Super Rugby

Alberts starts for Lions in vital Rebels clash

Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen has named his team for Saturday's Super Rugby clash against the Rebels in Melbourne.

Kick-off is scheduled for 10:15 (SA time).

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There are three changes to the starting XV that went down 29-17 to the Waratahs in Parramatta last Friday.

Up front, Pieter Jansen starts at hooker, with Jan-Hemming Campher dropping to the bench and Springbok Willem Alberts starts his first game of the season at flank in place of the injured Vincent Tshituka.

In the backline, Wandisile Simelane starts at outside centre in place of Manuel Rass.

Shaun Reynolds and Courtnall Skosan are new additions to the bench.

The Lions will be eager to get on the winning track having won only one of four matches this season.

Teams:

Rebels

15 Dane Haylett-Petty (captain), 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Tom English, 12 Bill Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt To’omua, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Gideon Koegelenberg, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Matt Gibbon

Substitutes: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Cameron Orr, 18 Cabous Eloff, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Frank Lomani, 22 Michael Wells, 23 Andrew Deegan

Lions

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Tyrone Green, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Dylan Smith

Substitutes: 16 Jan-Hemming Campher, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Morne van den Berg, 22 Shaun Reynolds, 23 Courtnall Skosan

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