Johannesburg - Golden Lions coach Swys de Bruin has named his team for Friday’s Currie Cup clash against the Sharks in Durban (19:15 kick-off).
De Bruin made three changes to the side that beat the Blue Bulls 36-33 at Ellis Park on September 16.
Up front, Rhyno Herbst gets a start at lock in place of Andries Ferreira, while Fabian Booysen starts at No 8 in place of Ryan Kankowski who was released for club duties in Japan.
In the backline, Aphiwe Dyantyi gets a run at left wing, replacing Anthony Volmink.
De Bruin knows the clash against the log-leading Sharks will be a tough one.
“They don’t have a vast number of Springboks or Japan-based players out and will be playing at home in conditions they know well. I would’ve thought that the likes of players like Thomas du Toit and Curwin Bosch would also have been drafted into the Springbok set-up with sterling performances this season. We are looking forward to a tough encounter,” the Lions mentor said.
The Lions are currently fourth on the Currie Cup standings, having won four of their nine games.
15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Ashlon Davids, 9 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rhyno Herbst, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen (captain)
Substitutes: 16 Sti Sithole, 17 Pieter Jansen, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Len Massyn, 21 Bradley Thain, 22 Anthony Volmink/Stokkies Hanekom