Lions in exile
April 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
A brief look at the Lions in exile
Jaco Taute (Stormers): Had a shaky start in his first match against the Bulls, took a knock in the nuts that sidelined him for a number of games, returned for two bench appearances before a knee injury sidelines him for the rest of the year. Long term injury
Lionel Mapoe (Bulls): A regular starter for the Bulls at wing but an up and down season in terms of performance. Very active and gets involved but his defence remains a concern. Had a good game against the Kings.
Elton Jantjies (Stormers): Another one with a shaky start to his Stormers sabatical. Relieved of kicking duties after an Oh from Four display against the Bulls, he had two good games against the Chiefs and the Brumbies when entrusted with the responsibility to manage the game but otherwise seems uncertain as to his role in the team and the gameplan that changes every week. Injury has sidelined him for a few weeks.
Franco van der Merwe (Sharks): He’s a grafter rather than one who would put them on the front foot but a solid performer for the Sharks in the lineouts and mauls.
Callie Visagie (Bulls): Being the third choice hooker for the Bulls he has spent most of his time in the Vodacom Cup team with only a few bench appearances in Super Rugby but scored a try in his first match.
Martin Bezuidenhout (Stormers): Used as cover for the Stormers hookers he has mostly played off the bench and will probably see less game time now that Scarra Ntubeni is back.
Derick Minnie (Sharks): Called up to provide the Sharks with a specialist fetcher and is included in the starting XV for the match against the Chiefs. His penchant for gving away penalties won’t endear him to the suffering Sharks.
JC Janse van Rensburg (Sharks): Will join up with the Sharks downunder and will probably be in the match 22 from week 2 on tour.
Andries Coetzee (Sharks): Had an active but disastrous debut for the Sharks. Had a good game in general but a heavy fall going for a high ball left him with a dislocated shoulder and out of action for a few months. Long term injury
Pat Cilliers (Stormers): Hasn’t really made an impact at the Stormers and has mainly been played off the bench as a utility prop.
Michael Rhodes (Stormers): Was out with injury for the most of the season so far but made an impact since he started.
Ruan Botha (Stormers): Has been out with injury so far.
Paul Willemse (Bulls): Established himself on the bench for the Bulls until an injury put him out of action.
Etienne Oosthuizen (Brumbies): Not part of the regular Brumbies squad but played in a few games.
Grant Hattingh (Bulls): Established himself as a regular starter playing mainly at lock until injury sidelined him.
Rudy Paige (Bulls): Had a few games off the bench but playing mainly in the Vodacom Cup side.
Caylib Oosthuizen (Cheetahs): Had a few games off the bench but playing mainly in the Vodacom Cup side.
Bandise Maku (Kings): Swops the starting spot with another ex-Lion, Hannes Franklin.
Waylon Murray (Kings): Took over the starting #13 spot after returning from injury.
Michael Killian (Kings): Will be playing his first match against the Cheetahs after returning from injury.
Josh Strauss (Glasgow Warriors): Has established himself as a regular with the Warriors.
Jacobie Adriaanse (Scarlets): Has established himself as a regular with the Scarlets
Doppies la Grange (Treviso): Has established himself as a regular with Teviso