Stormers v Lions
Newlands, Cape Town, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 5 2012 - Stormers 24 bt Lions 19 at Ellis Park
Head-to-head: Played 17 Stormers 13 Lions 4
In Cape Town: Played 7 Stormers 5 Lions 2
Referee: Mark Lawrence (RSA)
TV: Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet: Stormers $1.08 Lions $7.00
Greg Growden writes: The Lions appear to be in disarray. What’s new? But this time it all revolves around a stink with their suspended coach John Mitchell, who has a history of dramas with players wherever he goes. If they get within 20 points of the Stormers, it will be a miracle.
AAP writes: A new club, new surroundings, but same old story for John Mitchell. The Lions’ coach has been stood down following a player revolt, much like what happened in 2008 when he was coach of the Force. The Lions are in danger of being relegated at season’s end, and one would suspect Mitchell’s time there will soon come to an end. How the Lions’ players react to the situation will be interesting, especially against a powerful Stormers outfit who are still a chance to finish top overall in the competition. Such is the Stormers’ backline depth, Bryan Habana can’t find a spot in the starting line-up.
STORMERS: Joe Pietersen, Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (c), Gerhard van den Heever, Peter Grant, Dewaldt Duvenage, Siya Kolisi, Don Armand, Tyrone Holmes, Andries Bekker, De Kock Steenkamp, Frans Malherbe, Deon Fourie, Deon Carstens. Reserves: Tiaan Liebenberg, Brok Harris, Quinn Roux, Jebb Sinclair, Louis Schrueder, Burton Francis, Bryan Habana.