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Lions in exile

April 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

A brief look at the Lions in exile

On loan:

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

12 responses to Lions in exile

  1. Latest on Andries Coetzee’s injury: Tore ligaments in shoulder. Out for 4-6 months.

    Bad news for the youngster and the Lions

  2. Lets hope they pitch with full strength teams and not with some B- or C team; and that the Lions fans will also support their team in Ellis Park in numbers…both are needed. Good luck with that.

  3. At the moment unfortunately everything is working against the Lions. Players all over the show in other provinces in back-up roles, injuries, disappointing Lions challenge and totally empty stadiums. The only chance would be proper crowd attendance which would ignite a fighting spirit in the team and a wish that the remaining Lions challenge would be proper competitive games – so that they can be prepared for the pace and physicality. Obviously the Lions fans can wish for lots of injuries hitting the Kings – but personally I couldn’t bring myself down to wish for that for anybody.

    At the moment the Kings have a big upper hand, but as a Bulls supporter I wish good luck to the Lions.

    Ps. Lions Union must sort out the parking – it just sucks coming there and park to the slum. You don’t know whether you are stepping on shit, a broken bottle or a drug needle when coming off your car…Free non-stop bus shuttle service from 3hrs before and after games or something… and parking to a place where it’s comfortable to braai and drink before the games. Just do something!!

    • The games in June and July do promise to be against stronger opposition, if they all come off – Samoa, French Barbarians, Grenoble and Montpellier

  4. Just on Taute. From what i’ve heard down here the odds are you won’t see him run out in Lions colours again at all. I believe his contract runs out this year, and the man is even doing his rehab in Stellenbosch.

    On the short term loan agreement. I think it would have been hard to say no (legally speaking) I’m not sure what the implications are in terms of SARU rules, but I do know that if your offered rugby at a higher level and it goes to court you will get out of your contract. AJ Venter infamously got out of his by saying the Sharks do training runs on the beach.

    • Jaco, for the moment, is the least of the Lions worries as he’s out of it and won’t be available for the knockouts. And I think you are wrong about the legal implications. The players are contracted by the Lions and being paid by them, they have no legal right to play for anyone else. The loan deals, apart from that of Jantjies, are between the franchises and the Lions.

  5. WAARSKUWING: NUWE MISDAAD: Die SAPD reik ‘n waarskuwing uit oor ‘n nuwe misdaad in winkelsentrums. Jy word skielik van agter oorval, teen die grond gegooi en dan druk hulle iets in jou sak. Eers as hulle klaar weggehardloop het sien jy dis kaartjies vir die Southern Kings se volgende wedstryd saam met Luke Watson in die losie.

  6. The situation currently, with Super League teams using Lions players like cannon fodder to cover their own injury problems, is a sad reflection of the times. When the time comes for the Lions to
    front up to relegation matches, they will have a very limited player base to choose from.

    • It’s a slippery slope the Lions have gone onto. The original loan deals made sense as these were mainly players in line for Bok honours but these short term injury cover loans have a detrimental effect on the Lions continuity. Most of these players will only return shortly before the knockouts and will have to be integrated into the team. Already, in the Vodacom Cup we are seeing the Lions being rusty and struggling to play cohesive rugby on attack, this will get worse as time goes on unless we can have close to our full team for the last batch of preparation games

      • OR, they must decide now to stick with the team that are currently playing in VC. And maybe only use a select one or 2 of the guys that come back from other unions. Maybe include them on the bench as backup/impact players.

  7. never realised we “lost” so many players.. how are we expected to be competitive in promo/releg games?

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