Aplon braces for kicking duel
Cape Town - Western Province fullback Gio Aplon believes Golden Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies
will play a vital role with his tactical kicking in their Currie Cup clash at Ellis Park on Friday.
Lions coach Johann Ackermann on Tuesday included Jantjies as his starting flyhalf after he played from the bench in their 62-23 win over the Blue Bulls last week.
Marnitz Boshoff shifts to fullback following the withdrawal of Chrysander Botha due to a hamstring injury.
Aplon believes Jantjies's role will be vital in the outcome of the game, and he has braced himself for a kicking barrage.
"Elton is a quality player and in Marnitz Boshoff they have a fullback who can also kick well. The same goes for Guy Cronjé (scrumhalf)," he told Die Burger's website
Aplon said Jantjies has a good rugby brain but emphasised he is ready for the duel.
"We have to be prepared for their kicking tactics. Statistics show that the team which kicks more and carries the ball less, ends up winning more games. But we're striving for a more balanced game plan."
Friday's clash kick off at 19:10.Teams:Golden Lions:
15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Deon Helberg
, 13 Robert de Bruyn, 12 Dylan Des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies
, 9 Guy Cronjé, 8 Lambert Groenewald, 7 Derick Minnie (captain), 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Willie Britz, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 CJ van der Linde
Substitutes: 16. Robbie Coetzee, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Hugo Kloppers, 19. JJ Breedt, 20. Jaco Kriel, 21. Tian Meyer, 22. Andries CoetzeeWestern Province:
15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Michael Rhodes
, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg
, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Brok Harris
, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Tim Swiel, 22 Michael van der Spuy