Minnie leads Lions to Newlands

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content on 21 Aug 2014 at 12:44
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Xerox Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann has made changes to his loose trio, but otherwise kept his winning side intact for this weekend’s top of the table Currie Cup clash at Newlands.

With Warren Whiteley on tour with the Springboks, Derick Minnie assumes the captaincy. He moves from blind side to open this week, making room for Warwick Tecklenberg in number 7 (Jaco Kriel is benched after his hat trick heroics last week). Willie Britz moves up from the bench to start at 8 in Whiteley’s place, making room in the 22 fro Martin Muller.

Interestingly, former Baby Bok loose forward Kwagga Smith is included as a backline reserve.

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


  • Very sporting of the Lions to bench Kriel and give WP a fighting chance 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.08.14 12:49:05 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Against the Kings Kwagga came on at wing and scored a try. 🙂

    But it an interesting bench but one that can up the pace in the last quarter with van der Merwe, Kriel, Smith and Mnisi.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.08.14 12:49:24 by Baylion Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : It’s Jaco’s birthday today so he’s getting a bit of a break to recover 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.08.14 12:53:26 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 3) : jeez, next time Ackies offers to get me a birthday present, I’ll say no thanks

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.08.14 13:23:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : I’ll trust Acker’s judgement. He has done well so far with his troop rotation, which don’t always make sense to us but seem to get the results

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.08.14 13:33:05 by Baylion Reply

  • I like this Lions team and the way they play the game as well.
    Ackers has got a well drilled unit here.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.08.14 13:40:17 by John Galt Reply

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  • This should be the match of the weekend. Go Lions.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.08.14 15:43:16 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Interesting to see the Lions support on this site, hasn’t happened for a while!

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.08.14 17:57:27 by Greg Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 2) : so I guess he was on the bench as a replacement back!?!?!?!?!

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.08.14 18:03:24 by JD Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 8) : I really admire the way they play. It is probably going to still take some time for their style of play to be successful at super level, but at least they have started on the road to a more balanced game plan.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.08.14 08:15:04 by Bokhoring Reply
  • If the Lions are in the game with 20-25min to go and bring on Akker, Kriel and Kwagga, we will be able to up the tempo and swing the game in our favour.
    Head says WP by 3
    Heart says Lions by 5

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.08.14 08:59:42 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 11) : Yeah, gotta be honest, I am a bit torn on this one, have yet to make my bru pick.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.08.14 09:07:11 by Greg Reply

  • The Lions play an interesting game…they dont play either a kick based or ball in hand based game specifically but rather mix it up and play what is in front of them which is very good to see. I still think they need to work on their defense as they leak too many soft points. Hopefully they can hold onto their players and attract guys there. A strong Lions team is good for SA rugby

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.08.14 09:25:58 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : The Lions re-signed most of their SR players – lost Franco van der Merwe and Willie Britz (as well as Coenie van wyk of the Pumas). I don’t see them signing big names soon

    Interesting comment by Ackers: “We like the way we play, it’s working for us. We had to adapt our team’s profile to the way we want to play. With the way we play we don’t need 115kg loosies; 2m, 120kg locks; or 130kg props. When we contracted over the last two years we ensured that players who came in fitted the profile we wanted.”

    This approach depends on team cohesion rather than big names but also makes that very few Lions will probably make the Bok side in the near future

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.08.14 10:34:02 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 14) : There are a lot of players in the fringes of teams that would definitely fit into that “Lions Mould” he is creating. And i would have to agree with your last comment..but having said that if the Lions are successful in Super rugby then that will have to change.

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.08.14 11:23:12 by SheldonK Reply

  • Yeer I’m scared of this team, hope the Lions won’t be able to fish my Sharks out of this competition if it happen that they meet in the knockout stages! Their right winger Lionel Mapoe is a marvel to watch! They are nt log leaders by mistake!

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.08.14 11:33:42 by sazito Reply

  • Late injury change.
    Jaco vd Walt out injured
    Stokkies Hanekom moves to flyhalf
    Lionel Mapoe moves to centre
    Courtnell Skosan comes in on the wing

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.08.14 16:38:09 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 17) : think it’s a bit tough on Hanekom to expect him to play flyhalf in such a crucial game.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.08.14 16:45:39 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 18) : I know. The Lions are skrewed at flyhalf. Boshoff and vd Walt injured. They let Willie du Plessis go to the Cheetahs and Jantjies in Japan

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.08.14 17:26:26 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 19) : ja I know, maybe should use a youngster.

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.08.14 22:13:20 by JD Reply
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