Swys: Dyantyi at home in No 13 jersey
Town - Lions coach Swys
de Bruin is as excited as anyone to see Aphiwe Dyantyi shift
into the midfield for Saturday's clash against the Brumbies.
The 23-year-old Dyantyi has been
one of the stars of the competition so far this year`, but all of his five
tries have come from the wing.
This weekend, though, he will
partner Rohan Janse van Rensburg in a new-look centre pairing that gives the
Lions a feeling of all-out attack in their backline.
De Bruin has backed Harold
Vorster and Lionel Mapoe in his midfield for most of the season so far, but he
is looking forward to seeing what Dyantyi can offer in a more direct
"We're resting Lionel. He's
got a bit of a groin strain that we nursed on tour and Harold has a bit of
'flu," De Bruin explained.
"Aphiwe has played a lot at
No 13 in his life and he prefers it, in fact.
"We want to score tries and
have a go and they (Janse van Rensburg and Dyantyi) like to take it
De Bruin was hopeful that Dyantyi
could be even more dangerous at centre than he has been on the wing.
"I hope so. He is a good
player and he has massive talents. The plan is to make sure that he carries
enough ball," the coach said.
Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:15.
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian
Mahuza, 13 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Elton
Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Franco Mostert (captain), 6
Kwagga Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Lourens Erasmus, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie
Coetzee, 1 Dylan Smith
Substitutes: 16 Corne Fourie, 17
Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Len Massyn, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21
Ross Cronje, 22 Shaun Reynolds, 23 Ruan Combrinck
15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight,
13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Andrew Muirhead, 10 Christian
Lealiifano, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rob Valetini, 5
Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Robbie Abel, 17
Nick Mayhew, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Tom
Cusack, 22 Matt Lucas, 23 Andrew Smith