The teams for the crunch Vodacom match between the Lions and Western Province at Ellis Park this weekend have been announced.
Isma-eel Dollie and Francois van der Merwe have both been released by the Stormers selectors for the Crusaders game, and therefore start for the WP side. WP have a formidable look about them, fresh after their 51-7 defeat of the Griffons last weekend and with Wylie Human, Justin Melck, David Hendricks, Francois van der Merwe and captain Hanyani Shimange all having Super 14 experience.
The Lions lost 36-42 to the Cheetahs in their first game, and have made several changes to that line-up. The most notable changes are experienced flanker Roland Bernard dropping out through injury, former EP pivot Michael Killian dropping to the bench with Arno Coetzee taking over the 10 jumper, Alten Hulme starting at lock in place of Willem Scholtz, and Walter Venter replacing the highly regarded Thabang Molefe at inside centre.
The teams are:
Lions: Pagina de Klerk; Wigan Pekeur, Justin St. Jerry, Walter Venter, Trekker van Tonder; Arno Coetzee, Straatkat van Zyl; RW Kember, Francois Uys, Wilhem Koch ©, Varkhond Grobler, Alten Hulme, Eugene Maqwelana, Gavin Williamson, Clint van Niekerk. Reserwes: Torrie Meyer, Gert Muller, Dewald Senekal, Biscuit van Deventer, Jody Rose, Michael Killian. Thabang Molefe
WP: Wylie Human; Terry Jacobs, PJ Vermeulen, Morgan Newman, Zhahier Ryland; Isma-eel Dollie, Alastair Siegelaar; Justin Melck, David Hendricks, Conraad Britz, Rito Hlungwani, Francois van der Merwe, Ruaan du Preez, Hanyani Shimange ©, JC Kritzinger. Reserwes: Deon Fourie, WP Nel, George Earle, Tyrone Holmes, Charlie King, Dabeon Draghoender, Richard LawsonTweet