Lions put key players on standby

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:16

NEWS: The Lions have placed a group of key players on standby, ruling them out of Currie Cup contention for the next few weeks.

The Lions are currently involved in two top-flight competitions.

They host the Sharks in a Super Rugby quarterfinal match at Ellis Park on Saturday and Sunday they travel to Nelspruit to play the Pumas in the Currie Cup competition with another squad.

To avoid disruptions to both squads - in case of injury - the Lions have decided to 'freeze out' a number of players.

Justin Ackerman, Hencus van Wyk, Robbie Coetzee, Robert Kruger, Dillon Smit, Jaco van der Walt and Anthony Volmink are all training with the Super Rugby squad and not available for Curie Cup duty - even though they are not in the quarterfinal matchday squad.

They will remain with the Super Rugby squad as long as the team continue their winning streak.

Captain Warren Whiteley, centre Howard Mnisi, as well as props Dylan Smith and Julian Redelinghuys are unavailable as a result if injuries.

There are currently no matches being played
Sun, 24 September 2017
London Irish v Northampton Saints 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Wasps 14h00 Sandy Park
Fri, 29 September 2017
Sharks v Golden Lions 17h00 Durban
Newcastle Falcons v London Irish 18h35 Kingston Park
Worcester Warriors v Saracens 18h35 Sixways
Sale Sharks v Gloucester 19h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Glasgow Warriors v Treviso 19h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Leinster v Edinburgh 19h35 RDS Arena
Scarlets v Connacht 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
Sat, 30 September 2017
Griquas v Free State Cheetahs 12h00 Kimberley
Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs 13h00 Welford Road
Munster v Cardiff Blues 13h30 Thomond Park
Northampton Saints v Harlequins 14h00 Franklin's Gardens
Cheetahs v Ospreys 14h00 Bloemfontein
Wasps v Bath 14h00 Ricoh Arena
Zebre v Ulster 14h35 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
South Africa v Australia 15h05 Bloemfontein
Dragons v Kings 18h35 Rodney Parade
Sun, 01 October 2017
Argentina v New Zealand 22h30 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 10 9 0 1 43
Free State Cheetahs 9 6 0 3 30
Western Province 9 5 0 4 27
Golden Lions 9 4 0 5 25
Pumas 10 4 0 6 24
Blue Bulls 9 3 0 6 20
Griquas 10 2 0 8 16