Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
24 Feb 2014
8:45 am

Lions suffer Minnie blow

Rudolph Jacobs

The high-flying Lions are set to be without the services of fiery flanker Derick Minnie for their next Super Rugby outing against the Bulls at Loftus this weekend.

FILE PICTURE: Derick Minnie of the Lions. Picture: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix.

Minnie suffered a suspected fractured cheekbone in the Lions’ 34-10 demolition of the Stormers at Ellis Park last weekend and coach Johan Ackermann admitted it doesn’t look good.

“Derick will be properly assessed and we will have a clearer indication on Monday, but at this stage he is a real concern,” said Ackermann.

The Lions were in awesome form on Saturday and Ackermann described the game as probably the best since he had been involved with the Lions.

“We realise it’s only the second game, but the way the guys performed I must say it’s one of the best since I joined the union,” said Ackermann.

“I can coach the system but the heart must come from them. They simply played out of their skins, showed enormous guts and put in a great effort. It’s a humbling experience,” he said.

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers has described the defeat as the worst in the last “six to seven years”.

“It’s our worst defeat in the last seven years and the players simply have to own up. It was disgusting,” De Villiers said.

“Credit though to the Lions who played in the right areas and slotted their kicks.”

“But they also didn’t do anything spectacular, they took the points on offer and we fell into the trap and simply couldn’t get out of it,” he said.