Falcons coach Rudy Joubert has shown faith and retained the team that beat Griquas last weekend, for Friday night’s big Absa Currie Cup rugby date with the Lions at Ellis Park .
The same starting 15 who beat Griquas last weekend for their first Currie Cup win in two seasons, will start against the Lions, but two injuries of players on the bench have forced Joubert to make changes among his reserves, according to News24.
Scrumhalf Poerie van Rooyen has broken a cheekbone and midfielder Showan Smith has torn knee ligaments and had to be replaced.
Joubert has utilised the opportunity to draft in former Blue Bulls midfielder Dewald Pretorius on the bench for their Lions meeting. Pretorius will provide cover at centre and wing and is a big strong, runner.
Prop forward Rassie van Vuuren, who was ill last week, also returns to the bench. Van Vuuren was a vital cog in the Blue Bulls side that lifted the Vodacom Cup earlier this season.
Scrumhalf Bolla Adams also returns to the bench with Van Rooyen’s injured.
Falcons: Jacques Schutte; Ernie Kruger, Rouan Cloete, Hanno Coetzee (capt), Luvo Sogidashe; True Blue Smit, Gerrie Odendaal; Sean Plaatjies, Emile Verster, Uwe Sauer, Marius Coetzer, Wouter Moore, Nico Pretorius, Ryno Barnes, Gavin Whittingham.
Reserves: Frik Venter, Rassie van Vuuren, Reggie Perkins, Warren Perkins, Morne Adams, Len Olivier, Dewald Pretorius.Tweet