1 change to Lions starting XV
Johannesburg - Lions coach Johan Ackermann has named his 23-man team to face the Reds in a Super Rugby clash at Ellis Park on Saturday.
According to the Lions' official website
, Ackermann opted for continuity, making just one change to his starting team from the one which beat the Blues 39-36 last week.
Up front, Willie Wepener will start in place of the injured Robbie Coetzee.
Meanwhile, on the bench, Mark Pretorius comes into the squad after performing well in the junior ranks. He will provide cover at hooker. Another promising junior figure, Stephan de Wit, will also look to earn his first Super Rugby cap. This after Warwick Tecklenburg failed a concussion test this week.
Additionally, utility back Lionel Mapoe has recovered from his hamstring strain and will also provide cover on the bench, with Elton Jantjies
The match will kick off at 17:05.Teams:Lions:
15. Coenie van Wyk, 14. JW Jonker, 13. Deon van Rensburg, 12. Stefan Watermeyer, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Willie Britz, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Franco Mostert, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Willie Wepener, 1. Schalk van der Merwe
Substitutes: 16. Mark Pretorius, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. MB Lusaseni, 20. Stephan de Wit, 21. Ross Cronjé, 22. Lionel Mapoe, 23. Ruan Combrinck Reds:
15. Aidan Toua, 14. Rod Davies, 13. Ben Tapuai, 12. Mike Harris, 11. Lachie Turner, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Will Genia, 8. Jake Schatz, 7. Liam Gill, 6. Eddie Quirk, 5. James Horwill (captain), 4. Rob Simmons, 3. Greg Holmes, 2. Saia Fainga’a, 1. James Slipper
Substitutes: 16. James Hanson, 17. Albert Anae, 18. Jono Owen, 19. Ed O’Donoghue, 20. Beau Robinson, 21. Nick Frisby, 22. Anthony Fainga’a/Ben Lucas, 23. Dom Shipperley