The second Currie Cup match of the afternoon takes us to Johannesburg, the first of two matches in Gauteng, where the Lions host Western Province.
The Lions have back at their disposal Elton Jantjes, who comes straight into the starting line-up, as well as the return from injury of Bandise Maku, somewhat reinforces the Lions team. The big tackling Butch James in midfield against Marcel Brache should make for interesting viewing.
Province also welcome back some Springbok stalwarts in Siya Kolisi and Juan de Jongh, both straight into the starting line-up. The loose trio of Kolisi and Duane Vermeulen looks like one of the better combo’s in the current competition.
A tough match to call, as will all the matches in this year’s Currie Cup be, but I would think that recent developments in the Lions’ backroom will have a dire effect on their playing ability, and Province should be able to get a win from this match.
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 JR Esterhuizen, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Butch James, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain)
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Deon Helberg, 22 Ruan Combrinck
WP: 15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Juan de Jongh (vice-captain), 12. Marcel Brache, 11. Ederies Arendse, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Tyrone Holmes, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Don Armand, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Deon Fourie (captain), 1. Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 JP du Plessis, 22 Kurt Coleman.Tweet