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
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