Lions change for Bulls clash

2013-07-04 12:58
Johan Ackermann (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann has made a few changes to the side that beat the Sharks for their clash against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday.

The game, which kicks off at 16:30, will be played as the curtain-raiser to the Super Rugby clash between the Bulls and the Sharks.

Ackermann rearranged his back three with Ruan Combrinck shifting from wing to fullback and Deon van Rensburg rotating with Chrysander Botha, who moves to the bench. Dylan des Fountain starts at inside centre in place of Alwyn Hollenbach.

Among the forwards, No 8 Lambert Groenewald and hooker Robbie Coetzee are promoted ahead of Willie Britz and Francois du Toit respectively.

The game forms part of the Lions' preparations for their Super Rugby promotion-relegation series against the Kings on the weekends of July 26 and August 2.



15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Lambert Groenewald, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain).

Substitutes: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 JJ Breet, 20 Willie Britz, 21 Guy Cronje, 22 Lionel Cronje, 23 Chrysander Botha

Blue Bulls:

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Jesse Kriel, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Handrè Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jean Cook, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Dennis Visser, 4 Schalk van Heerden, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Dawie Steyn

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Hencus van Wyk, 18 Christof Gouws, 19 Irne Herbst, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Ruan Snyman, 22 Tony Jantjies, 23 Dries Swanepoel, 24 Rohan Janse van Rensburg

Lions Challenge fixture list for 2013:

January 19: Lions 51-13 Russia
January 23: Lions 33-17 Cheetahs
February 2: Lions 33-38 Bulls
February 9: Lions 41-31 Kings
February 23: Namibia v Lions - Cancelled
March 16: Lions 56-24 Mont de Marsan
April 13: US Invitational v Lions - Cancelled
April 20: US Invitational v Lions - Cancelled
April 27: Chicago Lions v Lions - Cancelled
May 11: Lions v Agen - Ellis Park - Cancelled
June 1: Lions 74-14 Samoa - Ellis Park
June 14: Lions 42-12 Western Province - Ellis Park
June 21: Lions 33-29 Sharks - Ellis Park
July 6: Lions v Blue Bulls - Loftus Versfeld - 16:30
July 13: Lions v Griquas - Ellis Park - 15:00
July 26: Super Rugby promotion/relegation - TBA - 19:10
August 2: Super Rugby promotion/relegation - Ellis Park - 19:10


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