Lions stars get some game time

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:59
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: With the June International Test series halting Super Rugby proceedings, the Golden Lions have opted to use the National Provincial Challenge to provide much-needed game time for their Super Rugby players.

While Lions regular Super Rugby captain Warren Whiteley - along with nine players in Springboks squad and four in the SA A team -  get plenty of game time at a high level, the other Super Rugby players will try to maintain they form by participating in the NPC.

From the Lions 2017 Super Rugby squad, 17 players have been included in the Golden Lions 22-man squad which will face the Falcons on Friday.

The 17 players include the likes of centre Jacques Nel, wings Madosh Tambwe and Anthony Volmink; the lock pairing of Robert Kruger and Lourens Erasmus.  And the strong front row pack of Corne Fourie, Akker van der Merwe and  Johannes Jonker.

Springbok discard Francois de Klerk, who is leaving the franchice for Sale Sharks on a three-year deal at the end of the season, has been named on the bench, while Dillon Smit don the number 9 jersey.

The only survivor of last week's NPC starting line-up is Jano Venter.  

Golden Lions head coach Bafana Nhleko has welcomed the Super Rugby boost and is more than happy to provide the platform for the Super Rugby players.

The coach states having them in the side, give the Golden Lions team more depth and regular players time to rest. "We had a long trip from Namibia and got back late on Sunday.

"Having put on miles on the legs through scoring some tries and playing a high-intensity game we gave some players off," Nhleko said.

"We respect the Falcons and the challenge they will present and picked some fresh guys for this encounter,"

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Fri, 29 September 2017
Sharks v Golden Lions 17h00 Durban
Worcester Warriors v Saracens 18h35 Sixways
Newcastle Falcons v London Irish 18h35 Kingston Park
Sale Sharks v Gloucester 19h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Leinster v Edinburgh 19h35 RDS Arena
Glasgow Warriors v Treviso 19h35 Scotstoun Stadium
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
Cheetahs v Ospreys 14h00 Bloemfontein
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Zebre v Ulster 14h35 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
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Sun, 01 October 2017
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28