Lions suffer Coetzee blow

    2016-04-21 14:27

    Cape Town - The Lions have suffered a blow with the news that fullback Andries Coetzee suffered an injury in training which is set to rule him out of action for six to eight weeks.

    Coetzee has played off the bench in the last couple of games, with Jaco van der Walt starting in the No 15 jersey.

    In further injury blows for the Lions, prop Julian Redelinghuys (wrist) and Malcolm Marx (neck) are set for a couple of weeks on the sidelines.

    Meanwhile, coach Johan Ackermann picked a new front row - as well as a further three changes to his starting line-up - for Saturday’s clash against the Kings in Port Elizabeth.

    Corne Fourie, Armand ‘Akker’ van der Merwe and Ruan Dreyer will take on the Kings’ front row, while Cyle Brink will don the No 6 jersey.

    Among the backs, Faf de Klerk runs out at scrumhalf and Howard Mnisi starts at centre.

    Ramone Samuels has been drafted in from the Currie Cup side to cover at hooker and Jacques van Rooyen comes in as the prop substitute, while Marx and Redelinghuys recover from injuries sustained against the Stormers last weekend.

    Saturday’s clash at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is scheduled for 17:10.





    15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Corne Fourie

    Substitutes: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 JW Bell, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg

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