Currie Cup

Whiteley leads strong Lions XV

2014-08-07 12:54
Warren Whiteley (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann has named his 23-man side to take on the Blue Bulls in their opening Currie Cup clash at Ellis Park on Saturday.

In the forwards, Ackermann has opted to select Ruan Dreyer at tighthead after Julian Redelinghuys suffered a minor calf injury last week. Schalk van der Merwe and Robbie Coetzee make up the rest of the front row.

MB Lusaseni partners with Franco Mostert in the lock berths, while Jaco Kriel, Derick Minnie and Warren Whiteley make up the loose trio. Whiteley will continue to captain the side in Currie Cup.

Meanwhile, in the backline, Ross Cronjé starts at scrumhalf with Marnitz Boshoff his partner. Ruan Combrink and Lionel Mapoe fill the wing berths.

Harold Vorster will make his Currie Cup debut in the midfield, alongside outside centre partner Stokkies Hanekom. Andries Coetzee starts at fullback.

On the bench, Armand van der Merwe, Ricky Schroeder and Jaco van der Walt will all be in line to make their Currie Cup debuts.

New recruit, Howard Mnisi will provide cover and look to make his Lions debut, having signed with the union on Wednesday.

The match will kick off at 17:05.

Teams:

Golden Lions:

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Ruan Combrink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 MB Lusaseni, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.

Substitutes: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Ricky Schroeder, 21 Jaco van der Walt, 22 Howard Mnisi

Blue Bulls:

15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Jono Ross, 6 Deon Stegmann (captain), 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Wiaan Liebenberg, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Jesse Kriel

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