It’s the battle of the bottom feeders. Will anybody bother to watch?
I guess the answer is yes, simply because so many folks have a Last Man Standing pick riding on this game. We have reliably learned that there will be no media whatsoever at the game (this include SuperSport) since Manie Reynecke has banned anyone who says anything negative about him and his joke of a union. We’ll hopefully get some smoke signals from Coke Park to tell us what the score is.
Force by 100, I reckon and the Southern Kings to play next week’s Lions fixture against the Blues, on the grounds that they can’t be any more embarrassing to South African rugby than the kitties are.
Ref: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
ARs: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Stefan Breytenbach (South Africa)
TMO: Gerrie Coetzee(South Africa)
Venue: Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 17:05 SA time, 16:05 BST
Lions: 15 Carlos Spencer, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Tonderai Chavhanga, 10 Herkie Kruger, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Derick Minnie, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 George Earle, 4 Nico Luus, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Charles Emslie/Hannes Franklin, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Jacques Lombaard, 19 Justin Wheeler/Jonathan Mokuena, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Jaco Taute, 22 Bernardo Botha.
Western Force: 15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Scott Staniforth, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Ryan Cross, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 David Hill, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Richard Brown, 7 David Pocock, 6 Matt Hodgson, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Matt Dunning, 2 Ben Whittaker, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacement: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Tom Hockings, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Justin Turner, 21 Sam Harris, 22 Mark Bartholomeusz.