SR: Lions 34(14),Rebels 17(10)


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The Rebels are hoping to end a three-match losing streak, while the Lions broke a two-month-long victory drought just before the June Test window.

There was no hiding the disappointment within the Rebels camp after succumbing to a third straight loss to an Australian conference rival in  Round 17, with a late try flattering the Rebels’ score – as the Reds comprehensively outplayed them to win 36-20 in Melbourne last Friday.

However, their disappointing run in recent games will not convince Lions coach Johan Ackermann that this will be an ‘easy’ game.

On the contrary, the wily Lions mentor believes the Australian outfit remains as dangerous as any side in the competition when they switch on.

Previous result:
2012: Lions won 37-32, Johannesburg


Lions: 15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Nicolaas Hanekom, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen/Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Derick Minnie, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Lionel Mapoe.

Rebels: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Tom Kingston, 13 Tamati Ellison,12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Colby Fainga’a, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa,17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Jordy Reid, 21 Nic Stirzaker, 22 Jason Woodward, 23 Telusa Veainu.

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry, Cobus Wessels
TMO: Johan Greeff

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Better known as Bunny, Took over after Pissant went over to the "Dark Side"


  1. @Jacques(Bunny):

    For those who wonder if Boshoff can take the ball to the line and distribute I’d suggest watching the captain’s try and how he intentionally ran for contact, took two tackles to open a gap and then flipped off to let the skipper waltz through.

    Willie Britz…


    The whole Lions loose trio is based essentially on speed and being able to compete viciously at breakdowns…

  2. Bladdy good season all things considered – there’s bigger all big names in that lions squad – maybe Ackerman is a genius of iets? He was a damn good enforcer lock , they not known for what’s going on upstairs tho. Maybe it’s just a good old team spirit

  3. After the past weekend I have to agree with you.

    Looks like his Bok experience stood him in excellent stead… I am in two minds… one hopes we keep him and the other realises Meyer will not look at him until he plays for the Sharks, Stormers or Bulls…

  4. “compete viciously at breakdowns”
    Should be the foremost – if not only – criteria for HM’s loose trio selection

  5. Just want to come on here and congratulate the Lions team on their best season since they split from the Cats.

    6 wins so far with a potential one against the Cheetahs coming this week. I was very vocal at the start of the year thinking the Lions will have another wooden spoon effort, but they served me some humble pie with their performance.

    I must admit I enjoy watching them play as they seem to enjoy their rugby this year, something the Stormers also seem to be doing in the past few games.

    All-in-all a good season for the Lions, I trust they will hold on to their players for next year and continue the upward trend they have started this year.