SF - Lions v Highlanders



  • #Opta Facts – The last 8 matches between the #Lions and #Highlanders saw the winner alternate in each match, last match won by Landers 34-15
     
    #Opta Facts – The #Lions are the top attacking side this year, averaging more points, tries, defenders beaten & metres per game of any team
     
    #Opta Facts – The Landers have the best defence, averaging most tackles (125) of any team in 2016 & conceding the fewest points and tries
     
    The best attacking side (Lions) v the best defensive side (Landers)
     
    Talk about an oxymoron!



  • #Opta Facts – The last 8 matches between the #Lions and #Highlanders saw the winner alternate in each match, last match won by Landers 34-15
     
    #Opta Facts – The #Lions are the top attacking side this year, averaging more points, tries, defenders beaten & metres per game of any team
     
    #Opta Facts – The Landers have the best defence, averaging most tackles (125) of any team in 2016 & conceding the fewest points and tries
     
    The best attacking side (Lions) v the best defensive side (Landers)
     
    Talk about an oxymoron!

    Good attacking side no doubt - however greatly helped by being able to play the Kings twice and Sunwolves once.



  • Highlanders aren't too bad on attack either last time I looked (if I ignore their quarter final performance).
     
    I have a suspicion the Landers will get up here. They know how to hang in and get the job done, and this finals footy lark is all new to the kitty Cats.



  • Good attacking side no doubt - however greatly helped by being able to play the Kings twice and Sunwolves once.
    Yet getting 5 pass the Saders and a half dozen pass the Blues doesn't count? And a couple more against the Chiefs in NZ nogals!
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  • Highlanders aren't too bad on attack either last time I looked (if I ignore their quarter final performance).
    I have a suspicion the Landers will get up here. They know how to hang in and get the job done, and this finals footy lark is all new to the kitty Cats.
    Yip fair enough, this is brand new territory for this bunch and the Landers has got a T-shirt.
    But this is knock out games and anybody can take it.
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  • That Chiefs game is when i first started taking note of the Lions, we jumped out to an early lead and i thought it was in the bag, and then they got the ball and tore us up. Those boys play pretty rugby to watch, and their coach seems far too switched on to be South African, i reckon they are a huge shout in this, despite their inexperience. Coach's message should be simple, just play the way you have all year, and the result will take care of itself



  • Having watched some of the Crusaders perishing in the Lions' den without Daniel, I don't think the Clan will want many scrums, as the the Lions looked ominous there.



  • Big loss for Lions is the Whiteley and Cronje has been ruled out of the clash.



  • Saturday 30 July 2016 at Ellis Park - Kickoff at 15:00 SA Time 
     
    Referee - Jaco Peyper
    AR1 - Ben O'Keeffe
    AR2 - AJ Jacobs
    TMO - Shaun Veldsman
     
    Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse Van Rensburg, 11 Courtnal Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf De Klerk, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylon Smith.
    Replacements: 16 Armand Van Der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Jacques Van Rooyen, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Steph de Wit, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Jaco Van Der Walt
     
    Highlanders: 15. Ben Smith ( C ), 14. Waisake Naholo, 13. Matt Faddes, 12. Malakai Fekitoa, 11. Patrick Osborne, 10. Lima Sopoaga, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Luke Whitelock, 7. James Lentjes, 6. Elliot Dixon, 5. Tom Franklin, 4. Alex Ainley, 3. Josh Hohneck, 2. Ash Dixon, 1. Daniel Lienert-Brown.
    Replacements: 16. Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17. Aki Seiuli, 18. Ross Geldenhuys, 19. Joe Wheeler, 20. Liam Squire, 21. Dan Pryor, 22. Te Aihe Toma, 23. Marty Banks



  • Is Christie injured ?



  • Is Christie injured ?

    Fit but not selected apparently.



  • JJ seems to like Pryor off the bench, regardless of who is fit.



  • jeez, i would have picked christie if he's fit. squire and pryor on the bench is good though.



  • Yeah strange one with Christie. Read earlier in the week that him, Thompson and Reddish were sent home rather than travelling to SA. Funny not to select your co captain at all. I guess Thompson not being picked makes sense once you see the forward/back solit on the bench and Reddish probably just 4th choice lock with Whitelock covering that spot too.



  • Lentjes looks a bit light and the Landers may regret Christie's physicality. But JJ must have his own reasons to make such a stunning choice.



  • i would have been tempted by thompson too, faddes has done some really good stuff this season but last few games has been making a few too many errors for finals footy.



  • Good attacking side no doubt - however greatly helped by being able to play the Kings twice and Sunwolves once.

    Yep but didn't the Clan have the Reds, etc ? Don't think any of those games count for squat.



  • You reckon Shag will be cheering for the Lions, so the 2 Smiths can get a rest?



  • Good start. Keep it going landers



  • Very well taken try by the Lions