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
Sat, 20 January 2018
Montpellier v Leinster 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Glasgow Warriors v Exeter Chiefs 13h00 Scotstoun Stadium
Cheetahs v Kings 15h00 Bloemfontein
Saracens v Northampton Saints 15h15 Allianz Park
Clermont Auvergne v Ospreys 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Treviso v Bath 17h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Scarlets v Toulon 17h30 Parc y Scarlets
Sun, 21 January 2018
Leicester Tigers v Racing Metro 13h00 Welford Road
Munster v Castres 13h00 Thomond Park
La Rochelle v Harlequins 15h15 Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Wasps v Ulster 15h15 Ricoh Arena
Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 12 10 0 2 47
Western Province 12 7 0 5 37
Golden Lions 12 6 0 6 35
Blue Bulls 12 5 0 7 32
Free State Cheetahs 12 6 0 6 31
Pumas 12 4 0 8 27
Griquas 12 4 0 8 26