Wholesale changes for Lions
Johan Ackermann (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Lions coach Johan Ackermann has made several changes to his team to face the Western Force in a Super Rugby match in Perth on Saturday.
The Lions were beaten 41-13 by the Waratahs in Sydney last Sunday, which promoted the coach to change his starting line-up.
Up front, Ackermann made six changes, including wholesale changes to the front row. Corné Fourie, Armand van der Merwe and Ruan Dreyer all move into the starting front row berths, with Rudi Mathee and Franco Mostert the selections at lock. Warwick Tecklenburg is also promoted from the bench and joins the loose-forward trio for the game.
Meanwhile, in the backline, Ross Cronjé will start at scrumhalf, while Anthony Volmink comes into the starting XV at left wing.
Alwyn Hollenbach has been drafted in at inside centre while Deon van Rensburg will cover the outside centre berth. Coenie van Wyk will run out at fullback.
The match will kick off at 11:40 (SA time).
15. Jayden Hayward, 14. Dane Haylett-Petty, 13. Chris Tuatara-Morrison, 12. Luke Burton, 11. Nick Cummins, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 9. Ian Prior, 8. Ben McCalman, 7. Matt Hodgson (captain), 6. Angus Cottrell, 5. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4. Sam Wykes, 3. Kieran Longbottom, 2. Nathan Charles, 1. Pek Cowan
Substitutes: 16. Heath Tessmann, 17. Tetera Faulkner, 18. Ollie Hoskins, 19. Adam Coleman, 20. Brynard Stander, 21. Justin Turner, 22. Zack Holmes, 23. Patrick Dellit
15. Coenie van Wyk, 14. JW Jonker, 13. Deon van Rensburg, 12. Alwyn Hollenbach, 11. Anthony Volmink, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Ross Cronjé, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg , 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Rudi Mathee, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Armand van der Merwe, 1. Corné Fourie
Substitutes: 16. Robbie Coetzee,17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Julian Redelinghuys, 19. Willie Britz, 20. Stephan de Wit, 21. Faf de Klerk, 22. Elton Jantjies, 23. Stefan Watermeyer