs and Lions have also decided that insted of silly buggers rugby would be a better game to play. On the field at least.
The Pumas beat (insert sponsor of the moment here) Lions in a pre-season warmup game and would have fancied their chances of doing the same up until three weeks ago when the Lions gave the Blue Bulls a scare following that up with more than a scare of the Cheetahs last weekend.
Coach John Mitchell and fellow Kiwi, Carlos Spencer, seem to be well worth the money thay are earning. I have these questions to ask though. WHO plucked JPP from obscurity in club rugby and planted him on the big stage at the Sharks? Has it been that same person who has identified the talented young Elton Jantjies or was it John Mitchell?
Referee: Joey Salmans
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry, Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: Gerrie Coetzee
Venue: Puma Stadium, Witbank
Pumas: 15 Nicky Kritzinger, 14 Vainon Willis, 13 Shaun Venter, 12 Tian Meyer, 11 Allistair Kettledas, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Jacques Coetzee, 8 Christo le Roux, 7 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 6 Corné Steenkamp, 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Andries Kruger, 3 Ashley Buys, 2 Hannes Franklin (captain), 1 Ronnie Uys.
Replacements: 16 Dee-Jay Terblanche, 17 Dawie Steyn, 18 Willem Serfontein, 19 Jaco Bouwer, 20 Ricardo Croy, 21 Ashwin Scott, 22 Du-Wayne Smart.
Golden Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Renaldo Bothma, 5 Franco van der Merwe (captain), 4 George Earle, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Wayne Swart, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 Joshua Strauss, 20 JP Joubert, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Jannie Boshoff.