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    Sunwolves mix it up for Lions clash

    2018-03-15 13:05

    Cape Town - The Sunwolves have rotated their starting line-up ahead of their Super Rugby clash with the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.

    Three changes are found in the backline following their defeat to the Sharks as William Tupou switches to outside centre, Hosea Saumaki takes over on the left wing while Yutaka Nagare is preferred at scrum-half over Keisuke Uchida.

    Up front Koo Ji-won comes in at tighthead while Wimpie van der Walt replaces Grant Hattingh at lock and Lappies Labuschagne is on the openside, with Michael Leitch moving from the blindside to number eight for the Ellis Park clash.

    The Sunwolves have had a disappointing start to the Super Rugby season, losing their first three matches, and sit bottom of the standings.

    Teams:

    Lions

    15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Franco Mostert (captain), 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Lourens Erasmus, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith

    Substitutes: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Shaun Reynolds

    Sunwolves

    15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Lomano Lemeki, 13 William Tupou, 12 Michael Little, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Harumichi Tatekawa, 9 Yutaka Nagare, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Wimpie van der Walt, 4 Kazuki Himeno, 3 Koo Ji-won, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Craig Millar

    Substitutes: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Shintaro Ishihara, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Willie Britz, 21 Keisuke Uchida, 22 Ryoto Nakamura, 23 Ryuji Noguchi

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