Rassie Erasmus is throwing his dice furiously once more in the hope of burgling a Super 14 win against the Lions this weekend.
Willem de Waal retains the flyhalf jersey – a sure sign that Erasmus has given up on using his much-vaunted outside backs and will rather attempt to use big Willie’s boot as a blunt instrument to bludgeon the kitties into submission. Schalk Burger is back in the starting lineup and will hope that, as his hair grows out, his Samsonesque mojo returns.
Old AJ is back on the bench, with Adriaan Fondse back to partner the wing-lock, Andries Bekker, in the second row. Sireli Naqelevuki is in for Nick Koster on the left wing this week, although it’s Zimbabwean speedster Tonderai Chavange who gets the chop, as Koster will take his place on the right this week.
Conrad Jantjes is still not fit, meaning another run for veteran Percy Montgomery at fullback.
15 Percy Montgomery, 14 Nick Koster, 13 Gcobani Bobo, 12 Jean de Villiers (capt), 11 Sireli Naqelevuki, 10 Willem de Waal, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Luke Watson, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Subs: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 JD Moller, 18 AJ Venter, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Dewaldt Duvenhage, 21 Peter Grant, 22 Tonderai Chavhanga.