Currie Cup

Lions ring changes

2012-09-06 15:00
Johan Ackermann (File)
Johannesburg - Golden Lions interim coach Johan Ackermann has made wholesale changes to his team ahead of their Currie Cup clash against the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Ackermann has made no less than eight changes to the run-on XV that lost 42-32 to Griquas last weekend.

In the front row, Callie Visagie replaces Banidse Maku at hooker, while Jacobie Adriaanse replaces CJ van der Linde at prop.

Other changes in the forward pack sees Hendrik Roodt replacing Joshua Strauss at lock and Cobus Grobbelaar replaces Jaco Kriel at flank.

In the backs, Michael Bondesio replaces Ross Cronjé at scrumhalf, Ruan Combrinck replaces Anthony Volmink at left wing, Alwyn Hollenbach replaces Butch James at inside centre and Deon Helberg replaces JR Esterhuizen at right wing.

Meanwhile on the bench, Van der Linde replaces Ruan Dreyer and will serves as cover for the props, while Jaco Taute will be on the bench in place of Deon Helberg, who starts.

Teams:


Blue Bulls:

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 7 CJ Stander, 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Dawie Steyn

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Cornell Hess, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Jurgen Visser

Golden Lions:

15. Andries Coetzee, 14.Deon Helberg,13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Alwyn Hollenbach, 11. Ruan Combrinck, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Michael Bondesio, 8. Warren Whiteley, 7. Willie Britz, 6. Cobus Grobbelaar, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Hendrik Roodt, 3. Jacobie Adriaanse, 2. Callie Visagie, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg (captain)

Substitutes: 16. Bandise Maku, 17. CJ van der Linde, 18. Michael Rhodes, 19. Jaco Kriel, 20. Ross Cronjé, 21. Butch James, 22. Jaco Taute

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