Lions prepare for life after Elton Jantjies

It’s likely that Money van Rooyen will give Fred Zeilinga his first launch, alongside with his old skills with the Sharks and the Cheetahs counting heavily in his favour.

The Lions will most definitely be contemplating existence after Elton Jantjies this week as they prepare for the outlet round of the Rainbow Cup SA marketing campaign.

Right here is one in every of loads of elements that will challenge Lions coach Money van Rooyen earlier than their conflict with the Bulls at Loftus on Saturday.

Experienced Springbok flyhalf Jantjies departed recently for Pau in France and it’s no longer only his game management that will most definitely be uncared for by the Lions, but additionally his skills and leadership.

Van Rooyen will must take between Fred Zeilinga and Tiaan Swanepoel to own the huge void left by the inclined captain.

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It’s likely that Van Rooyen will give Zeilinga his first launch, alongside with his old skills with the Sharks and the Cheetahs counting heavily in his favour.

Swanepoel has been a colossus alongside with his lengthy-distance just-kicking and is the natural alternative to make a selection over that responsibility from Jantjies on a extra permanent basis.

Though the jury is peaceful out on his capability to address the force of the Bulls’ kicking game, Swanepoel regarded extra at ease at fullback than flyhalf when he used to be examined in that field by the Lions within the Preparation Sequence.

Jantjies’ leadership will also be uncared for but Van Rooyen doubtlessly made the single resolution by naming passe lock Willem Alberts as the novel skipper.

Lions lock Willem Alberts will captain the group within the Rainbow Cup. Image: Gallo Photography

Van Rooyen, who will title his match-23 on Thursday, can even possess diversified alternative elements to address rather than the pivot field, the most pressing of which is who will accomplice Alberts within the center row.

With Alberts stress-free the No 4 lock ‘enforcer’ duties with wide effectivity, the search is peaceful on to search out the kindly No 5 lock with ample athletic capability after the departure of Marvin Orie.

The three lock candidates are Ruben Schoeman, Wilhelm van der Sluys and Rynhard Nothnagel.

Van der Sluys is the extra skilled option, but Nothnagel is seen as a future Lions star, having captained the facet in three of their four Preparation Sequence fits.

Van Rooyen can even ogle all over again at the steadiness of his loose trio with the likely starting mixture being MJ Pelser, Bok hopeful Vincent Tshituka and Len Massyn at No 8.

But two inclined junior stars emerged within the Preparation Sequence – Be aware Snyman within the No 6 flank field and Francke Horn at No 8 – which will lumber away Van Rooyen with thrilling alternatives.

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