Lions lose two for opener

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 4 Feb 2014 at 10:36
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The Lions confirmed yesterday that the two front-line players who sustained injuries during Saturday’s warm-up against the Southern Kings will indeed miss the start of the 2014 Super Rugby season.

Lock Rudi Mathee, who plays for Lions franchise partner the Pumas, suffered a hairline fracture to his forearm and will thus spend up to eight weeks on the sidelines. Fullback Andries Coetzee’s knee injury, though, was not as serious as feared; he sustained a grade 2 MCL strain, meaning a spell of up to a month out, but fortunately no operation required.

Both players should thus return to the selection frame well ahead of the Lions’ Antipodean tour.


  • Pumas’ Coenie van Wyk is back at the Lions a week after being released as Ruan Combrinck also suffer light concussion during the Kings game

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.02.14 11:36:32 by Baylion Reply
  • Always sorry to hear about any injury. Remember our bad run last year ? Lions will struggle during this S15. Depth big problem! Both Martin Muller and Franco Mostert returned from long layoffs with injuries. Not sure where they get a lock to partner Franco? T

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.02.14 11:37:50 by Observer Reply
  • @Observer (Comment 2) : can they not play that Britz at 4?

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.02.14 11:42:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • Willie can play 4 but probably not the best second row scrumming option, especially with the inexperienced props we have (apart from Bees Roux)

    Another option is Tecklenburg

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.02.14 11:45:55 by Baylion Reply

  • For S15 you need a proper 4 no make shift !

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.02.14 11:51:03 by Observer Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 4) : Isnt Tecklenberg a bit short? Just judging by seeing him on tv

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.02.14 11:55:46 by SheldonK Reply

  • Ackermann should talk to Naka about a loan agreement for Ligtoring!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.02.14 12:34:42 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 7) : Lol, somehow I don’t think that would work. Landman is going to playing many matches for the Cheetahs. Maybe they can loan Waltie Vermeulen, cos I reckon Andries Ferreira will also be in the S15 final squad.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.02.14 13:13:14 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 8) : I reckon all super15 coaches are holding onto their locks very tightly as they all seem to be going down at a quick rate.

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.02.14 13:50:45 by SheldonK Reply

  • We have Franco vd Merwe, Martin Muller, Franco Mostert and Ruan Venter. Not much experiance other than vd Merwe. Why dont we try to bring back Roodt?

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.02.14 15:19:47 by Mutley Reply
  • @Baylion (Comment 1) : Seeing that we are so thin at fullback at the moment why not move Marnitz to fullback and play Willie du Plessis at flyhalf?

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.02.14 15:21:35 by Mutley Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : I like Britz more as an impact player off the bench. I dont rate him as a lock, but he is a very decent back-up to have at loose forward

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.02.14 15:23:21 by Mutley Reply
  • Bring back Kobus Wiese and u will have the heaviest pack in superrugby……

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.02.14 15:24:06 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 13) : Wiese can go up againt Matfield 😛

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.02.14 15:25:30 by Mutley Reply

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