Currie Cup

Lions name settled line-up for Loftus semi-final

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Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen. (Gallo Images)
Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen. (Gallo Images)

Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen has named a settled line-up for their Currie Cup semi-final against the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday.

All the tried and tested combinations from the Currie Cup stage of the season will start at Loftus Versfeld.

The Lions, who only lost once during the Currie Cup, are led by the ever-reliant Elton Jantjies from the flyhalf position.

Van Rooyen said he expected an improved effort from their last encounter against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld when they went down 22-15 in the wet.

"The conditions will certainly be a factor in how we approach and execute this match and we will have to put more pressure on them defensively than we did in our last encounter," Van Rooyen said.

Kick-off is at 14:00 on Saturday with hot temperatures expected.

Teams:

Bulls

15 David Kriel, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Stravino Jacobs, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Erasmus, 1 Lizo Gqoboka

Substitutes: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Mornay Smith, 19 Jan Uys, 20 Arno Botha, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Marco Jansen van Vuren

Lions

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

Substitutes: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 21 Morne van den Berg, 22 Dan Kriel, 23 Francke Horn, 24 Nathan McBeth, 25 EW Viljoen, 26 Ross Cronje

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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