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SR Preview – Lions v Waratahs


The Lions will be at home this weekend when the host the Waratahs on Saturday.

We see three changes for the Lions going into this game with Harold Vorster, Ross Cronjé and Robbie Coetzee all coming into the starting XV.

Vorster is in for Howard Mnisi who injured his knee in the first round clash against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last weekend. Mnisi will go under the knife next week after the swelling has subsided.

Dylan Smith has recovered from his shoulder injury and comes in on the bench, as does Sylvian Mahuza.

Cronjé will reach a great milestone this weekend, by playing his 50th Super Rugby game for the Lions.

The Lions will be without Stokkies Hanekom and Koch Marx as they both go out on loan with Hanekom joining the Southern Kings and Marx joining the Griquas.

The Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has named an unchanged side for their clash  on Saturday.

Speaking from Johannesburg, Gibson is hoping for a dry track this weekend so his side can get back to playing the style of rugby they enjoy.

The Lions are a strong team and we’re expecting them to be formidable at home,” said Gibson.

The team had some frustrations with our game last weekend when we sat down to review the game.  We know the areas we want to work on coming out of last weekend and just looking forward to playing in front of what we know will be an enthusiastic crowd,” he said.

This will be one of the games to look out for and we can expect some great rugga’s from these two teams. The Lions is not easy at home and the Waratahs will have to play really well to get the points on Saturday.

For the Lions, they need to up their game by 100% from last week. They are not close to the level they produced last year and needs to get back there if they want to be there at the end.

Predictions: At home, can not see the Lions losing this game, Lions by 10 points


Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques Van Rooyen
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Sylvian Mahuza, 23 Jaco vd Walt

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 David Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 Senio Toleafoa, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro

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  1. DEfinitely the two best hookers and arguably props in RSA… and like their backline too… make no mistake with so many newbies in the Waratahs this is the best chance for the Lions to beat them being at home and it’s kind of a must…

    Newbies or not there are some exciting players in the Tahs… and I’m surprised they haven’t started with the 125kg Fijian behemoth on the wing again… no doubt plenty of scars remain in any of these players that witnessed the BArbarians game last year…

  2. Look Bryce – stop making excuses for the Tahs. The transformed lions with quotas will still beat them

    Thing is the saffas got rugby running through their veins – problem is we got dufus’ rifling it all at the top. Fkme surely that cortee got enough to retire on – just tell him thabjs but please go coach the Japanese steelers

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