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Lions team to take on Leopards


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Other SA Teams on 13 Sep 2011 at 13:20
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The Lions team to take on the Leopards on Friday has been announced, with a few changes from the team that took care of Griquas last weekend.

Wikus van Heerden has picked up a knee injury and has been ruled out of the match and is replaced by Johan Snyman in the second row. Michael Rhodes comes into the starting line-up and Derick Minnie switching flanks to complete the loose trio with Josh Strauss.

Deon van Resnburg takes a complete break from rugby, falling out of the match 22 completely, being replaced by Jannie Boshoff in the 14 jersey. The bench sees Rudi Paige providing backup to Michael Bondesio.

Golden Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Doppies la Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (c), 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Johan Snyman, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Warrem Whiteley, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Rudi Paige, 21 Burton Francis, 22 James Kamana



25 Comments

  • Lions by a hundred.

    No-one can stop them. :twisted:

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.09.11 13:25:58 by McLovin Reply
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  • Without Wikus van Heerden, the average age in this team has dropped to about 24…

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.09.11 13:26:05 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Doppies is probably the eldest, at around 27/28 hey?

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.09.11 13:27:01 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • What a team. :smile:

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.09.11 13:28:38 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) :

    doppies turn 30 in Dec .

    @McLovin (Comment 1) :

    i like i like hehehe

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.09.11 13:30:20 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 4) :

    Dripping with sarcasm…

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.09.11 13:30:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 5) :

    Oh okay.. thanx.. so he is the oldest player in the Lions team without Wikus there..

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.09.11 13:31:25 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : No seriously. ;-) :lol:

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.09.11 13:33:43 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 8) : :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.09.11 13:41:25 by wpw Reply
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  • They’ll still get smashed in the Super 15. :|

    Won’t get any flair from la Grange as a centre. Bondesio is a poor scrumhalf. About time they get an actual lock in there – Johan Snyman. And they definitely need a bigger mongrel blindside like Rhodes to build that starting XV for next year.

    At the moment I’d say the front-row, Franco van der Merwe, Joshua Strauss, Elton Jantjies, Lionel Mapoe & Jaco Taute are the only ones that have established themselves as the starters – no contest.

    Ruan Venter will be a good lock for them in a couple of years if they aren’t going to back the likes of Johan Snyman, David Bulbring & George Earle.

    Anyone know much about that other young lock, Ruan Botha I think his name is?

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.09.11 14:18:54 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 10) :

    mumble mumble mumble mumble ……..

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.09.11 15:00:08 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 10) :

    Deon van Rensburg has had quite a good centre, don’t you think?

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.09.11 15:06:57 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 10) :

    Whatever happened to big George Earle?

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.09.11 15:07:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) :

    he was not on the Currie cup squad ‘List’ . so i dont think he is going to fetcher any time soon . sad . i think he is a good player.

    glad snyman is getting some game time . hope he takes the opportunity to prove himself

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.09.11 15:23:16 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 10) : I would rather have Alwyn Hollenbach in my team than anything the sharks have to offer in centre!

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.09.11 15:29:16 by Greg Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 10) :

    I’d add Minnie, Maku, and Hollenbach as def starters..

    In agreement with Bandesio, not a Superugby player.

    With regards to us being smashed ..we’ll wait and see ..

    See Mclovin opnions ..and he knows his rugby :cool: :grin:

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.09.11 15:34:20 by CoffeeshopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeshopBok;-) (Comment 16) :

    Sorry I said that wrong. I wasn’t referring to ‘definite starters’. In that case there would be a few that you could include that maybe don’t quite cut it… rather I was referring to players I think they can build a team around. Maku is included as part of the front-row I referred to.

    Not sure Hollenbach will measure up as a 12. That channel will be targeted way more at S15 level and even though we all hate to see it, being able to ‘crash ball’ is also important for a 12. They’d probably be better off switching back to Doppies when the Super 15 rolls around.

    And Minnie’s a decent player but the Lions need to aim higher if they want to actually do something with this team. Try bring through a Springbok in each position sort of thing, instead of settling on the average players. :grin:

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.09.11 15:44:19 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 17) :

    Absolutly and the talent is there but it comes down to their atitude and desire to aim for Bok rugby and hopefully playing in a winning side.

    We are short a quality center for the future..Taute can fill 12 and imo could be very good there ..but I see him as a future Bok 15 ..

    Doppies never lets u down but he is also getting along though ..

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.09.11 15:52:34 by CoffeeshopBok;-) Reply

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  • @Zibbie (Comment 11) :

    What that supposed to mean? :lol:

    Constructive criticism so you don’t get your hopes up is all. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.09.11 15:53:21 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 19) : I’ve been listening to McLovin, cup is as good as ours, getting hopes up doesn’t even come into it!

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.09.11 16:12:46 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 20) :

    :mrgreen: I’m not even so sure the Lions have it in them to win this Currie Cup. Reckon they’d get knocked over in the play-offs by SOMEBODY surely! Not much true quality there, but you’ve got to give John Mitchell credit. He’s got a good culture going there and he’s playing the right sort of rugby with the players that he has.

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.09.11 16:26:31 by hendrikp Reply

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  • The Lions want to win you can see that they play for eack other and are loving their rugby

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.09.11 16:54:36 by Mutley Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 21) : Cup is as good as ours, may as well give it to us now, and send everyone home, come back in February, ask Rob and Mclovin, they said so, and they know their rugby :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.09.11 19:27:04 by Greg Reply

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  • @CoffeeshopBok;-) (Comment 16) : @Greg (Comment 23) : I’m also part of the Nigerian royal family.

    I can make you rich beyond your wildest dreams.

    All you have to do is send me your account numbers, pin numbers & passwords.

    This is a limited time offer so be quick. ;-) :twisted:

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.09.11 19:58:01 by McLovin Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 19) :

    ‘They’ll still get smashed in the Super 15.’

    lol . i missed where we got smashed every weekends this year in Super 15 . i think there where about 2 or 3 weeks when we where completely outplayed . i think we could aim for a mid table finish

    Hollebach plays much better than doppies id say . Taute and Elton are legends in the making . so is baardman !! hehe

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.09.11 20:46:45 by Zibbie Reply
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