Big 50 for Whiteley

Big 50 for Whiteley

Warren Whiteley will captain the Emirates Lions for the 50th time in Vodacom Super Rugby when he leads his side on the field against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Whiteley, who returns to his former hunting ground having represented the Kings five times (2009), will be playing his 71st game for the Lions. He is the most experienced Lions captain during the last ten years with Baywatch Grobbelaar on 28 and Josh Strauss 17.

Other interesting stats:

  • Courtnall Skosan scored a record breaking 4 tries in the match for the Lions Super franchise against the Reds last weekend. Previously, the following players shared the record of 3 tries in a single Lions Super Rugby match: Henno Mentz 3 vs Reds 2009, Wandile Mjekevu vs Chiefs 2010, and Lionel Mapoe, on two occasions, vs Cheetahs 2014 and Blues 2016.
  • With his four tries Skosan moved up to 20 Lions Super career tries in 40 matches since 2014. He now equals Lionel Mapoe’s record of 20 tries for the Super Lions in 65 matches since 2011.

The Emirates Lions team to take on the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday at 15:05

  1. Jacques van Rooyen
  2. Malcolm Marx
  3. Ruan Dreyer
  4. Andries Ferreira
  5. Franco Mostert
  6. Jaco Kriel
  7. Ruan Ackermann
  8. Warren Whiteley ©
  9. Faf de Klerk
  10. Elton Jantjies
  11. Courtnall Skosan
  12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg
  13. Harold Vorster
  14. Madosh Tambwe
  15. Andries Coetzee
  1. Akker van der Merwe
  2. Sti Sitole
  3. Hencus van Wyk
  4. Lourens Erasmus
  5. Kwagga Smith
  6. Dillon Smit
  7. Jacques Nel
  8. Sylvian Mahuza


  • Jaco van der Walt has a dislocated foot. It was reduced on Wednesday in theatre and he will be out for about 8 weeks.
  • Lionel Mapoe has a spiral/hairline fracture and is seeing a hand specialist on Friday.
  • Johannes Jonker was diagnosed with concussion against the Reds and is re-evaluated daily.
  • Dylan Smith will undergo a shoulder operation and will be out for 4 months.

Varsity Cup Promotion:

The Golden Lions Rugby Union has teamed up with Wits University to ensure that we offer our students the best possible opportunity to #BeThere when the Emirates Lions take on the Cell C Sharks.

Supporters going to the Wits vs Ikey match on Monday, 27 March will be able to use their Varsity Cup ticket stub and only pay R20 to exchange this for a Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks match day ticket.

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