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Lions back to full(ish) strength


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content on 16 Oct 2012 at 13:03
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Lions coach Johan Ackermann has named his side to face Western Province in this weekend’s Currie Cup semi-final at Coca-Cola Park. Last week’s captain, Butch James, loses his spot in the run-on side as one of a slew of changes to the outfit the suffered a hammering against the Bulls last week.

Ackermann has been able to reunite what is arguably his strongest halfback pair, with fit-again Michael Bondesio and Elton Jantjies preferred to Ross Cronje and James respectively. both of the latter players will be on the bench this week, along with Deon Helberg, who’s replaced at right wing by Ruan Combrinck. Andries Coetzee comes back in at fullback, the position in which Combrinck played last, while Jaco Taute replaces Deon van Rensburg at 13 and will partner either Alwyn Hollenbach, or Dylan des Fountain should the former not pass a late fitness test. Anthony Volminck in jersey 11, is the only backline player guaranteed to start in the same position as last week.

Up front, JC van Rensburg returns to lead the side, with Jacobie Adriaanse joining him in the front row. One of CJ van der Linde or Pat Cilliers will be the reserve prop, again depending on the former’s fitness. It speaks volumes for the esteem in which Ackermann holds both van Rensburg and Adriaanse that he’ll pick them ahead of his two Bok props. At lock, Franco van der Merwe returns to join Micheal Rhodes, while Warren Whiteley and Baywatch Grobbelaar start in the back row, ahead of Derick Minnie and Willie Britz. Minnie makes the bench, along with Hendrik Roodt, while the likes of Britz and Paul Willemse are not quite so fortunate.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach/ Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain)

Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 CJ van der Linde/Pat Cilliers, 18 Hendrik Roodt, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Butch James, 22 Deon Helberg



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