Tue 8 Jun 2021 | 09:46

Lions limping into final match

Lions limping into final match
Tue 8 Jun 2021 | 09:46
Lions limping into final match
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INJURY UPDATE: The Lions are preparing for their trip to Cape Town with an ever-growing injury list.

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The Lions, in the last place on the four-team Rainbow Cup South African conference, face the Stormers at the Cape Town Stadium in a dead rubber in the final round of league action.

Coach Ivan van Rooyen will be forced to field a brand new halfback pairing – with scrumhalf Andre Warner out with a fractured cheekbone, suffered in last week’s humiliating 21-33 to the Sharks.

The Ellis Park-based franchise will also be without talented flyhalf Jordan Hendrikse, who has joined the Baby Boks in their preparation for the Under-20 international series.

This tournament will feature matches between the Junior Springboks, Argentina, Georgia and Uruguay – between Friday, June 18, and Saturday, July 3.

The teenage sensation, brother of Sharks scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse, has been a revelation in the Rainbow Cup for the Lions.

He started in all three the Lions’ home matches – playing more than 200 minutes and scoring 30 points.

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It is likely that scrumhalf Morné van den Berg and seasoned flyhalf Fred Zeilinga – who were both on the bench against the Sharks this past weekend – will be the starting halfbacks.

Finding halfback replacements is not where the coach’s problems end.

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Loose forward Vincent Tshituka and Reinhard Nothnagel are both in doubt for the trip to Cape Town, after suffered concussion at Ellis Park this past weekend.

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Both are following ‘return to play’ protocols.

The Lions and Stormers are both out of the running for a place in the Final.

The Bulls, who top the standings with 20 points, travel to Durban, where they will face the Sharks (16 points) in a straight shootout for a place in the Final.

The Stormers are third on 13 points and the Lions last on eight.

 

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