Elton returns for Lions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content on 17 Oct 2013 at 11:55
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Flyhalf Elton Jantjies has been passed fit and will start in the all-important number 10 jersey for the Lions, against Western Province in this weekend’s Currie Cup semi-final at Newlands.

Jantjies replaces Marnitz Boshoff, who in turn moves to fullback in place of Chrysander Botha. The merry-go-round continues as the Namibian international moves to right wing, with Deon Helberg the man to drop out of the team (and in fact the 22) as a result. The other backline change sees Michael Bondesio again out, with Ross Cronje coming in for another start.

Up front, the front and back rows both see changes; CJ van der Linde and Ruan Dreyer come in to start at prop, with both Julian Redelinghuys and Jacques van Rooyen included on a 5-man forward bench. Jaco Kriel comes in for Warwick Tecklenberg in a rotational change at 6.

The decision to pick only two backline reserves sees Kobus de Kock and Lionel Cronje both fall out; Tian Meyer covers scrumhalf and Robert de Bruyn pretty much everything else.

Lions: 15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Chrysander Botha, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Andries Coetzee, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie (capt), 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 CJ van der Linde.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Warwick Tecklenburg, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Robert de Bruyn.


  • Hopefully this time around Elton can make his boolands match count… against the team he played for in SR!

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.10.13 12:12:37 by R Hayward Reply
  • Jaco Kriel can also cover centre 🙂

    Potentially potent backline if the Lions forwards can provide them with enough clean ball

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.10.13 12:13:00 by Baylion Reply
  • Lions by 4 💡

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.10.13 12:14:35 by pete69 Reply
  • I love the optimism, guys and obviously supporting the Lions all the way…

    but there’s no way in hell they’re going to win.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.10.13 12:21:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Shades of 2009 maybe? Both Sharks and WP lost their home semis 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.10.13 12:26:03 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 5) : there will be one upset, I fear. I don’t think it will be at Newlands.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.10.13 13:02:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : You know I kinda hope it turns out to be a Sharks vs WP final. Just because beating them in a final and at newlands (which I have no doubt we can do and should have done last weekend) will just be Awesome in every conceivable way. 😎

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.10.13 13:17:00 by gregkaos Reply
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  • I`m not sure how wise it is to bring Elton back for this crucial match. They might still think he`s their rainmaker, but he can`t have a lot of positive memories at Newlands this year . . . 🙄

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.10.13 13:56:30 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Go Lions

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.10.13 20:56:55 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Supporting the Lions all the way?
    Who are you, and how did you get Rob’s logon details? 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.10.13 08:37:50 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 10) : it’s not so much that I’m supporting the Lions as unsupporting Province 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.10.13 09:31:18 by robdylan Reply
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