What a way to wrap up the weekend’s rugby.
The baggage that accompanies this match ensures that it has no option BUT to be a very heated encounter. The Coaches know each other very well having coached together until 2008 and the Sharks “stole” Alberts from the Lions. The first will ensure a close encounter, the second will ensure it is heated.
Having a more than decent referee in charge of this game is a must and eventually SANZAR has come to the party and given us one.
Ref: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
ARs: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Phillip Bosch (South Africa)
TMO: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)
Venue: Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 17:05 SA Time, 15:05 GMT
Lions: 15 Michael Killian, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Marius Delport, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Herkie Kruger, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Todd Clever, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Nico Luus, 3 Gert Muller, 2 Hans van Dyk, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Willem Stoltz, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Deon van Rensburg, 22 Carlos Spencer.
The Sharks: 15 Patrick Lambie, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 12 Riaan Swanepoel, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Johann Muller, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 John Smit (captain).
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Alistair Hargreaves, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Andries Strauss, 22 Lwazi Mvovo.