Currie Cup

Lions make 3 changes for Cheetahs clash

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Jannie du Plessis (Gallo Images)
Jannie du Plessis (Gallo Images)

Lions coach Ivan van Rooeyn has made three changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's Currie Cup clash against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Prop Jannie du Plessis, centre Dan Kriel and scrumhalf Andre Warner all crack the nod this week.

Kriel replaces the injured Burger Odendaal, who is struggling with a strained right calf muscle. In rotational changes, Warner replaces Ross Cronje and Du Plessis comes in for Ruan Dreyer.

Four players from the starting line-up were in action against the Cheetahs in the Currie Cup final in Bloemfontein last year. They are Dylan Smith, Marvin Orie, Wandisile Simelane and Stean Pienaar. Jan-Henning Campher, Wilhelm van der Sluys and Len Massyn were on the bench on that day. 

Mannie Rass is also a new addition to the Lions bench.

Kick-off for Saturday's clash at Free State Stadium is at 16:30.

Teams:

Cheetahs

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Howard Mnisi, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Jeandre Rudolph, 7 Aidon Davis, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Carl Wegner (captain), 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Khutha Mchunu, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Boan Venter

Substitutes: 16 Marnus van der Merwe, 17 Cameron Dawson, 18 Erich de Jager, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Victor Sekekete, 21 Ruben de Haas, 22 Reinhardt Fortuin, 23 Dries Swanepoel

Lions

15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vince Tshituka, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Willem Alberts, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sti Sithole

Substitutes: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 21 Morne van den Berg, 22 Mannie Rass, 23 Roelof Smit

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