Journeyman scrumhalf Tian Meyer, having come within a whisker of making the Sharks Currie Cup squad, has seemingly returned to Johannesburg and will sit on the bench for the Lions this weekend, after an unprecedented injury crisis has decimated their scrumhalf ranks.
Injuries to Mike Bondesio, Ross Cronje and Vian van der Watt have resulted in a bizarre start at scrumhalf for the other Cronje twin, Guy – who is usually a flyhalf. Derick Minnie leads a side that lacks experience up front, with props and locks all very green at this level, after the loss of the likes of CJ van der Linde, Franco van der Merwe and Hendrik Roodt.
Marnitz Boshoff has been selected ahead of Elton Jantjies at flyhalf, in a suprising move.
The Lions face the Cheetahs at Ellis Park this weekend in their Currie cup opener.
15.Chrysander Botha, 14.Deon Helberg, 13.Stokkies Hanekom, 12.Dylan des Fountain, 11.Anthony Volmink, 10.Marnitz Boshoff, 9.Guy Cronje, 8.Willie Britz, 7.Warwick Tecklenburg, 6.Derick Minnie (capt), 5.Hugo Kloppers, 4.Stephan Greeff, 3.Ruan Dreyer, 2.Martin Bezuidenhout, 1.Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16.Francois du Toit, 17.CJ van der Linde, 18.Lambert Groenewald, 19.Jaco Kriel, 20.Tian Meyer, 21.Elton Jantjies, 22.Lionel Cronje/Robert de Bruyn