The Lions are on tour from this week and their first stop will be against the Brumbies.
They had a tough week after being embarrassed by the Sharks last week in their own back yard.
Coach Swys de Bruin was very disappointed and this is what he had to say after the game
With the team to make a turnaround this weekend De Bruin made a few changes to the team.
Lionel Mapoe will play in his 100th Super Rugby game when he runs out on Saturday.
Marx will lead the side again from the front
Mapoe, who has 116 Super Rugby caps in total having played for two other franchises in his career (Free State & Bulls), has scored 32 Super Rugby tries in total.
The battle will definitely be upfront and this weekend De Bruin needs his side to step up from the disappointment of last week.
Ruan Combrinck is back on the right wing inplace of Tyrone Green while Franco Naude will partner Mapoe in the midfield.
Aphiwe Dyantyi will move to the left wing with Skosan out of the match day 23.
Nic Groom will start with Cronje moving to the bench as cover.
In the forwards Dayumani will get a start at No 8 with Stephan Lewies on the side of the scrum.
Cyle Brink will make up the loose trio.
Marx will have two new props in Johannes Jonker and Nathan McBeth along side him.
The Brumbies who also come off a lost will be looking to change things around against the Lions at home.
They will be welcoming three Wallaby stars back in their starting XV this weekend.
Scott Sio, hooker Folau Fainga’a and lock Rory Arnold will all return for this weekend match.
Joe Powell will get his 50th Super Rugby cap for the Brumbies at scrumhalf.
Sam Carter and Tom Wright are the only other changes to the starting team.
The Brumbies have two good wins over the Chiefs and Waratahs and will want to add the Lions to that list but it will be a wounded Lions team they will face.
The Lions will be met with a all Wallaby front-five with Sio, Fainga’a, Allan Allalatoa Carter and Arnold.
Wright and Kuridrani will form the midfield this weekend.
It will be a massive test for the Lions to get it right and we expect a close game on Saturday.
Some Interesting Facts (OPTA)
- The Lions have won their last two games on the bounce against the Brumbies in Super Rugby; they had never previously won back-to-back games against the Canberra-based side.
- Despite leading at half-time in six of their last eight Super Rugby games, the Brumbies have managed to accrue only three wins in that time.
- The Lions succumbed to a 27-22 loss to the Reds in their last Super Rugby game in Australia, snapping a six-game winning run in the country.
- The Lions are one of only three teams (Melbourne Rebels, NSW Waratahs) to boast a lineout success rate (92%) and scrum success rate (94%) above 90%.
- Malcolm Marx (Lions) has won 11 turnovers this season, with eight of those coming from jackals, no other player has won as many jackal turnovers.
Prediction: Lions to bounce back with a win by 9 points
Brumbies – 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Tom Wright, 11 Toni Pulu, 10 Christian Lealiifano (c), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 James Slipper, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Jahrome Brown, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Irae Simone, 23 Andy Muirhead.
Lions –15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Franco Naude, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Stephan Lewis, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rhyno Herbst, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Malcolm Marx (c), 1 Nathan McBeth.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Carlü Sadie, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Ross Cronjé, 22 Gianni Lombard, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.