Kriel ready to take captain's armband
Cape Town - Jaco Kriel is relishing the challenge of
captaining the Lions for the remainder of the Super Rugby campaign.
Kriel has been handed the captain’s armband due to regular
skipper Warren Whiteley being sidelined for the remainder of the campaign with
a shoulder injury.
Kriel, who made his Test debut in the recent series against
Ireland, has already shifted his focus to his new role.
“I’m looking forward to again be in the starting team and to
get the chance to play a full match. I’m also lucky to have enough senior
players around me who can help with a leadership role,” Kriel told Netwerk24.
“I’m going to concentrate on giving my best and as such be a
leader in my own position. We’ll have to work hard and stick to our
Kriel’s first outing as captain is against the Sharks in
Johannesburg on Saturday.
“We know the Sharks are going to come for us and they’ve
already made no secret about the fact that every game is now like a final for
them. We therefore have to brace for a severe assault.”
Saturday's clash at Ellis Park is scheduled for 17:10.
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck,
13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10
Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg,
6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian
Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith
Substitutes: 16 Armand
Van Der Merwe,17 Corne Fourie, 18 Jacques van Rooyen,19 Lourens
Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Sylvian
Odwa Ndungane, 14 JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Andre
Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Garth April, 9. Michael Claassens, 8.
Philip van der Walt, 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Stephan
Lewies, 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Franco Marais,
1. Tendai Mtawarira (captain)
Substitutes: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle,
17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Coenie Oosthuizen, 19. Ruan Botha, 20. Tera
Mtembu, 21. Stefan Ungerer, 22. Rhyno Smith, 23. S'bura Sithole