Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
11 Apr 2014
9:00 am

Minnie back to boost Lions

Rudolph Jacobs

There is still no sign of Anthony Volmink for the Lions, but in a major boost, flank Derick Minnie returns as the team gears up for the Sharks onslaught at Ellis Park tomorrow.

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

In the only change to the side, Minnie replaces Jaco Kriel, who moves down to the bench.

It will be Minnie’s first Super Rugby game back since injuring his cheekbone against the Stormers in round two.

Volmink was in line to return on the wing, but picked up another injury in training this week, while Courtnall Skosan was cleared from his concussion.

“Unfortunately, Anthony picked up a grade one tear to his hamstring this week, he will be out for another week,” said Lions coach Johan Ackermann. But hopefully, he’ll recover in time for our upcoming tour.”

The Lions coach said it was a huge boost for the side to be able to welcome Minnie back after such a long absence.

“Derick is a guy who brings great fire to the side,” he said. “He has vast experience and it’s a great time to have him back with him being a breakdown specialist.”

Ackermann said he believed they had properly assessed what went wrong last week against the Crusaders, and they’ll have to bring their top game against the quality of the Sharks.

“Obviously we underperformed last week and small details such as the breakdowns cost us, but we can’t change last week,” said Ackermann.

“We’ll have to be physically and mentally prepared against a quality side like the Sharks.”

On the bench, hooker Robbie Coetzee and centre Alwyn Hollenbach return from injury and could provide the impact late in the game.

“We are looking at them and others like Elton Jantjies, Jaco and the props Corne Fourie and Ruan Dreyer to make a difference for us in the second half,” said Ackermann.