Currie Cup

Prop Ntlabakanye leads Lions in Currie Cup duel against WP

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Asenathi Ntlabakanye. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images)
Asenathi Ntlabakanye. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images)

Prop forward Asenathi Ntlabakanye will captain the Lions in their Currie Cup opener against Western Province in Cape Town on Saturday.

The Lions match-day 23 boasts 10 Junior Springboks and tighthead Ntlabakanye said it's an "honour and privilege" for him to be handed the captain's armband.

"To be captain at a franchise that I've played for since I was under-16 is huge thing for me. I'm also lucky enough to have strong leaders around me who I can lean on during the game."

'Asa', who also boasts United Rugby Championship experience, expects a hard tussle at Cape Town Stadium.

"The focus this week has been about what we can bring to the table as a squad," Ntlabakanye added.

"Western Province away has never been an easy fixture. We know they have a strong set piece and can be dangerous in open play but we'll ready for that." 

Lions head coach Mziwakhe Nkosi said he was excited to see his young guns perform in the Currie Cup.

"It's an opportunity for them to express themselves against the best the Currie Cup has to offer.

"We are quite pleased with the side we've selected for Saturday. Most of them have tasted success in last year's under-20 domestic competition, so as a management group we back them to showcase their talent."

Saturday's clash kick off at 17:00.

Teams:

Western Province

15 Tristan Leyds, 14 Angelo Davids, 13 Leolin Zas, 12 Cornel Smit, 11 Paschal Ekeji, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Thomas Bursey, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Simon Miller, 6 Nama Xaba (captain), 5 Adre Smith, 4 Connor Evans, 3 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 2 Chad Solomon, 1 Kwenzo Blose

Substitutes: 16 Jacques van Zyl, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Keke Morabe, 20 Deon Fourie, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Chris Schreuder, 23 Mnombo Zwelendaba

Lions

15 Quan Horn, 14 Boldwin Hansen, 13 James Mollentze, 12 Aidynn Cupido, 11 Zeilinga Strydom, 10 Vaughen Isaacs, 9 Jurich Claasens, 8 Emmanuel Tshituka, 7 Jarod Cairns, 6 Mark Snyman, 5 Simon Dionisio, 4 PJ Steenkamp, 3 Asenathi Ntlabakanye (captain), 2 Dameon Venter, 1 Banele Mthenjane

Substitutes: 16 Darnell Osuagwu, 17 Heiko Pohlmann, 18 Sibusiso Shongwe, 19 Ruan Venter, 20 Lunga Ncube, 21 MJ Pelser, 22 Nico Steyn, 23 Tyler Bocks

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