The Lions team to face the Stormers at Coca Cola Park this Saturday has been announced, with the team struggling with injuries after their bye weekend. Andries Coetzee, that played against the Sharks two weeks ago following Jantjies’ injury, will start on the wing.
In other backline changes, Butch James will take on the pivot role while Tiaan Meyer has a shot at starting in the nine jersey following the injury to Michael Bondesio. Jaco Taute is shifted to outside centre, where he will link up with Doppies la Grange. James Kamana will start at fullback while Deon van Rensburg completes the backline.
Pat Cilliers returns to boost the front row, coming in on the tighthead side and joining Caylib Oosthuizen and Callie Visagie. Franco van der Merwe and Marius Coetzer will continue in the second row, with no sign of Hendrik Roodt in the match 22.
Ross Cronjé will sit on the bench for the first time, and could make his Super Rugby debut for the Lions. He is joined by another first timer, Ruan Combrinck, who will make his debut should he take the field.
Lions: James Kamana; Deon van Rensburg, Jaco Taute, Doppies la Grange, Andries Coetzee; Butch James, Tian Meyer; Warren Whiteley, Josh Strauss (Capt), Derrick Minnie, Marius Coetzer, Franco van der Merwe, Pat Cilliers, Callie Visagie, Caylib Oosthuizen.
Reserves: Martin Bezuidenhout, Jacobie Adriaanse, Stephan Greeff, Baywatch Grobbelaar, Ross Cronjé, Michael Killian, Ruan Combrinck.Tweet