Lions suffer double prop blow

The Lions have lost props JC Janse van Rensburg and CJ van der Linde to long-term injuries.

Janse van Rensburg has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a toe injury while Van der Linde will be out for three to four weeks with a back injury. Both props hurt themselves during the first half of the Lions’ 30-28 defeat to the Hurricanes in Johannesburg last Friday night.

Coach John Mitchell confirmed the news to this site on Monday.

‘It’s a massive blow for us as those guys are talented props and key players in our team,’ Mitchell told ‘We have depth in the front row and will have to make some changes there for our upcoming matches. We have decent front rowers in Pat Cilliers and Jacobie Adriaanse, while some other players will get promoted into the senior squad.’

The Lions travel to Durban this weekend to take on the Sharks. Mitchell plans to shift Cilliers from tighthead to loosehead prop to accommodate Adriaanse in the No 3 jersey.

By Gareth Duncan