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    Lions pick rookie at flyhalf

    2017-03-09 13:32

    Cape Town - Lions coach Johan Ackermann has named his team for Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.

    After leaving several Springbok stars at home for the trip to Argentina, Ackermann was forced to make several changes to the team which beat the Waratahs 55-36 in Johannesburg last weekend.

    Marvin Orie will make his debut for the Lions at lock, replacing Franco Mostert, while in the backline, 21-year-old Shaun Reynolds will make his first start in Super Rugby, replacing Elton Jantjies at flyhalf.

    Reynolds played for the Lions junior teams in recent years and made his senior debut in last year's Currie Cup Qualifying competition.

    Prop Johannes Jonker also makes his run-on debut in a Lions team which shows nine changes to the side that started against the Waratahs, and one positional change with Harold Vorster moving from outside to inside centre.

    Saturday’s clash is scheduled for 21:40 (SA time).

    Teams:

    Jaguares

    15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Tomás Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Felipe Arregui, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Santiago García Botta

    Substitutes:16 Julián Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera Paz, 18 Cristian Bartoloni, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Juan Martín Hernández, 23 Matías Moroni

    Lions

    15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Shaun Reynolds, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Dylan Smith

    Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Louren Erasmus, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Andries Coetzee, 23 Sylvian Mahuza


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