Scrumhalf Jano Vermaak, who on Wednesday announced that he will be leaving the Lions at the end of the season to move to the Bulls, was not considered for Sarturday’s match and is replaced by Michael Bondesio with Rudy Paige on the bench. In a total reshuffle of the halfbacks Elton Jantjies returns from the Springbok squad to start in place of Burton Francis.
Up front, JC Janse van Rensburg returns to the starting side after warming the bench for the past two matches following injury. He takes over at loosehead from Pat Cilliers.
Josh Strauss will lead the team again as Doppies la Grange has not recovered sufficiently from a hamstring strain to be considered.
Fullback Jaco Taute is also back from injury and starts off the bench where Cilliers replaces Van Rensburg following the latter’s promotion to the starting side.
15 Michael Killian, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (capt.), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, Patric Cilliers, Michael Rhodes, Warren Whiteley, Rudy Paige, Burton Francs, Jaco Taute.