Lions coach Eugene (Loffie) Eloff has divided his players into two sides for Saturday evening’s two Super 14 warm-up matches against the Bulls at Wits.
Rugbyweek reports that Loffie appears to have divided the players into what seems to be his preferred number one side and a second XV with all the big name recruits named in the obviously stronger White side.
The Bulls have indicated they will give some of their top players a rest, although some may get a run late in the match.
Like Eloff , the Bulls will use the warm-ups for experimentation.
Former Springbok wings Henno Mentz and Ashwin Willemse and former Bok lock Jannes Labuschagne, are three new faces that were absent in last year’s Lions Super 14 line-up – and as a reserve for Earl Rose is World Cup flyhalf Andre Pretorius (pictured), who makes his return after a year of injury problems.
US Eagles captain Todd Cleaver is bracketed on the flank with Franco van der Merwe while former Cheetahs centre Barry Goodes is named at inside centre as a reserve for Doppies le Grange.
The teams are:
Louis Ludik; Ashwin Willemse, Jaque Fourie, Doppies le Grange, Henno Mentz; Earl Rose, Jano Vermaak; Willem Alberts, Franco van der Merwe, Cobus Grobbelaar (capt.), Anton van Zyl, Jannes Labuschagne, Gert Muller, Willie Wepener, Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: Hans van Dyk, Lawrence Sephaka, Todd Clever, Barry Goodes. Andries Pretorius.
Shandre Frolick; Jannie Boshoff, Deon van Rensburg Walter Venter, Dusty Noble; Louis Strydom, Chris Jonck (capt); Robert Kruger, Justin Wheeler, Derick Minni, Antonie Gronum, Rynard Landman, Ross Geldenhuys, Ethienne Reyneck, JS Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: Gert-Andries van der Merwe. Derek Harwood, Martin Bezuidenhout, Johan van Deventer,Thulip Marol, Luaan Steenkamp, Jody Rose, Divan Kotze, Lehan Koekemoer, Alistair Siegelaar
The two teams play the Bulls at Wits on Saturday at 6pm and 8pm.Tweet