Strong Lions for Bull fight

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content on 7 Aug 2014 at 14:13
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Apart from an uncapped greenhorn at inside centre, Xerox Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann has been able to name a strong side for Saturday’s Currie Cup opener against the Blue Bulls at Ellis Park.

There have been some setbacks, with the loss of Alwyn Hollenbach, Julian Redelinghuys and Michael Bondesio weakening the Super Rugby-strength side, but Ackermann has found able replacements for the latter two in Ruan Dreyer and Ross Cronje. Harold Vorster, a Junior Bok represetative in 2013, will play inside centre with Stokkies Hanekom winning a reprieve and starting outside him. Lionel Mapoe thus moves wingward, with Anthony Volminck another injury casualty.

Former Sharks and Griquas player Howard Mnisi has been named on the bench.

Xerox Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Ruan Combrinck, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Ricky Schroeder, 21 Jaco van der Walt, 22 Howard Mnisi.


  • Go Lions!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.08.14 15:35:50 by Mutley Reply
  • Really enjoyed some of the running rugby and never say die character that the Lions dished up every now and again in the SR. If they can continue in this vein with the CC, and get some consistency they could really be a side to watch.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.08.14 15:47:47 by stevovo Reply
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  • Good side…will keep an eye on that centre-pairing with interest…

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.08.14 18:00:45 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Ackermann seems to be a true player’s coach. Players seem to always be at the top of their game when playing under him, he really gets the best of the talent available to him. Would be interesting to see how he would do coaching a talent laden side. Dare I say he may even get more out of the Sharks players than JW has been able to do.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.08.14 23:49:35 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • This is not a bad team, I think if they keep this lot fit for the season they might reach the final and win the cup again.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.08.14 00:12:48 by JD Reply
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