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