This should be a good game…
Well, strictly speaking, no… it won’t be a good game. It may well be an entertaining game, with plenty tries on offer. The Lions seldom bother to tackle even when there is something at stake. Will they be able to score almost as many as the Blues do? Will Carlos Spencer resist the temptation to swap sides at half time?
I’m sure the assembled crowd of 9 guys and a dog will be treated to a real spectacle of running rugby today.
Ref: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
ARs: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Reuben Rossouw (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Venue: Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 15:00 SA time, 13:00 GMT
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, 5 George Earl, 4 Franco van der Merwe, 3 Gert Muller 2 Charles Emslie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Nico Luus, 19 Justin Wheeler, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Jaco Taute, 22 Bernardo Botha.
Blues: 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Paul Williams, 10 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Serge Lilo, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Anthony Boric, 4 Kurtis Haiu, 3 John Afoa, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Tevita Mailau, 17 Charlie Faumuina, 18 Filo Paulo, 19 Viliami Ma’afu, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Stephen Brett/George Pisi, 22 Anthony Tuitavake.