Doppies out for 3 months

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 27 Mar 2012 at 09:16
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The Lions have received a further blow with the news that vice captain Doppies la Grange has had to undergo elbow surgery that will rule him out for up to 3 months.

According to Rugby365, la Grange sustained the injury during this weekend’s loss to the Stormers and has already had the operation. He joins a long casualty list at the union that now stretches to 15 players. Perhaps more concerning, though, is that with Alwyn Hollenbach, Waylon Murray and Lionel Mapoe all currently injured, the Lions will be forced to field a seriously makeshift centre combination against the Crusaders this weekend.

Butch James (usually a flyhalf) and Jaco Taute (most experienced at fullback) are likely to line up at 12 and 13 respectively this week, with regular flyhalf Elton Jantjies expected to be fit to play after recovering from the injury that ruled him out on the eve of the Sharks game a few weeks back. First-choice scrummie Michael Bondesio could also be fit in time to face the Cantabrians.


  • now our best fetcher gets injured …

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.03.12 09:36:09 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Jeez like, what has the Lions done to the rugby gods to deserve this treatment?

    But I see it maybe as a blessing in disguise. The majority will be back by the middle of the season. Perfect timing as I see some of the other teams also going through a little injury crisis at the time.

    Perfect timing the Lions to steam roll ahead. :mrgreen:

    As for Saturday, I cannot see why the Lions can beat the Saders? I don’t think Elton will be ready for Saturday and I believe Andries Coetzee is more than ready to take the step up. With Butch with him on his inside he will be more than capable to take on the Carter.

    So if I had it my way the Lions backline would look like this;

    9. Tian Meyer
    10. Andries Coetzee
    11. Michael Killian
    12. Butch James
    13. Jaco Taute
    14. Deon van Rensburg
    15. Jamas Kamana

    Wtf do the team have to loose? Go for it!

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.03.12 09:36:38 by LionsinPTA Reply

  • 👿 This is not the kinda news I wanted to read when I logged on …

    Imo questions now need to be asked why our injury list is this long.

    Did Mitchell and co work them out pre season to hard ..?

    The kicker here is Doppies is a snr player and brings with him alot of experience.

    Get well soon.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.03.12 09:40:35 by csb Reply

  • @csb (Comment 3) : Agreed that the team lost valuable experience in Doppies, but I believe they still can do it.

    Butch is going to be the absolute main peanut in the packet for the Lions backline. If he is out then I will just sommer quit rugby in all together.

    They need to start the game the way they ended against the Stomers. Control the ball and protect it against the Saders. They cannot win it if they don’t have the ball.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.03.12 09:45:09 by LionsinPTA Reply

  • @LionsinPTA (Comment 2) :

    Look lets be realistic with most of our first choice players back fit I’d say we would have had a very good chance of rolling the Saders given their current form.

    But this is frankly way too much a disruption of the team to expect victory against a very strong Saders side.

    My backline if Jantjies is fit would be.

    Van Rensberg

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.03.12 09:45:58 by csb Reply

  • @LionsinPTA (Comment 2) :

    Coetzee looks a good talent, great feet and very quick. He could potentially be an excellent backup for Elton and also play in other positions in the backline. I definitely think Butch needs to move to 12, he doesnt seem to be able to get the backline moving like he used to – whether that’s got something to do with the outside backs or a lack of pace I’m not sure, but Coetzee at 10 is probably the way to go.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.03.12 09:47:20 by Pat Reply

  • We need Taute at fullback thats where he is most dangerous and Unfortunatly Kamana does not have the counter of Taute.

    Deon imo had his best game this season against the Stormers and is a very solid and dependable player. He has done the job at 13 for us before.

    Very frustarting !

    Like we need these injuries this specific season like a hole in the head.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.03.12 09:50:03 by csb Reply

  • @Pat (Comment 6) :

    Those no look grubber kicks seems to be all he has at the moment.

    Tactic of Coetzee on the wing worked on Sat ..took alot of the cleareance kicks and took pressure off James and Meyer.

    Putting him at 10 first up against the Saders imo is just asking too much.

    Let him start on the wing and as the game progresses maybe make the shift as subs go.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.03.12 09:53:28 by csb Reply

  • @csb (Comment 7) :

    Agree, Taute is best at fullback at the moment, Kamana seems better as an impact player when legs are tired. Although losing Doppies isnt great for you guys, it is a position that there is a fair amount of depth in once players return from injury.

    Waylon Murray and Mapoe can both play 13 with Hollenbach and James covering 12 so in the long run there is a little bit of depth.

    For the saders game put V Rensburg at 13 and stick Combrinck on the wing.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.03.12 09:53:32 by Pat Reply

  • @csb (Comment 8) :

    Butch that is.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.03.12 09:54:22 by csb Reply

  • @csb (Comment 5) : That’s what everybody else thought against the Stomers. The forwards should be a settle pack by now and with every game their confidence grow and like I said Andries, for me is ready.

    But I hear you, and I think if we were to beat the Saders we have to keep the ball tight and protect it all times. Then bring it out to the back’s.

    What will count in the Lions favour is that most of the Saders players do not know squad about these players. And it will give the Lions an advantage.

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.03.12 09:54:34 by LionsinPTA Reply

  • Well we’re not the coach and let’s see who John picks in the backline.

    At the forwards front I think we will see it unchanged.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.03.12 09:56:26 by LionsinPTA Reply

  • @csb (Comment 8) :

    I agree in an ideal situation playing him at wing is best to get used to the intensity and pace of the game and then shift him to 10 later in the match, but in reality these arent normal times at the moment. I think you just have to back the kid at 10 – the surprise factor might catch the Crusaders unaware – if it doesnt go well can always shift James to 10.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.03.12 09:58:26 by Pat Reply

  • funny how the currie cup final teams are the teams with the most injuries…

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.03.12 09:58:38 by MJ Reply

  • Okay let me pretend there are no injuries to the backline.


    9. Meyer
    15.Taute/Taute/Taute :mrgreen: Killian/Kamana

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.03.12 09:59:51 by csb Reply

  • @LionsinPTA (Comment 11) :

    You make some valid points ..I’d be over the moon with a win this Sat …

    I have mixed feelings about the Stormers match ..having thought we might get hammered to believe we can win and then dissapiontment when knowing we Could have won that game.

    We need to get that believe back we had in the CC.

    These are home games we are losing, not encouraging.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.03.12 10:03:14 by csb Reply

  • @MJ (Comment 14) :

    CC not for light weights 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.03.12 10:04:36 by csb Reply

  • @csb (Comment 16) : I know the feeling. To be honest I knew we were not going to pull it through against the Stomers, but I believe the Starstruck-syndrome is gone and the boys are ready to go against the Saders.

    Who knows maybe we can pull another 9 – 3 victory off?

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.03.12 10:09:15 by LionsinPTA Reply

  • @LionsinPTA (Comment 18) :

    I only just started getting my voice back ..shouted and screamed like a mad man ..but not be.

    Ellis Park was pretty full on Sat and had an excellent atmosphere.

    The fans need/HAVE TOO make the effort again this week and go.

    The team is gonna need every supporter if we too cause a upset.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.03.12 10:12:44 by csb Reply

  • @csb (Comment 19) : I will be there come Saturday!

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.03.12 10:19:03 by LionsinPTA Reply

  • This sucks for the Lions. At least you’re getting Elton back soon.

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.03.12 10:28:00 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @csb (Comment 15) :

    oh !! you found a way to clone Taute ? NICE !!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.03.12 11:02:37 by Zibbie Reply
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