Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby journalist
1 minute read
15 Oct 2015
3:14 pm

Big names back for the Lions

Rudolph Jacobs

Lions coach Johan Ackermann on Thursday recalled all his big names for their Absa Currie Cup home semifinal against the Cheetahs at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann. Picture: Lee Warren / Gallo Images.

Captain Jaco Kriel will again lead the team after the bulk of the first-choice players were rested last weekend in the final round-robin game against Griquas winning 29-19 and finished the regular season unbeaten after scoring their 10th straight win.

No less than four players who captained the side this year are in the starting team with Kriel being joined by No 8 Warren Whiteley, scrumhalf Ross Cronjé and centre Howard Mnisi all back on semifinal duty.

Prop Jacques van Rooyen and flanker Steph de Wit started from the bench last weekend while centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg, hooker Robbie Coetzee, flyhalf Jaco van der Walt, winger Sampie Mastriet, Fabian Booysen, who can cover both lock and loose-forward and the impact specialist flank Kwagga Smith are on the bench.

Prop Ruan Dreyer, who nurtured a leg niggle after lock Franco Mostert’s leg accidentally hit him on the knee last week in training, has been cleared and will provide the impact from the bench.

The Lions also hosted the semifinal last season beating the Sharks 50-20, but then lost the final 19-16 away from home against Western Province at Newlands.


  1. Jacques van Rooyen
  2. Malcolm Marx
  3. Julian Redelinghuys
  4. Lourens Erasmus
  5. Franco Mostert
  6. Jaco Kriel ©
  7. Steph de Witt
  8. Warren Whiteley
  9. Ross Cronje
  10. Marnitz Boshoff
  11. Anthony Volmink
  12. Howard Mnisi
  13. Stokkies Hanekom
  14. Courtnall Skosan
  15. Andries Coetzee



  1. Robbie Coetzee
  2. Ruan Dreyer
  3. Fabian Booysen
  4. Kwagga Smith
  5. Jaco van der Walt
  6. Rohan Janse van Rensburg
  7. Sampie Mastriet