Lions announce team for Sharks duel

2015-04-09 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Lions coach Johan Ackermann has announced his team to face the Sharks in a Super Rugby clash at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.

Ackermann has made four changes to his starting line-up from the team that beat the Bulls 22-18 at home last weekend.

Up front, Julian Redelinghuys will start at tighthead prop, with Ruan Dreyer moving to the bench.

Jaco Kriel also returns to the starting lineup at flank, with Derick Minnie moving down to the bench.

Additionally, Ackermann has made two changes to the backline, with Faf de Klerk starting at scrumhalf in place of Ross Cronje, while Mark Richards will make his Super Rugby debut at left wing in place of Anthony Volmink.

Reserve scrumhalf Lohan Jacobs will also celebrate his Super Rugby debut should he come off the bench.

Kickoff for Saturday’s clash is scheduled for 5.05 pm.

Lions: 15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Harold Vorster, 11. Mark Richards, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Jacques van Rooyen. Replacements: 16. Armand van der Merwe, 17. Corné Fourie, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Robert Kruger, 20. Derick Minnie, 21. Lohan Jacobs, 22. Marnitz Boshoff, 23. Howard Mnisi.

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