Lions gearing up for Super Rugby & Vodacom Cup

Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has announced a 23-man side to face the Southern Kings in Nelson Mandela Bay, this Saturday.


Several players that Ackermann opted to rest for last weekend’s warm-up, against the Leopards/NWU-Pukke, will make the trip down to the Eastern Cape. Julian Redelinghuys, Franco van der Merwe, Jaco Kriel, Warren Whiteley, Michael Bondesio, Marnitz Boshoff and Andries Coetzee will all start this weekend’s match.


In other changes, Willie Wepener is promoted to the starting XV as Robbie Coetzee provides cover on the wood.


In the backline, Lionel Mapoe comes in at outside centre as JW Jonker is moved to the bench. Chrysander Botha will also start at wing for this fixture.


The match will kick off at 17h00


The Lions Team: 15. Andries Coetzee 14. Chrysander Botha 13. Lionel Mapoe 12. Stefan Watermeyer 11. Courtnall Skosan 10. Marnitz Boshoff 9. Michael Bondesio 8. Warren Whiteley (c) 7. Derick Minnie 6. Jaco Kriel 5. Franco van der Merwe 4. Rudi Mathee 3. Julian Redelinghuys 2. Willie Wepener  1. Schalk van der Merwe. Replacements: 16.   Robbie Coetzee 17.   Jacques van Rooyen 18.   Corne Fourie 19.   Willie Britz 20.   Warwick Tecklenburg 21.   Faf de Klerk 22.   Willie du Plessis 23.   JW Jonker


At the same time the Vodacom Cup team will face the Bl;ue Bulls in a warm-up in Polokwane. Head coach of the Vodacom Cup side, Russel Winter named the following side which will see Bess Roux in the starting line-up:


Golden Lions Team: 15. Ruan Combrinck 14. Deon van Rensburg 13. Stokkies Hanekom 12. Alwyn Hollenbach 11. Vainon Willis 10. Guy Cronje (c) 9. Ross Cronje 8. Ruaan Lerm 7. Cyle Brink 6. Stephan de Witt 5. Franco Mostert 4. Martin Muller 3. Bees Roux 2. Malcolm Marx 1. Charles Marais. Replacements: 16. Mark Pretorius 17. David Kounga 18. Pieter Vorster 19. MB Lusaseni 20. Lourens Erasmus 21. Lambert Groenewald 22. Jano Venter 23. Ricky Schroeder 24. Kobus de Kock 25. Deon Helberg 26. Brendon Hewitt



About Dave

I totally love sport. Rugby, cricket and soccer, but my first love will always be rugby. Other than sport I write my own poems and other interestings articles. I also love cooking. A man of many talents. When it come to Cricket I'm a Cape Cobras, Kolkata Knight Riders and Proteas supporter. Soccer there is only one team and that is Man United and Germany internationally. Other than that I'm a loving father and husband.

Posted on January 31, 2014, in South African Rugby, Super 15 Rugby. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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