Lions shake up pack for Highlanders
Cape Town - Lions coach Swys de Bruin has made several changes to his forward pack for their Super Rugby encounter against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday (kick-off 09:35 SA time).
Robbie Coetzee starts at hooker in place of the injured Malcolm Marx.
Johannes Jonker will start at tighthead prop in place of Jacobie Adriaanse, who drops down to the bench.
Andries Ferreira and Marvin Orie are two new starting locks, with Lourens Erasmus demoted to the bench and Franco Mostert shifting to flank.
With Mostert at No 7, Kyle Brink will take the No 6 jersey, with Kwagga Smith staying at No 8.
The backline remains the same from the one that did duty in the 28-19 loss to the Hurricanes last week.
15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Tei Walden, 11 Tevita Nabura, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Kayne Hammington, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Kalolo Tuiloma, 19 Josh Dickson, 20 Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, 21 Josh Renton, 22 Josh Ioane, 23 Sio Tomkinson
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Franco Mostert (captain), 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Dylan Smith
Substitutes: 16 Jacques van Rooyen, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza