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Lions vs Blue Bulls – Gauteng Rugby Cup at Orlando Stadium

January 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

In a match to commemorate the first match of the Blue Bulls (then Northern Tranvaal) against the Lions (then Transvaal) in 1938 the Lions and Blue Bulls will play for the Gauteng Rugby Cup as part of the Gauteng Sports Challenge at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, 2 February at 15h00.

With a number of their senior players out with injury the Blue Bulls named a predominantly young but seriously talented side to take on Lions the trans-Jukskei clash. The team is loaded with players who played for the u/20 Boks in recent years, 13 to exact. Most of these players should get some game time during this year’s Super Rugby season but hardly any can be seen as first choice players.

Up front I think they will struggle in the scrums but the main interest must be the centre pairing of Serfontein and Mapoe, that is if Louis Fouche can find some way to make use of their skills.

The contest between Fouche and Lionel Cronje (the Bulls discard) will also be interesting to watch. Can Cronje replicate his performance against the Cheetahs an put in a smile-wiper of a performance against his former team-mates?

With all this talent facing them, and the fact that they are playing their Gauteng neighbours, I expect that the Lions will name the best available side.

Lions:

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert , 4 Hendrik Roodt, 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 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Ruhan Nel

 

Blue Bulls:

15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Travis Ismaiel (2012), 13 Lionel Mapoe (2008), 12 Jan Serfontein (2012), 11 Sampie Mastriet (2009), 10 Louis Fouchè, 9 Jano Vermaak (v/c), 8 Arno Botha (2011), 7 Jean Cook (2011), 6 Deon Stegmann (c), 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse (2012), 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Juan Schoeman (2011)

Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi (2011), 17 Hencus van Wyk, 18 Wiaan Liebenberg (2012), 19 Cornell Hess (2009), 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Handrè Pollard (2012), 22 Ulrich Beyers (2011), 23 Jacques du Plessis (SA Schools – 2011)

10 responses to Lions vs Blue Bulls – Gauteng Rugby Cup at Orlando Stadium

  1. Interesting stats:

    First class caps:
    Lions: 779
    Bulls: 781

    However, the Bulls the more players with less than 10 caps:
    Lions: 4
    Bulls: 10

  2. I think the lions will take this game, but wouldve had Lionel Cronje at 10 not Boshoff.

  3. Go Go Jacques van Rooyen !! =)

  4. Yes the game last week was ok, but we are not facing strong enough oppositon at the moment to actually put the youngsters under the pressure i would like to see, then we can see where we stand, how the team copes with each other under pressure, so far it has been a run of the mill, b sides in my opinion, don’t get me wrong, I love it! Watching our boys win, but true grit & stamina are yet to come for the guys in red & white!!! ” GO LIONS!!! “

    • At the moment we are sorting out the squad and getting the new guys settled in. The more intense games comes later, after the US tour, when we play Samoa, French BaaBaas, Montpellier and Grenoble

  5. The Lions:

    Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert , 4 Hendrik Roodt, 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 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Ruhan Nel

  6. Lions will take this one as well.

  7. Bulls team change: Louis Fouche out (probably not fully recovered), Tiaan Schoeman to start at 10

  8. I was impressed with Lionel against the Cheetahs.

    However, everything was going the Lions’ way. It will be interesting to see if he’s developed the mental strength to recover from making a mistake that actually costs the team.

    It does look like a Bulls side that would have had a hard game of it against last week’s Cheetahs, so I’m betting on the Lions to take it by quite a bit.

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