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Lions named for Rebels


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 1 Jul 2014 at 16:07
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Franco van der Merwe returns to the Lions starting lineup in time for his 98th career Super Rugby cap. The side named by coach Johan Ackermann to face the Rebels on Friday night is probably as strong as the coach has been able to field this year.

New Bok Marnitz Boshoff is retained at flyhalf, with old Bok Elton Jantjies again doing bench duty. Changes at wing see Anthony Volminck and Deon van Rensburg come in, with Puma Coenie van Wyk continuing in the last line of defence.

Lions – 15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley (capt), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen/Corné Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Derick Minnie, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Lionel Mapoe.



24 Comments

  • Should have started Mapoe on the wing in place of Deon.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.07.14 16:11:39 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 1) : The Rebels only flew out from Oz this morning Oz time. The Lions bench is “designed” to run them ragged in the second half :) (hopefully)

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.07.14 16:57:41 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 2) : ok ja don’t think Deon can run to many teams ragged anymore.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.07.14 18:09:29 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 3) : Uhm Bench

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.07.14 22:56:15 by Baylion Reply

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  • Pretty strong bench that. If the Lions can make their tackles they should have the fire power to win. But if defense is lacking the rebels will run riot

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.07.14 08:01:16 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Baylion(comment2)I think he should have started with Kriel on the bench to achieve his goal properley :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.07.14 08:36:57 by Chippa Reply

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  • Come on Lions. Give us win no 6. The team looks good but Oupa Deon? come on, there are better wings in Lions country than the old age homes player. Glad to see Franco back and I hope our front row can pick up where they left of, demolishing every front row in sight.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.07.14 09:42:05 by Mutley Reply

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  • @Mutley (Comment 7) : Oupa Deon is there to cover for Stokkies’s defensive lapses :)

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.07.14 10:05:20 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Mutley (Comment 7) : Yep, the Lions scrum /front row have not been bested by anyone so far – I bet you none of them were even thought of by the Bok set up.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.07.14 10:07:17 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 9) : I’ve been very impressed bu them and I wonder why it is that we (The Sharks) let Redelinghuys go. I’m also upset about Herbst going as I think that he’s good enough to play for the Boks. We should have been rotating du Plessis, Herbst and Adriaanse instead of just playing du Plessis into the ground!! :???:

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.07.14 10:37:12 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 10) : the reason we let Julian go is simple. He was in a really long queue and spent pretty much his entire junior career injured.

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.07.14 10:39:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Mutley (Comment 7) : Franco is a VERY passionate Lions supporter so I’m really glad he gets some game time before heading off. I think it’ll mean a lot to him.

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.07.14 10:40:31 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 10) : One of the reasons I’m very happy SARU is moving to central contracting. It’ll force coaches to rotate players such as Jannie which is ultimately in player, backup player, franchise and national union’s interest.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.07.14 10:43:15 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Ok, that makes sense. It just hurts a bit to see someone we discarded kicking so much ass!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.07.14 10:50:51 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 12) : I believe he was also a very passionate Sharks man, for the time he was with us. I think he is an all round team player and good guy.

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.07.14 10:51:37 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) : I hadn’t heard that we were moving to central contracting? Where did you hear that??

    It’ll really help us a lot!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.07.14 10:51:45 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 15) : Seems like it! I really enjoy his rugby!

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.07.14 10:52:16 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) : I will still have to see how this central contracting works before Im fully sold on it. The thought of someone else (who might have a deep rooted dislike for my team) selecting our team to play a semi / big game does not sit too well with me yet. But then I probably dont fully understand the concept.

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.07.14 10:55:12 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • @ChrisS (Comment 16) : Morne dropped some hints in a thread a few weeks back but it is still some way off. Some exciting things happening at SARU – a much bigger focus being placed on skills development at age group level too.

    @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 18) : Franchise coach still has control of team selections but centrally contracted players will only have a certain allotted amount of game time. The franchise coach will have to decide how and when to make best use of said game time. Ultimately it comes down to franchise coach planning his season well. That’s my understanding anyway.

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.07.14 11:06:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 19) : That’s fantastic news :grin:

    I met Dane Haylett-Petty and his brother Ross a few years ago through their cousin and he was telling us that, even at school level, they’d have 2 sessions training a day. They’d have a skills session and a field session. John Mitchell’s son was at the school (he waas coach of the Force at the time) and he’d come and help out with coaching sessions.

    They were taught how to catch the ball so that it’s easier to pass it along quickly and where to pass to in order to make it easier for a teammate to catch it and pass it along quickly. Basic skills which we need to focus on in SA as our players often receive the ball next to or behind them.

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.07.14 11:17:34 by ChrisS Reply
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  • Read on SA Rugby Mag (for what that’s worth) that central contracting is a dead duck as the unions are against it. Maybe Morne can give us some insight into the current situation

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.07.14 11:37:46 by Baylion Reply

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  • @ChrisS (Comment 20) : Players plucking balls from behind their shoulders is something that we still see too much of in the Bok team so I’m as excited as you are about that.

    @Baylion (Comment 21) : Personally, I wouldn’t mind it being forced down their throats.

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.07.14 12:11:09 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 8) : I admit, Deon is not bad on defence but for a wing he really does not have the pace, having said that, our defence is not really good and we will need all the defensive help we can get.

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.07.14 08:37:34 by Mutley Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 22) :

    Tellt hat to the Sharks stormers and Bulls . Lions and Cheetahs wont mind tough :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.07.14 12:30:07 by Zibbie Reply
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