Richard Ferguson

Lions bracket Jantjies to start

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 29 Mar 2016 at 12:33
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After initially being diagnosed with a 3 month lay-off, Elton Jantjies has been bracketed into the team announced to play the Crusaders at Ellis Park this Friday evening.

Jantjies is obviously still having to prove his fitness later in the week and has been bracketed with Marnitz Boshoff in the starting flyhalf position. Should Jantjies not start the game, Boshoff will play in his first game of the season, after being left at home for the Lions tour that started their season.

Also bracketed into the starting team is Andries Ferreira, who is yet to prove his fitness ahead of the clash. Lourens Erasmus will start the match should he not make it.

In other Lions related news, coach Johan Ackermann has signed a contract extension with the Union. His contract was to end after the Currie Cup completion later in the year, but has instead signed on. The official announcement to be released later today will have more detail regarding the length of the contract.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies/Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira/Lourens Erasmus, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith

Substitutes: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg


  • Don’t like to compare games but think this game might just tell us where the Sharks are and how good or bad we played against the Saders.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.03.16 13:24:01 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 1) : I think if we play the same way we did against the Crusaders by feeding their potent backline with aimless kicks it is going to be another long day indeed, with us having to rely on resolute defence and opportunistic tries.

    I really hope this is not the case though, and we come back in two weeks time having worked on some different options.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.03.16 13:27:57 by stevovo Reply
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  • Go Lions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    If Elton is not 100% fit we should not risk him. I hope that Boshoff’s mind will be on the Saders game and not on his wife shopping in Ireland.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.03.16 14:17:58 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 3) : haha im sure Boschoff will be focussed until he gets those sms’s from his credit card being swiped haha

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.03.16 14:30:13 by SheldonK Reply

  • Very young bench, apart from the front row replacements

    19 Ruan Ackermann (20)
    20 Cyle Brink (22)
    21 Dillon Smit (23)
    22 Jaco van der Walt (22)
    23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg (21)

    4 Lourens Erasmus (22)
    2 Malcolm Marx (21)
    1 Dylan Smith (23)

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.03.16 14:57:41 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 5) : Marx has been pretty impressive.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.03.16 15:03:00 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 6) : He has been. The Lions nursed him through his junior years, not giving him much senior game time except in the Vodacom Cup. It looks like he wants to step up big time this year

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.03.16 15:13:19 by Baylion Reply

  • @JD (Comment 1) : the saders had a tough game in dbn.they now travel to jhb to play a rested lions team in the thin highveld air.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.03.16 15:21:22 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 8) : but we now know that altitude, travel and two or three hard games does not play any role in a teams performance it was just all myths and excuses!

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.03.16 16:12:44 by JD Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 2) : can’t see a lot change as almost right after the rest the Sharks go on tour.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.03.16 16:14:08 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 9) : 😀

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.03.16 16:16:10 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 11) : exactly!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.03.16 16:55:03 by JD Reply
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  • lions have a very nice squad, not only do they have classy players, but also less talent players that seem to fit the system very well

    so whatever akermann is doing is making decent players good, and good players play great

    also its interesting how all three of their hookers are on a rotation system, that seems to be working really well (aker, mm, coatzee that is, pretorius seems to be left out)

    MM had alot of hype around him a year and a half ago, they really tried to equip him as best they could before his super rugby debut, i remember him still struggling though, buy since then his developed awesomely

    strangely enough the only time i saw him play live was at the 2013 currie cup final at newlands, he was in the lions under 19 team (who got their buts kicked by the bulls), one of the guy that sat near to me at that game (you dont sit on you ticket seat until the main game) said that he was on school with MM and they were good buds, and he came to watch the game as he was studying in cape town now.

    He said that MM was a big kid and use to play lock, then coaches encouraged him to shift to hooker, and this was the selling point: he had similar build to Bissy, and thag with the right development he could be the next ”bismark”, seems to be working out

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.03.16 22:03:37 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 13) : I’ve been watching Marx for some time now and he is stepping up nicely into senior rugby. He seems to have sorted his lineout work now, something that he struggled with in the past. As far as I know he was primarily a loosie until about Grade 10 although he might have been used at lock as well

    Height: 1.89 m
    Weight: 114 kg

    Height: 1.88 m
    Weight: 119 kg

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.03.16 05:14:48 by Baylion Reply

  • I am looking forward to seeing how a different strategy goes against the Saders…

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.03.16 06:38:35 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 15) : You and me both.

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.03.16 07:14:09 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 15) : If Boschoff plays instead of Janjies you could see the Lions kick more than usual. Im not too bothered about the actual result, well other than superbru points, but what i am going to try see is how the Lions players protect the ball in contact and at the ruck. The Sharks are really struggling with that so will be interesting to see the Lions technique in that area

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.03.16 08:07:12 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) : good point about taking contact while carrying the ball up, we always seems saders technique when tackling is so so good, they get it right to strip the ball tackle and set up the next guy for a steal/turnover so often. Not to say that they dont get pushed back or slip tackles, they do, but they’re ability to get the ball from you if you hit their line is insanely good

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.03.16 20:17:46 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 18) : I definitely agree. I also think that our pretty poor technique taking the ball into contact does make that job of ripping/stealing the ball that much easier for them though. Because we lead with the ball into contact we also cant offload as well as the NZ sides

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.03.16 08:17:08 by SheldonK Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 15) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 16) : @SheldonK (Comment 17) : must say I think this Lions vs Saders game is going to be interesting! I’m unfortunately going to miss it but hopefully will get some updates and match info here on Sharksworld! And yes that’s a huge hint!!! please post updates!!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.03.16 20:16:27 by JD Reply
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