The Currie Cup round robin stage comes to an end, and considering the evenly matched tournament to date, it is rather disappointing that the final match is set up to be a one sided affair.
The Lions are assured of second spot on the log, and with the Sharks winning last night, have absolutely nothing to play for. The decision to rest their big name players could work in their favour, in keeping them fresh ahead of the more important games, or against them by taking any momentum they had going into this time of the season, and chucking it out the window.
The Bulls’ task is simple – win and they are almost guaranteed a spot in the play-offs. Obviously a loss is not negotiable and could even leave the Bulls with the slight matter of a promotion/relegation match against the Kings. Pine Pienaar has gone all out in selecting all his Springboks, and with the Lions selecting their weakened team, has made the job easier.
Lions: 15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Butch James (captain), 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 CJ van der Linde.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Paul Willemse, 19 Warren Whiteley, 20 Whestley Moolman, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Lionel Mapoe.
Blue Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Juandré Kruger, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Morné Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Dean Greyling.Tweet