Front row crisis for Lions


The Lions have been struck by a double blow in the front row with the news that both JC Janse van Rensburg and CJ van der Linde will be unavailable for their clash with the Sharks this weekend.


Van der Linde replaced Janse van Rensburg when the big loosehead tore ligaments in his toe in the game against the Hurricanes, but the versatile Springbok left the field shortly afterwards with a groin injury, which also meant uncontested scrums for the rest of the game.

Janse van Rensburg will be out for three months, which is a big loss for the Lions this season considering Van der Linde’s well-known fragility. The Bok front row forward has been spent a significant portion of his career sidelined with injuries and his absence for the next month leaves the Lions a bit short upfront.

Following their heartbreaking late loss to the Hurricanes on Friday the Lions will be determined to step up when they face the Sharks who will be looking for their first victory of the season in Durban this weekend.

The man most likely to fill the void in the No.1 jersey is Jacobie Adriaanse, with University of Johannesburg props Caylib Oosthuizen and Ruan Dreyer also in the frame.

With first-choice hooker Bandise Maku already ruled out with a long-term chest injury the Lions will have to dig deep to match the physical Sharks pack at Kings Park.

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  1. And there’s still 22(?) weeks to go?
    Dunno why they bought CJ in the first
    place – injury prone AND useless.

    A blogger on 365:
    Ricky Januarie is availabble.
    Cheap. Will settle for KFC and
    Steers vouchers.

  2. Stress!!!

    Not looking good for Lions. Biggest loss is Mike Rhodes who brought aggression to the Lions forwards last year. With Rhodes, Maku, JC, CJ and Van Heerden out we are in deep shit.

    Oosthuizen and Dryer are awesome young talents but I will never support pushing young props into games like these. Break that prop young and he’s lost to rugby.

  3. Reply to Kat @ 8:08 am:

    Guys like Peter de Villiers (player), Mauritz Botha etc. that never got a chance in SA showed they are top quality so I really think that there are more of them out there and at times like these it is the job of the talent spotters to take off their Craven week glasses and find them!

  4. Te worst possible start for the Lions seems all our fears as fans has become reality.
    We missing keys player now that made this team what it was last year.

    Mitchell,Ackerman and Carlo’s are gonna have to sprinkle some SR experience dust over a few players and pronto ..

    This could get ugly and the loss to the Canes was not what this team needed.