Coach Eugene Eloff named an unchanged side to face the Reds at Ellis Park this Saturday. The players did well against the Sharks last Saturday, and if it wasn’t for a few critical errors the result might have been different. The match kicks off at 17:00.
The Lions will take heart from the fact that they managed to look respectable against the Sharks in their last game, while the Reds will obviously fancy their chances after pulling off a shock win against the defending Super 14 champions, the Bulls, in Brisbane in their last game.
The Lions will be hoping that home-ground advantage, altitude and the fact that the Reds had to travel to SA, tilt the game in their favour, and they are basically in a position where it is a must-win game for them, having won only one of their first five games and currently on a four game losing streak.
Last year the Lions won 26-20 in Brisbane, but the Reds were horrible last year and finished the year in 14th place on the log, this year they are sitting pretty in 8th place.
The Lions aimed for a top half finish at the start of the season, something that already looks unlikely to happen as that means that they have to win at least 5 of their last 8 matches.
Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Dusty Noble, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Ryno Benjamin, 10 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Joe van Niekerk, 7 Ernst Joubert(c), 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Anton Van Zyl, 4 Gerhard Mostert, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Rudi Vogt, 22 Jannie Boshoff.
Reds: 15. Chris Latham, 14. Clinton Schifcofske, 13. Morgan Tirinui, 12. Berrick Barnes, 11. Peter Hynes, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Sam Cordingley(c), 8. Leroy Houston, 7. Poutasi Luafutu, 6. John Roe, 5. James Horwill, 4. Van Humphries, 3. Dayna Edwards, 2. Sean Hardman, 1. Greg Holmes.
Replacements: 16. Stephen Moore, 17. Rodney Blake, 18. Ed O’Donoghue, 19. David Croft, 20. Ben Lucas, 21. Brando Va’aulu, 22. Scott Higginbotham.