Lions pick a B-team

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content on 13 Oct 2011 at 10:27
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The prospect of Butch James being included on the bench for this weekend’s match against the Sharks does little to disguise the fact that coach John Mitchell doesn’t care all that much about the result. With the visitors already having sewn up first place on the log, they’re fielding a weakened side against the Currie Cup holders in the interest of staying fresh for the semi final next weekend.

With the Sharks potentially able to call on as many as 8 returning Bok players this weekend, with two other stalwarts in Ryan Kankowski and Craig Burden also set to return from injury, the Lions’ decision to bracket James (their only eligible Bok) with Alwyn Hollenbach on the bench looks unlikely to even up the contest very much. Regular flyhalf Elton Jatjies has been picked on a bench containing no specialist scrumhalf, with Burton Francis starting in the number 10 jersey.

Further changes see Bandise Maku, Pat Cilliers, Franco van der Merwe, Derick Minnie and Michael Killian all benched for the game, with Dylan Des Fountain coming in to start at centre, while Wikus van Heerden also makes a return to the side after missing out through injury.

15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Dylan des Fountain, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 James Kamana, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss (captain), 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Michael Rhodes, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Patric Cilliers, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Elton Jantjies, 21 Butch James, 22 Michael Killian.


  • Man the Cheetahs won’t be happy with this! They would have wanted to see the Lions play their strongest team…

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.10.11 10:41:20 by Ben Reply
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  • Yet we will still strugle to beat them

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.10.11 10:41:44 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 2) : what 😯 watch this space… Sharks gonna rock the lions cradle…

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.10.11 10:45:56 by Franshark Reply
  • @Ben (Comment 1) : Feels good to be back 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.10.11 10:47:12 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 4) : Yes it does!

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.10.11 10:48:20 by Ben Reply
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  • It may be considered a B side but it’s still a very decent squad. Should be a tough contest.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.10.11 11:32:15 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Is Mitchell trying to do Plum a favour? 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.10.11 11:36:15 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • @Ice(comment 7) Bwahahaha! 😀 😀

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.10.11 11:45:46 by Caratacus Reply

  • Replacing average players with more average players… not exactly a weak team.

    Lions will win.

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.10.11 11:47:39 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Franshark (Comment 3) : I’m not so sure

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.10.11 11:49:05 by Poisy Reply
  • @hendrikp (Comment 9) : huistoe met jou!! *tsk!*

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.10.11 11:51:10 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 9) :

    Average 🙄

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.10.11 11:54:09 by CoffeeshopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeshopBok;-) (Comment 12) :

    Just calling it as I see it. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.10.11 11:59:51 by hendrikp Reply

  • Still a fairly decent team.Dylan Des Fountain.Shame.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.10.11 12:10:54 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • The Sharks have all the motivation on their side while the Lions will just be going thru the motions.

    From a mental approach the Sharks have already won this game, it should really just be about the crucial BP. Can a team that’s struggled to play as a team for a number of weeks now score 4 tries? Going on the evidence of the home game against the Griquas a few weeks back, the answer has to be YES!

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.10.11 12:19:10 by beet Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 14) :

    bwahahahahaha!! 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.10.11 12:19:16 by wpw Reply
  • I said The Lions would send a B team, a great time for the Sharks to slowly re introduce their Boks to the CC, they will have jetlag so better to play them of the bench

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.10.11 12:19:19 by Mutley Reply
  • hendrikp

    Dude, seriously, its really too early to start drinking mate! 😈

    The Sharks are gonna klap the Lions.

    A full strength Sharks vs Lions B team. Sharks also need to win to ensure they qualify for a home semi final. There’s no way the Sharks are gonna lose this one!! 🙄

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.10.11 12:21:49 by wpw Reply
  • The times have changed..never have i seen the lions sending a b team in any game..haha..

    If we were supporting the bulls or cheetahs i would say them by 20 with bonus point but its the sharks..they couldnt even beat a b team province team..but miracles do happen..and a home semi is a week away

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.10.11 12:23:43 by shaniboi Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 18) :

    Was under the impression that they wouldn’t use any of their Springboks.

    If that’s the case, the Sharks will beat them easily.

    Lions won’t put nearly as much points on the board.

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.10.11 12:36:14 by hendrikp Reply

  • @shaniboi (Comment 19) : What are you talking about, the Lions have been playing with their B-Team for years now, this is just the first time that they have decided to play some of their C-team. 😉

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.10.11 13:10:59 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 21) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.10.11 13:20:42 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • bulls will end up at no 4. lions play bulls and sharks play sharks vs bulls at home. 😯

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.10.11 15:44:32 by pete69 Reply

  • @pete69 (Comment 23) : Wouldn’t WP have to lose to the Pumas for this to happen?

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.10.11 16:21:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • sharks team from sharks website
    15. Lambie
    14. Odwa
    13 Stef
    12. Marius Joubert
    11. Lwazi
    10. Freddie
    9. Hoffman
    8. The Hoff
    7. Marcel
    6. Keegan Daniel
    5. Skeate
    4. Deysel
    3. Herbst
    2. Burden
    1. Van Staden
    Bench : Bismarck, Jannie, JP, JLP, Willem Alberts, Jaques Botes, Ross Cronje

    Hoe I have it right!

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.10.11 17:20:03 by sharks4ever Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 24) : well, not lose as such. if WP fail to get a bonus and the Bulls beat the Leoaprds by about 100 points, then it will put the Bulls through.

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.10.11 17:26:37 by robdylan Reply
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