So it has finally happened!!
Earl Rose has been dropped from the Lions starting XV for their upcoming match against the Highlanders. According to reports on most rugby websites, Earl has been the Lions’ weakest defensive player since the competition kicked off (as if we didn’t know this already)
The highly rated (in Lions country) Michael Killian will start at fullback in place of Rose in one of four changes to the starting XV.
My prediction is the Lions will get smashed by the Highlanders this weekend.
Here is the team:
Lions: 15 Michael Killian, 14 Wigan Pekeur, 13 Walter Venter, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Tonderai Chavhanga, 10 Carlos Spencer, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Todd Clever, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Nico Luus, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Charles Emslie, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Willem Stoltz, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 JP Joubert, 21 Wandile Mjekevu, 22 Earl Rose.