Lions coach Loffie Eloff has overhauled his back row in an attempt to win a vital home match against the Western Force on Friday night at Ellis Park.
There is a welcome return for Lions skipper Ernst Joubert, who takes over from the promising Franco van der Merwe at blindside flank. Joe van Niekerk replaces Willem Alberts at no 8 to complete a powerful looking trio with standout opensider Cobus “Baywatch” Grobbelaar.
In the only other change to the team, Willem Stoltz comes in at lock at the expense of Anton van Zyl.
The backline remains unchanged from the one that rolled over and played dead on Saturday, although there is a slight question mark over the fitness of outside centre, Jaco Pretorius.
15 Ludik, 14 Noble, 13 Pretorius, 12 la Grange, 11 Benjamin, 10 Strydom, 9 Vermaak, 8 van Niekerk, 7 Joubert (capt), 6 Grobbelaar, 5 Stoltz, 4 Mostert, 3 Geldenhuys, 2 Wepener, 1 H van der Merwe
16 Reynecke, 17 G-A van der Merwe, 18 F van der Merwe, 19 Albert, 20 Jonck, 21 Rose, 22 van Schalkwyk
Looking above, this team is starting to read like a bit of a van der Merwe joke. I wander if they’re all related?Tweet