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Rohan back at centre as Mostert move to back row

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Swys de Bruin Lions head coach has sprang a surprise in his side who will play the Bulls this weekend at Loftus when he pick Springbok Franco Mostert for the back-row.

The Lions will have to do without Kwagga Smith who has been given compassionate leave.

Mostert will be joined by Cyle Brink and captain Warren Whiteley for the Lions back-row this weekend.

Springbok centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg also gets his first start of the season as he joins Lionel Mapoe in the midfield.

The Lions had slow starts in both their opening matches this year and with what looks like a much more improved side at Loftus under Mitchel, they will have to be on par this weekend.

The one thing Swys have in his Lions squad is experience and quality and this weekend we should have a mouthwatering clash at Loftus.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Marco Janse van Vuuren, 22 Harold Vorster, 23 Madosh Tambwe

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  1. Jeez, the Lions needed a flank that plays tight, and Mostert might be a genius call. Rohan back is also a real good call, as I felt in the previous two games, that they needed someone to draw in the defense, so that their wings can have even more space.

    I reckon this has just become a lot more difficult for the Bulls. But the game should still be good to watch from a spectator point of view, Bulls locks running hard and the added dimension of a simple pop pass just before taking contact has achieved a lot against the Canes, hopefully we don’t go back into our shells against the Lions.

  2. @Aldo:

    Brink does play a traditional blind-sider game. Methinks this is also to counter their recently poor-performing line-outs. Speed to the break-down has been their strong-point in the past… not so sure how Mostert being there will impede that.

    I would also prefer to see a Vorster/RJVR pairing… could be dynamite with Rohan playing a Jacque Fourie role.

  3. Reckon kwagga is a loss. he, brink and whiteley made a very effective backrow. I’d still give it to the Lions. Winning culture. V hard to beat now.

  4. @bryce_in_oz: I’m still not sure if this move is brilliant, because Mostert does have some pace and is a really good defender, as well as being tough, or if this is a stupid move, because history show that the Lions have beaten the Bulls and beaten them thoroughly, these last couple of year by playing real quick. It just seems the Lions are taking the Bulls pack to serious. Our scrum only held its own against the Canes, not beat them. Let’s see how it goes, but it seems as if Swys is going with trench warfare, not run us off our feet like the last couple of seasons.

  5. @Aldo: Their lineouts have been at issue the first two games so adding the extra man will be important.

    In the new dispensation of rules counter rucking and not fetching is vital so could be inspired to counter ruck.

    Cyle Brink is a blindsider. Kwagga, far from his form in Sevens and EOYT has not featured at all so far this season so the move makes sense in that respect. Just scared Orie is a lightweight.

    If they were really going to go to the trenches Lourens Erasmus and Marnus Schoeman would have started. The fact that Dayamani and Kwagga have been dropped does indicate a more physical approach though.

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