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    Where to now for Boshoff?

    2014-07-03 05:00
    Johannesburg - After his debut, the question remains whether Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff can replicate the form which made him a Springbok.

    According to the rugby365 website, Boshoff's exceptional rise to the Springbok ranks was a bolt out of the blue, if anything, but according to his Super Rugby coach, Johan Ackermann, it has come as no surprise.

    However, Ackermann has reiterated that for Boshoff to maintain his dream run, he needs to exhibit the same form which earned him his initial Springbok call-up.

    Boshoff only made a brief appearance for the Boks against Scotland in Port Elizabeth, replacing another debutant in the form of Bulls pivot Handré Pollard.

    He will however be offered the opportunity of a full 80 minutes of rugby when he resumes Super Rugby duties for the Lions, where they are to take on the Rebels in Johannesburg.

    Ackermann also insisted that he still finds himself in a quandary when selecting Boshoff ahead of another Springbok flyhalf, Elton Jantjies, but because Boshoff has been in action during the Super Rugby hiatus, means that he will start in Friday night's encounter.

    The Lions mentor hopes Boshoff will be able to replicate the form which has seen him make the rise from provincial rugby to international rugby in less than a year

    "We are looking for Bossie to continue with that (the form that took him into the Bok team)," he said.

    Kick-off for Friday's match at Ellis Park is scheduled for 19:10.

    Teams:

    Lions

    15. Coenie van Wyk, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Stokkies Hanekom, 12. Alwyn Hollenbach, 11. Anthony Volmink, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Ross Cronjé, 8. Warren Whiteley ,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. Armand van der Merwe, 17. Jacques van Rooyen/Corné Fourie, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Willie Britz, 20. Derick Minnie, 21. Faf de Klerk, 22. Elton Jantjies, 23. Lionel Mapoe

    Rebels

    TBA


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