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Golden Lions vs The Sharks

June 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Golden Lions will look to maintain their unbeaten run against the Sharks at Ellis Park when they play a stronger than expected Sharks team in their practice match. Unlike the mediocre team WP sent last week the Sharks decided to make use of the opportunity to give some of their players who lacked game time due to form or injury a run. They also included a number of  youngsters who will probably be part of their Currie Cup squad later this year.

The Lions last lost to the Sharks at Ellis Park in any competition in April 2010 and while this match is a practice match and, as such, the result is unimportant they will want to maintain their record against the Sharks while giving their players a good run both on attack and defence.

The Sharks put together a decent squad that includes a number of Springboks and experienced Super Rugby players but in the end it will be too much to ask a mix-and-match team to gel sufficiently on this outing to beat a settled Lions team.

The Golden Lions team sees a few changes from what can be regarded as their first choice team with Warren Whiteley and Jaco Kriel out with injuries and Ross Cronje getting a start but it is still a settled team. The Lions will look to improve on their defence, too often they have given away valuable territory when on defence due to ineffective first time tackles, and they need to ensure they stop the opposition behind the advantage line. On attack they will face a better defence from the Sharks than they have so far in previous matches and they need to play a more structured game to break it down.

The Sharks team is very much an experimental side and it will be interesting to see how Louis Ludik shapes at outside centre. We all know him as an exciting attacking fullback but can he bring that to the game playing in the midfield? They will also be testing their new Griquas lock, Edwin Hewitt.

Curtain raiser: A Lions B side will play the Griffons in a curtain raiser.

Golden Lions by 15


Golden Lions: 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Nicolaas Hanekom, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain).
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Gavin Annandale, 19 Lambert Groenewald, 20 Michael Bondesio, 21 Dylan des Fountain, 22 Deon van Rensburg.

Sharks: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Sean Robinson, 10 Andrew James, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Jandre Marais, 4 Edwin Hewitt, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Brynard Stander, 19 Khaya Majola, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Tyler Fisher.

Date: Friday, 21 June
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 19.00 SAST (TV SS1)

Curtain raiser vs Griffons

Kicks off: 14:00

Lions B:
15 Kobus De Kock, 14 JR Esterhuizen, 13 Deon Helberg, 12 Ruhan Nel, 11 Grant Janke, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Guy Cronje, 8 JJ Breet, 7 Claude Tsibidi, 6 De Wet Meyer, 5 Stephan Greeff, 4 Chris Van Zyl, 3 Van Zyl Botha, 2 Malcom Marx, 1 Jacques Van Rooyen.
16 Brett Sharmann, 17 Hannes Ludick, 18 Tiaan Benade, 19 DJ Oosthuizen, 20 Matt Torence, 21 Ashlyn Davis, 22 Jarred Meyer, 23 Chad De Klerk


12 responses to Golden Lions vs The Sharks

  1. Geez Bay,at some stages during that VP match I was really worried about the Lions. At the end the scoreline flattered them, and I hope it’s nog going to give them a false sense of security.

    This Sharks team is quite a bit stronger than the WP one, so they should provide a good test.

    • I didn’t see the WP game (didn’t even have cellphone signal where I was) but from what I read the Lions let it slip a bit in the middle part of the game. My worry is that we are not getting enough defence practice and we’re allowing the opposition too easy territorial gain when on defence. Hopefully this match will force them to be more focused, I won’t even mind a loss just to wake them up.

      • SInce you missed it… Stokkies had a blinder, and the ball just bounced perfectly for him each time. :)

        Tim Swiel was Tim Swiel, and gifted an intercept early on as well.

        Province never kicked for points, and always went for the 5 pointer by either tapping or kicking out. The actually dominated general play for long periods, and the Lions D (though penalised) did well to keep them out. They also scored some lucky tries at the death.

        I preferred watching the cricket, but did watch it after. Province ran from deep inside their own 22 as well. They were playing a BaaBaa game.

        • So, from what you are saying, WP gave the Lions some good defence practice?

          • Well Groom was at 9 and Swiel at 10. So Groom ran 2 steps before passing and Swiel went for the quadruple skip pass too often. :)

            Province did have way too many wasy linebreaks for a D coach to be happy, and then got cornerflagged, but the Lions kept them out in the red zone. They were fortunate not to concede cards though. Poor Groom was reminded me of Fourie DuP in how he was complaing at every penalty that it should be a card.

            And had WP kicked for posts (the Lion’s didnt either so its difficult to say) It would have been might tighter.

          • The Lions seem to focus more on cover defence rather than stopping players behind the advantage line. This allows the opponents to gain territory and it might cost them against stronger sides (and the Kings), which is why this worries me.

          • The problem isn’t focussing on cover defense, its a lack of first time tackles off set play. Everyone complains about Klaasen being all kinds of useless… guess what… He broke the line and offloaded against the Lions.

          • I should have said “rely”. The fact that they miss first time tackles is a worry.

          • What concerns me about the L:ions on attack is a lot of their play relies on a good bounce. They don’t use a well structured attack, but kick (and yes it has been working for them for the last few years) and somehow collect and score.

            If you played against a back 3 with sufficient technical nouse, thats not going to work.

  2. This Sharks team looks amazing. Some new names I don’t know but the ones that I do know, wow, so many talented players. Really glad Reinach is back in action as well, he deserves to be with the Boks linking up with Lambie at 10 but thats in an ideal world.

    Go Sharks!

    Is this game going to be televised?

    • Yes, just a pity they haven’t had time to play together otherwise it would have been quite a potent side. Youngsters like Fred Zeilinga and Tyler Fisher have been in the Sharks system for a while now.

      Yes, on SS1 tonight at 19h00

  3. You know, apart from freezing my nuts off at Ellis Park last Friday, I wasn’t very impressed with the display the Lions put out there against a very “mediocre” WP team, this Shark team suites me better, a bit more ” oommfff ” as your prvious post aknowledges, but still not a full functioning team.
    We still haven’t had any real resistance, apart from falling asleep on the park & paying for our mistakes, this makes me very edgy to wards the deadline, The Griquas match will be a goodie! them boys hold no punches! Go for it Boytjies!

    ” GO LIONS!!! “

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