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Lions show their depth


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content on 10 Aug 2017 at 14:16
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Swys de Bruin’s Lions side to face the Sharks in Currie Cup action on Saturday is devoid of front-line Super Rugby players, but nevertheless contains a decent amount of experience, showcasing the depth available to the union. The Sharks, facing their third game in 8 days, will need to dig deep if they’re going to (finally) taste victory in Johannesburg.

Many of the extended Super Rugby squad, who were kept out of Currie cup action while the Lions were still involved in Super Rugby, have now fed back in and while the team named today cannot quite be considered a “full strength” outfit, it’s certainly significantly bolstered compared to the side that took a hammering against the Bulls at Loftus last weekend. Only four players retain their spots in the starting lineup – captain Ryan Kankowski, fellow loose forward Fabian Booysen, lock Marvin Orie and right wing Madosh Tambwe.

Sylvian Mahuze comes in at fullback, with Jacques Nel, Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Anthony Volminck completing the three-quarter line. All are very experienced at this level, as are new halfbacks Jaco van der Walt and Dillon Smit. Cyle Brink, who was on the bench for the Super Rugby final, replaces James Venter at openside flank, with former Leopard stalwart Robert Kruger in to partner Orie in the second row. Johannes Jonker also comes down from the Super Rugby bench to start at tighthead with veterans Robbie Coetzee and Corne Fourie completing the front row.

Lions: 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Dillon Smit, 8 Ryan Kankowski (capt), 7 Fabian Booysen, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Robert Kruger, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Corné Fourie.
Subs: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Bobby de Wee, 19 Hacjivah Dayimani, 20 Marco Janse van Vuren, 21 Siya Masuku, 22 Aphiwe Dyiantyi.



22 Comments

  • The Hoff. We meet again.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.08.17 14:30:26 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Thats a good backline but a fairly average looking pack. If we get the upper hand there we could do well. We are playing guys that have had a full weeks rest though.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.08.17 14:39:34 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Another bonuspoint victory for the Sharks.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.08.17 15:21:11 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : Let’s hope your prediction run remains intact

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.08.17 15:23:25 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @jdolivier (Comment 4) : One from one so far. :mrgreen: Not that anyone cares but WP to get spanked by the Bulls sadly. :|

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.08.17 15:33:20 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : Think you are underestimating your team, griquas in Kimberley have toppled many a successful currie cup team

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.08.17 15:39:33 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : I will see who runs out first! Picked a Kwas win, and got that one spot on, only for the lousy Bulls to rain on my Superbru parade!

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.08.17 15:42:19 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @jdolivier (Comment 6) : Hope I’m wrong, but from what I’ve seen so far from them this season I’m not expecting many wins.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.08.17 15:51:31 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 7) : Never ever trust the Bulls. :smile:

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.08.17 15:52:44 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 7) : hahaha got the Sharks game but Kwas cost me!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.08.17 15:53:02 by JD Reply
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  • Matfield a Lion now? Interesting.

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.08.17 15:54:44 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 8) : From your lips to God;s ears

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.08.17 15:54:49 by The hound Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 7) : Suoerbru ….pah. Head over to Betway, after all the odds are in your favour ie you cant lose.Im off to mortgage the house, and cash in my pension…..a life of leisure awaits me. :twisted:

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.08.17 16:02:22 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Lots to talk about today

    @ebenp (Comment 6) : Ozzy/Nz coaches are overjoyed to hear comments like these, we have so many talents youngsters in sa we cant wait to disparage them are a run of indifferent form, on to the next one !! and then make little to now technical progress in our game. So no dont be so eager to right off inny, I’ve seen some harsh comment about him, ben, april, and yes even bosch. I wasnt even that stoked about ryno smith until I saw him play for us and do very well.

    Victor matfield as lions forwards coach, wow, surprising on a few levels, first off isnt he blue bulls through and through ? kinda seems like jumping on the bandwagon, but he and Swys do have history so I guess Swys figured his the best candidate.

    Ruan Akers leaving to join his dad in england so soon, thought he would play a few more seasons in SA. some upset that Dan got the nod ahead of him for the boks, but ruans somewhat new, mostly played blindside, played well at 8 when whiteley got hurt. and there are few blind sides in the sa camp already: jldp, tobogo mahoja, cassiem, and siya can play that position also.

    It is somewhat strange that jldp had to shift to 8th man in game during the cheetahs game in last years CC when ginger got knocked out on the first move of the game, and jldp struggled mightly at kick offs until him and franna swopped places. but for the boks jldp was a late replacement for warren at 8 and played really well. though the boks camp may have been preparing jldp for that possibility. and now his bro is in the team as a specialist 8.

    Golden Lions – 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Dillon Smit, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Fabian Booysen, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Robert Kruger, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Corné Fourie.
    Subs: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Bobby de Wee, 19 Hacjivan Dayimani, 20 Marco Janse van Vuren, 21 Siya Masuku, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi.

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.08.17 16:04:14 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 13) : They had me with ‘at betway everyone’s a winner’. :twisted:

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.08.17 16:06:08 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 13) : @McLovin (Comment 15) : as soon as money gets involved I can’t pick a winner to save my life so I’ll stick with Superbru!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.08.17 16:55:36 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 12) : Hopefully on Saturday you will get to see Akker against Coetzee so that we can see if we got the better hooker :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.08.17 19:42:52 by HeinF Reply

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  • The Lions didn’t play on Wednesday? Where’s the fairness?

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.08.17 17:29:38 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Well I hope Matfield does well at coach. SA has a dire shortage of good coaches. It’s also a shame that all the knowledge and experience goes to waste once great players retire.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.08.17 18:00:27 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 19) : he coached at the Bulls before making a come back so maybe we will see him play for the Lions before the end of the season!?!?!? :twisted:

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.08.17 19:04:40 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : We can only hope. Then bosch can keep kicking deep and he will keep trying to run it himself?

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.08.17 07:00:26 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Good depth the Lions have built over the years. Jaques van Rooyen, Ruan Dreyer and Harold Vorster being rested. Warren Whitley, Julian Redelinghuis and Howard Mnisi out injured. Andries Fereira, Lourens Erasmus, Lionel Mapoe and Ruan Combrink in Japan. Malcolm Marx, Franco Mostert, Jaco Kriel, Ross Cronje, Elton Jantjies, Courtnal Skosal and Andries Coetzee with the Boks and Kwagga suspended. Not to mention losing Akker, Ruan Ackerman and Faf to other teams. Johann Ackerman did a great thing. Taking a team that was nowhere and full of nobodies and rejects and building them into a formidable team. Lets hope Swys and Matfield can continue with that.

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.08.17 08:59:12 by Mutley Reply
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