Posted: Oct 16, 2012 4:12 AM
Updated: Oct 16, 2012 4:12 AM
JOHANNESBURG Oct 16 Sapa
LIONS CHANGE ELEVEN FOR SEMIFINAL CLASH
Lions coach Johan Ackermann on Tuesday made 11 changes to his starting XV to face Western Province in their Currie Cup semifinal clash in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Skipper JC Janse van Rensburg returns at loosehead prop in place of CJ van der Linde, Jacobie Adriaanse replaces Pat Cilliers at tighthead prop, lock Franco van der Merwe returns to the starting line-up ahead of Paul Willemse and Cobus Grobbelaar replaces Jaco Kriel at blindside flank, while Kriel shifts to openside flank, replacing Derick Minnie.
At the back of the scrum, Warren Whiteley is preferred ahead of Willie Britz.
In the backline, Michael Bondesio starts at scrum half in place of Ross Cronje, Elton Jantjies replaces Butch James at flyhalf with James moving to the bench, Springbok Jaco Taute starts in place of Deon van Rensburg at outside centre, while Ruan Combrinck shifts from fullback to right wing, replacing Deon Helberg in the process.
Andries Coetzee starts at fullback. Lions team: Andries Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck, Jaco Taute, Alwyn Hollenbach/ Dylan des Fountain, Anthony Volmink, Elton Jantjies, Michael Bondesio, Warren Whiteley, Jaco Kriel, Cobus Grobbelaar, Franco van der Merwe, Michael Rhodes, Jacobie Adriaanse, Callie Visagie, JC Janse van Rensburg (captain). Replacements: Bandise Maku, CJ van der Linde/Pat Cilliers, Hendrik Roodt, Derick Minnie, Ross Cronje, Butch James, Deon Helberg.