Lions happy to play under closed roof
Cape Town - Lions coach Johan Ackermann is pleased that
their Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders will be played under a closed
roof in Dunedin on Saturday.
Bad weather en route to Dunedin on Thursday morning (SA
time) necessitated the aircraft carrying the Lionsto turn around which delayed
their arrival ahead of Saturday’s clash.
“We had a good week in Rotorua, it is just a pity about our
traveling that was affected by the weather. We again spent many hours on the
plane and we will arrive in Dunedin later than planned,” Ackermann said on Friday.
While arriving late in Dunedin will disrupt his team's preparations,
the Lions mentor is happy that the weather won’t spoil proceedings on the field
"Although the weather is bad on the south island at the
moment, the Highlanders stadium has a roof and I believe it will be an exciting
game against the defending champions with a lot of All Blacks in their side. We
must just recuperate from the travel and give our best.”
The Lions slept in Wellington on Thursday evening and flew
out to Dunedin on Friday morning (New Zealand time).
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash at Forsyth Barr Stadium is
scheduled for 08:35 (SA time).
15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Matt Faddes, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson,
11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Dan
Pryor, 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siosiua
Halanukonuka, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Brendon Edmonds
Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19
Elliot Dixon, 20 Shane Christie, 21 Josh Renton, 22 Hayden Parker, 23
15 Jaco Van Der Walt, 14
Ruan Combrinck, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11
Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7
Warwick Tecklenberg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries
Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen
16 Armand Van Der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19
Robert Kruger, 20 Ruan Ackermann, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jacques Nel, 23