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    Lions change two for Bulls

    2014-02-27 11:07
    Johannesburg - Lions coach Johan Ackermann has named his 23-man outfit to do battle with the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday.

    According to the Lions' official website, Ackermann has opted for consistency, making just two forced changes to the starting XV which derailed the Stormers 34-10 last weekend.

    Warwick Tecklenburg starts in the place of the injured Derick Minnie at flank and centre JW Jonker comes into the side after Alwyn Hollenbach was unable to pass a fitness test on Thursday.

    As a result of this change, Stefan Watermeyer shifts back to inside centre, with Jonker partnering with him at 13.

    Meanwhile, on the bench, Willie Britz will provide loose-forward cover, having recovered from his hip flexor injury.

    Utility back Courtnall Skosan also comes in on the bench and will look to make his Super Rugby debut. 

    The match at Loftus Versfeld will kick off at 17:05.

    Teams:

    Bulls:

    15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van der Merwe (captain), 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling

    Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Paul Willemse, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Ulrich Beyers

    Lions:

    15. Chrysander Botha, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. JW Jonker , 12. Stefan Watermeyer, 11. Ruan Combrinck, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Franco Mostert, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Schalk van der Merwe

    Substitutes: 16. Willie Wepener, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. MB Lusaseni , 20. Willie Britz, 21. Ross Cronjé, 22. Courtnall Skosan, 23. Coenie van Wyk

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