Currie Cup action for the weekend kicks off tonight, with the Lions hosting a disappointing Griquas outfit, with no wins from their first three starts. The Lions sit at the top of the Currie Cup log, and will look to make full use of their home advantage and the availability of Elton Jantjes to stay there.
The Lions have made a few unnecessary changes, which seem silly, but coach Johan Ackermann seems to know what he is doing, and shifting Josh Struass to lock might be genius in the long run. Another change comes at halfback, where Ross Cronje gets a start ahead of Michael Bondesio.
Griquas coach Pote Human has also made changes, but these are more out of anger than anything else, as he struggles to find combinations that work in match conditions, with his team only managing to put together forty minutes of good rugby a match. Jean Stemmet comes into the midfield in place of Stefan Watermeyer, while Justin Downey drops to the bench In favour of Marnus Schoeman.
This match should be pretty close, as all Currie Cup encounters are this year so far, but I suspect the Lions will have too much in the tank for the pou-blou.
Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 JR Esterhuizen, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Butch James, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Willie Britz, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Joshua Strauss, 3 CJ Van der Linde, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain).
Replacements: 16 Callie Visagie/Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Michael Bondesio, 21 Alwyn Hollenbach, 22 Deon Helberg.
Griquas: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Wesley Wilkins, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Rynhardt Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Ivann Espag, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Matthew Rosslee.Tweet