Lions shuffle backline for WP
Michael Bondesio (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann has made several changes to his starting line-up for their Currie Cup clash against Western Province at Newlands on Saturday.
The majority of the changes are among the backs where Michael Bondesio returns after an injury layoff to start at scrumhalf.
At flyhalf, Marnitz Boshoff will take the place of the injured Elton Jantjies
, while Lionel Cronjé and Lionel Mapoe will pair up in the midfield at 12 and 13 respectively.
Chrysander Botha also returns from injury and will start at wing, with Andries Coetzee shifting to fullback.
Up front, lock Willie Britz has been promoted from the bench.
Hugo Kloppers and Kobus de Kock are both new additions on the bench.
Kick-off is at 14:00 on Saturday.
Teams: Western Province:
15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Michael van der Spuy, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Cheslin Kolbe, 10. Demetri Catrakilis
, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Deon Fourie (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Michael Rhodes
, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Frans Malherbe, 17. Brok Harris
, 18. Schalk Burger, 19. Josh Katzen, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Kurt Coleman, 22. Ryan NellGolden Lions:
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Chrysander Botha, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Lionel Cronjé, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Willie Britz, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, CJ van der Linde
Substitutes: 16. Willie Wepener, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19 Warwick Tecklenberg, 20 Ross Cronjé, 21 Kobus de Kock, 22 Deon Helberg