Lions close to full strength for Sharks trip

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content on 30 Sep 2014 at 13:00
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Aside from the absence of Warren Whiteley, Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann has been able to name a pretty much full strength side for Fridays’ crunch Currie Cup match against the Sharks in Durban.

Lionel Mapoe again leads the side from outside centre, with Ackerman recalling a number of regulars after shuffling his decks a little for last week’s easy win over Griquas.

Impressive young flyhalf Jaco van der Walt loses out this week, dropping out of the squad entirely as Bok Marnitz Boshoff is returned to the number 10 jersey. Stokkies Hanekom replaces benched Howard Mnisi at inside center in the only other backline change.

It’s up front where things are more different, though. A whole new front row in Schalk van der Merwe, Robbie Coetzee and Ruan Dreyer start the match, with Willie Britz replacing Whiteley at number 8 in the final change.

Three men on the bech, Mnisi, Mark Richards and Julian Redelinghuys, have played for the Sharks before, as has a fourth in the form of starting scrumhalf Ross Cronje.

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe (capt), 12 Stokkies Hanekom, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Mark Richards, 22 Howard Mnisi.


  • Last year I questioned whether Ackers’s sometimes excessive player rotation would work. It seems it has as first choice and back up players can be replaced and swapped without markedly weakening the side.

    The loss of SR players like Franco van der Merwe, Elton Jantjies, Alwyn Hollenbach, Deon van Rensburg, Anthony Volminck, Faf de Klerk, Stefan Watermeyer, Coenie van Wyk, Michael Bondesio and Warren Whiteley should have significantly weakened the side but didn’t.

    With the Sharks that seemed to have started to gel the last few weeks Friday’s match is going to be a cracker

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.09.14 13:24:10 by Baylion Reply
    BaylionSuper Rugby player
  • Lions have named a very strong side. Sharks will need to play significantly better than they have been to win. Have to defend better thats for sure as Lions will keep the ball.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.09.14 13:30:06 by SheldonK Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 1) : That is the sign of a well coached squad

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.09.14 13:42:09 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Strong side – if we defend like we did this entire CC and switch off in either the 1st or 2nd half we gonna get a hiding!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.09.14 13:42:48 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • The Lions two losses in the CC came when they struggled to break the WP and Bulls defences. The Sharks’ defence have been very good so far and could just be the stumbling block for the Lions

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.09.14 13:51:00 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 5) : “The Sharks’ defence have been very good so far…” er… you DID see that the Kings scored three tries against us, didn’t you…?

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.09.14 15:27:22 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 6) : One game after the Sharks took their foot of the pedal and even so still conceded only 16 tries, the lowest in the competition

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.09.14 16:06:49 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 7) : No! My team is the under-dog!

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.09.14 17:31:00 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I was disappointed when Richards left, thought he was a dynamic little wing, and certainly didn’t let size get in his way.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.09.14 18:33:31 by Here be dragons Reply

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  • I’m a bit worried that Boshoff might be rushed back to soon. The Lions are also not as impressive away as at Ellis Park

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.09.14 20:26:08 by Mutley Reply
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  • Sharks scrum is gonna have 2 improve immensely for us 2 have a shot. The lions are much better than the bulls and kings, they will punish us if we don’t drastically improve our scrummaging

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.09.14 22:04:26 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 11) : Yeah I agree!! Their scrumming is tops in SA at the moment imo..

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.09.14 22:08:08 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • An under strength Shark side with a lot of ” behind the scenes drama” vs a Lions team who s riding the crest of the wave at the moment …

    I expect Lassie Lion back here any second now.

    Things definately not looking good for us.

    But hey it ll give John and Ackerman some time to chat about super 15 options…
    Maybe show Ackerman Jake s big house with the sea view … who knows what’ ll happen..

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.10.14 10:59:30 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 13) : Rudolph Straeuli will murder John Smit with his bare hands before he lets him steal Ackermann

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.10.14 11:14:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : That may gets more fans than a Sharks/Griquas CC game ;)

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.10.14 11:31:12 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : @SheldonK (Comment 15) :


  • Comment 16, posted at 01.10.14 14:12:44 by Zibbie Reply
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