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The Lions vs Cheetahs cat fight on Saturday

January 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

The fact that the GLRU and the FSRU have buried the hatchet doesn’t mean that the match between these traditional enemies won’t be a tough one, practice match or not. During the last few years Super Rugby seasons the regular season matches between the Lions and the Cheetahs tended to go to the home side.

For the Cheetahs this is clearly a pre-season “trial” match. With Naka Drotske resting some key players and others still out injured he not only wants to find his best back up players in certain positions but also his best replacements for the injured players.

Up front the Cheetahs will be missing Boks Coenie Oosthuizen and Heinrich Brussow, along with Andries Ferreira, Martin Muller, Phillip van der Walt and Pieter Labuschagne while amongst the backs Bok Johan Goosen, new recruit Johan Sadie, utility Willie Roux and Sevens Bok Rayno Benjamin will also sit out.

Although the Cheetahs are missing a number of key players they have still announced a formidable side to take on Johan Ackermann’s Golden Lions, who themselves are still testing combinations and giving new recruits the opportunity to show what they have.

Ackers has made noises in the media that indicate some large scale chances from the team that beat Russia last week and with centre Alwyn Hollenbach and flank Jaco Kriel back from injury they also should get a run. The Lions team will only be announced on Friday.

The match should be a close affair but I think the Cheetahs scrums are going to struggle against a Lions pack that has continued where they left off last year, even with all the new faces, and that was impressive against a strong Russian forward pack.

At the back the Lions will have to contain the youngster, Raymond Rhule, who made a great debut to senior rugby last year and will be looking at gaining higher honours this year.

Looking at the two teams I get the feeling that my SuperBru projection of the Cheetahs winning by 18 was too pessimistic and that the game will be a much closer match, even if it is just a practice match.

Whatever the match result it will give some indication of the competitive level of the current Lions squad.


15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 JP Nel, 12 Robert Ebersohn (k), 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Pieter van Zyl, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Tertius Daniller, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen

Subs: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Ligtoring Landman, 19 Waltie Vermeulen, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Barry Geel, 22 Hansie Graaff

Golden Lions:

15 Marnitz Boshoff,  14 Ruhan Nel, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Guy Cronje, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Gavin Annandale, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg(c).
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 JJ Breet, 19 Claude Tshibidi, 20 Michael Bondesio, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Andries Coetzee


9 responses to The Lions vs Cheetahs cat fight on Saturday

  1. Apparently the Kings only won their warm up against NMMU 28-12. Lost the second half 12-7. Should be alarming for them.

  2. Morning Bay

    I think this won’t tell us much really, only Ebersohn, Daniller, Piet van Zyl, Rhule, two of those locks and a prop would realistically be challenging for a run on spot come Feb 23.

    I think the game will be tight, the lions should have the edge at scrumtime like you said but in saying that. Caylib Oosthuizen did well last year in the competition for the lions while nyakane is getting a lot better. Rossouw De Klerk is an unknown quantity so we may be surprised (or not).

    Im hoping for a close game.

    • I get the impression that most of the players being “rested” are still injured or recovering from injury.

      Unfortunately for the Cheetahs, they will be without the services of Springboks Coenie Oosthuizen (neck), flyhalf Johan Goosen (knee) and Heinrich Brussow (shoulder) for all three warm-up games, as they are still recovering from their injuries. As well as Andries Ferreira and Martin Muller.

      Who else are being rested and who will make the best match 22?

      • As far as I understand both Johan’s (Goosen and Johan) are fine as well as Coenie, but they are eased back into things. Thats why they are rested.

        Adriaan Strauss, Sarel Pretorius, Frans Viljoen, Phillip vd Walt, Lappies Labushagne and Rayno Benjamin are top players being rested.

        • Some sources of mine said that Johan Goosen might even get a run against the Bulls in next week’s warm up, however I think he might get a few minutes against the stormers.

          As far as Heinrich is concerned, he might not be ready for the first game of the competition.

        • Unfortunately the franchises don’t provide a full injuries list. I checked the Cheetahs site but there’s nothing.

          • The injuries I know of is Ferreira and Muller.

            Guys recovering is Riaan Smit, Goosen, Juan Smith, Coenie, Brüssouw and Sadie.

          • I forgot about Willie Le Roux! He will also be on the recovering list.

            I would love to see a very close game. I don’t mind if the lions win as well, it will give the guys a wake up call before the season.

  3. Apparently the Lions will announce a new sponsor on Friday. Not sure whether it’s for the Lions Challenge or for Ellis Park or just a general sponsor.

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