Boshoff is a Bok, reminds Ackermann
Cape Town - The Lions are
comfortable that Marnitz Boshoff can fill Elton Jantjies’s shoes at flyhalf
when they duel the Bulls in a Super Rugby clash in Pretoria on Saturday.
Boshoff, 27, will get his
first Super Rugby start this season after Jantjies was ruled out with a finger
Boshoff has played mainly for
the Golden Lions’ Currie Cup side this year, but Jaco van der Walt’s injury
left Ackermann with no choice but to draft him straight into the Lions starting
It’s been a fall from grace
in recent times for Boshoff, who played one Test for the Springboks against
Scotland in 2014.
Ackermann reminded Lions fans
of that fact when he named his side on Thursday, insisting that Boshoff will be
able to handle the pressure at Loftus Versfeld.
“His inclusion will probably
raise a few eyebrows, especially because it’s an important match, but we have full
confidence in Marnitz,” Ackermann was quoted as saying by Netwerk24.
“We don’t expect Marnitz to
come up with the same magic as Elton. We just want him to stamp his own authority on
the match. He is a former Springbok who knows the pressure of finals. We couldn’t
opt for a better player to replace Elton.”
In other changes to the Lions
side, Sylvian Mahuza gets his first start in Super Rugby, replacing the injured
Van der Walt at fullback.
In other rotational changes,
Malcolm Marx, Andries Ferreira, Warwick Tecklenburg and Rohan Janse van
Rensburg all get a startm while Ashlon Davis has been
included on the bench and if he gets a run will make his debut.
Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:05.
SP Marais, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn
Basson, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes
Kirsten, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel
van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Lizo Gqoboka
16 Bandise Maku, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Pierre Schoeman, 19 Grant
Hattingh, 20 Deon Stegmann, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Dries
Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van
Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8
Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco
Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1
Substitutes: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie,
18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Ross Cronjé,
22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Ashlon Davids