Hattingh starts for Lions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 2 May 2012 at 12:36
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John Mitchell has named his Lions team to face the Chiefs in the first matc of their overseas tour this weekend.

Rookie Grant Hattingh, who made a solid debut as a replacement lock against the Brumbies last week, makes his first start at blindside flank, while changes in the second row see Ruan Botha come in at 4 and Franco van der Merwe replace Hendrik Roodt at 5.

Derick Minnie replaces Cobus Grobbelaar at openside, while Ross Cronje starts at scrumhalf instead of Tian Meyer.

Caylib Oosthuizen has been bracketed with JC van Rensburg at loosehead prop, with the former needing to prove his fitness prior to the game. CJ van der Linde also returns to the match 22 after a long lay-off, covering both props from the bench.

Lions – 15 Andrie Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Josh Strauss (c), 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Franco van der Merwe, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen/JC Janse van Rensburg.
Subs: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Cobus Grobbelaar, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 James Kamana, 22 Michael Killian.


  • Chiefs by 15…

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.05.12 12:54:09 by shaniboi Reply
  • @shaniboi (Comment 1) : 1500.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.05.12 13:03:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • Chiefs will definitely get to cement their place at the top of the log

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.05.12 13:06:00 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Am I the only one who rates Killian above Slow Poke van Rensburg on the wing?

    I know I know, a shark supporter can`t really point fingers at pace when we`re still starting Odwa but really Deon van Rensburg??

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.05.12 13:10:10 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • Hattingh has been great in his debut match. Maties will miss him.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.05.12 13:17:44 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Dawie Theron will be nervously watching this game with Botha included in the engine room. Botha will have his hands full dealing with the form NZ lock, Retallick

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.05.12 15:26:11 by slammerboy Reply
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  • ok i am extremely confused why are the lions not playing Hendrik Roodt what is the situation there? why sign a player then not play them for no apparent reason or have i missed something?

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.05.12 15:51:17 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 7) :

    I think for the game against the Chiefs the Lions are looking to quell the dangerous Chiefs backs and halt their momentum and the area they have identified to do that is the lineout. If they can put three jumpers in Hattingh, Van Der Merwe and Botha into the mix to challenge then they can potentially stop the Chiefs at one of their main sources of attacking ball – as Roodt is not very adept at lineout work he falls out of that mix.

    Additionally I dont think he he has stepped up in the games that I have seen – for such a big lump he loses the ball far too easily. I think he was signed with potential in mind and it will take time to harness his potential.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.05.12 16:03:52 by Pat Reply

  • The only Chiefs team the Lions will beat is probably Kaizer Chiefs. Mitchell have thrown in the towel.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.05.12 16:24:07 by PaarlBok Reply


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