Richard Ferguson

Further turmoil at the Lions

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content on 2 Aug 2012 at 08:09
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The bearded wonder, who has no more beard, has stepped down as captain of the Lions. reports that Josh Strauss will concentrate on his own game, stating that the pressure of Super Rugby and the strained relationship between the team and head coach John Mitchell is too much for him to handle.

Strauss was quoted as saying that he is not happy with his own form, and wants to focus on playing at blindside flank, a move he believes, will boost his career.

The Lions take on the Bulls in a pre-Currie Cup friendly encounter, where Strauss has been selected in the blindside flank role. The captaincy has been handed to prop JC Janse van Rensburg on a temporary basis.

This is a further dent in the Lions’ title defence, as coach John Mitchell is still out of action, as results of his hearing are yet to be released. In the interim, Johan Ackermann has been coaching the side, with the help of Carlos Spencer, as the team start their Currie Cup campaign in just over a week.

The teams to take on each other in the friendly:

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Derick Minnie, 7 Josh Strauss, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain).

Substitutes: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Patric Cilliers, 19 Ruan Dreyer, 20 JC Wasserman, 21 Cobus Grobbelaar, 22 Warren Whiteley, 23 Willie Britz, 24 Ross Cronje, 25 Guy Cronje, 26 Justin St Jerry, 27 Chrysander Botha, 28 JR Esterhuizen, 29 Richard Aingworth, 30 Whestley Moolman, 31 Grant Janke.

Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Clayton Blommetjies, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Cornell Hess, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Dawie Steyn.

Substitutes 16 Morné Mellett, 17 Robbie Coetzee, 18 Rossouw de Klerk, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Grant Hattingh, 21 Warwick Tecklenburg, 22 Wiaan Liebenberg, 23 Ruan Snyman, 24 Lionel Cronjé, 25 Adri Jacobs, 26 Jerome Pretorius.


  • Lions still without Bandise Maku, CJ vd Linde, Micheal Rhodes, Alwyn Hollenbach, Dylan des Fountain, Deon van Rensburg and Jaco Taute and I hope they return soon, they will be a huge boost

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.08.12 08:32:51 by Mutley Reply
  • I read on Suparugby that Spencer and Wayne Taylor is no longer with the Lions, apparently if the Lions ended last in the SuperXV, the union had an option to end their contracts and they did.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.08.12 08:52:21 by Mutley Reply
  • No Official Coach, No Official Captain, No Chance of retaining their title! 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.08.12 08:57:20 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Mutley (Comment 2) :

    I will follow that up..

    But it is very interesting..

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.08.12 09:05:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : Question : Number 25 for the Bulls. Could there be a spelling mistake?
    Is Adi Jacobs a bull now?

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.08.12 09:07:39 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 5) : What happened to Adi? Is he playing in europe or some place?

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.08.12 09:11:49 by Viking Reply
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 5) : no. It’s Adri Jacobs, one of the Bulls million young scrumhalves. He played Baby Boks in 2010

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.08.12 09:14:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • The article on SupaRugby by Andre Bester

    Die Leeus nou Carloos, Taylor-loos en Mitchell-loos nadat die twee Kiwi’s, Carlos Spencer en Wayne Taylor Dinsdag ook hul tasse gepak het. Die enigste Kiwi in die groep is nou die heelagter James Kamana.

    Johan Ackermann is nou die enigste lid van die afrigtingspan wat steeds aan die stuur van die Leeus-skip is en hopelik sal die Leeus nou na plaaslike afrigters wat die kultuur en spelers binne die Unie ken, aanstel.

    Tussen Mitchell, Spencer en Taylor het hulle oor die R400 000 per maand verdien en die Leeus sal groot spaar sonder hulle in hul midde.

    Daar was blykbaar in die Nieu-Seelanders se kontrakte ‘n opsie dat indien die Leeus laaste in Super-rugby sou eindig hul kontrakte beeindig kon word.

    Die Leeus se uitvoerende bestuur het toe besluit om die opsie uit te oefen.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.08.12 09:45:18 by Mutley Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Thanx for clearing that up!

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.08.12 09:56:42 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Shame

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.08.12 09:57:29 by Bite me Reply

    Bite me
  • @Mutley (Comment 8) : That R400 000 a month will help a lot to payoff the Kings so that the Lions can stay in the SuperRugby comp 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.08.12 10:07:50 by Viking Reply
  • I see Guy Cronje has changed his name to Gus Cronje(25) for the Lions!! 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.08.12 10:19:13 by markm Reply

  • @markm (Comment 12) : guess Sport24 don’t pay their subs very well (if they even have any).

    We’ve corrected out version.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.08.12 10:28:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • captain courageous. does anyone know why he shaved his beard? is his girl with him now?

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.08.12 10:33:02 by Dunx Reply

  • Now I see that the Bulls also signed Paul Willemse from the Lions. I just hope there is not to much of a exodus of players from the Lions in the near future?

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.08.12 10:50:44 by Viking Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : @Original Pierre (Comment 5) : Adri Jacobs was an outside centre,am surprised he’s still in Pretoria,thought he would’ve left a long time ago

    Really chuffed to see Lionel Cronje back from injury,got an uphill battle to regain form and try and push to the Bulls main team,but that’s a Queenian we talking about,they don’t breed tougher or mentally stronger than us

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.08.12 12:17:54 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 16) : oh sorry… I couldn’t work out if he was a centre or a scrummie…

    Am I confusing him with another Jacobs? Lohan?

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.08.12 12:51:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • guys, where (if anywhere) is the confirmation of Willemse signing for the blue scum?

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.08.12 12:52:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Supersport made the anouncement although the Bulls still need to confirm.

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.08.12 13:07:07 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 19) : ah – thanks

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.08.12 13:12:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Lions CC team against the Bull-calves.

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.08.12 18:53:28 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • Don’t worry boys, the future of Springbok lock partnerships are safely in the trusty hands of our beloved Sharks.

    Anton Bressler + Pieter Steph du Toit 😉

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.08.12 20:19:41 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • it looks like the lions are digging there own grave.bring on the kings!!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.08.12 08:46:28 by pete69 Reply


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