Lions change two for Kings Clash
MTN Lions Head-Coach, Johan Ackermann, made two forced changes to the side that beat the Southern Kings, in the first leg of the Vodacom Super Rugby promotion/relegation series.
Deon Helberg will come into the starting XV for injured wing Deon van Rensburg while Ross Cronje replaces Viaan van der Watt at scrumhalf.
The two teams will play each other at 17h00 on Saturday at Ellis Park in Johannesburg in the return leg of the series. The Lions lead the series with 4 log points to 1 after beating the Kings 26-19 in Port Elizabeth last week. The Lions will need to secure only a bonus point for losing with 7 points or less to secure a return to Super Rugby in 2014.
Kevin de Klerk, GLRU President, has however made it clear in interviews earlier this week that the Lions will not be complacent and that nothing less than a win will be acceptable for them. They want to show that they are indeed worthy of being in Super Rugby.
The game will be played in front of a sold-out crowd of 60 000. This is a record for Super Rugby this year.
MTN Lions team: 15. Ruan Combrinck, 14. Deon Helberg, 13. Stokkies Hanekom, 12. Dylan Des Fountain, 11. Anthony Volmink, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Warren Whiteley, 7. Derick Minnie, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Hendrik Roodt, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Martin Bezuidenhout, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg. Replacements: 16. Robbie Coetzee, 17. Ruan Dreyer, 18. Willie Britz, 19. Warwick Tecklenburg, 20. Guy Cronje, 21. Marnitz Boshoff, 22. Chrysander Botha.