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Griquas ring changes for Lions with only 6 surviving Pumas loss

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Griquas captain George Whitehead
Griquas captain George Whitehead
Morgan Piek

Griquas coach Scott Mathie has named a much-changed team for their next Super Rugby Unlocked encounter, against the Lions in Johannesburg on Friday evening.

Only six players from their last match – a home defeat to the Pumas almost a fortnight ago – have retained their positions in the starting line-up, while there are two positional changes.

The six players who will start in the same positions as two weekends ago are the midfield pairing of Harlon Klaasen and Andre Swartz, the halfbacks George Whitehead and Zak Burger, Stefan Willemse (flank) and HJ Luus (hooker).

James Verity-Amm moves from wing to fullback and Carl Els from flank to No 8. The other players in the match 23 are basically new, with Andrew Beerwinkel (prop), Adre Smith (lock), Mzwanele Zito (lock) and Gideon van der Merwe (flank) promoted from the bench.

James Verity-Amm moves from wing to fullback.

The two starting props from the match against the Lowvelders, John-Roy Jenkinson and Mox Mxoli, will start on the bench on Friday, while Anthony Volmink, Daniel Kasende, Niell Jordaan, Victor Sekekete and Ian Groenewald – all of them starters in their last match – do not feature at all.

The new faces on the bench are Monde Hadebe, Johan Momsen, Ewan Coetzee, Theo Maree, Tinus de Beer, Masixole Banda, Bandisa Ndlovu, CJ Velleman and Jonathan Francke, although Mathie must still decide which eight will be the official replacements for the match.

Kick-off is at 19:00.

- SA Rugby

Teams

Lions

15 Gianni Lombard, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 Morné van den Berg, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 MJ Pelser, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sti Sithole.

Substitutes: 16 PJ Botha, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Ross Cronjé, 22 Burger Odendaal, 23 Tiaan Swanepoel.

Griquas

15 James Verity-Amm, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Harlon Klaasen, 12 André Swarts, 11 Eduan Keyter, 10 George Whitehead (captain), 9 Zak Burger, 8 Carl Els, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Adré Smith, 4 Mzwanele Zito, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 HJ Luus, 1 Andrew Beerwinkel.

Substitutes: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Mox Mxoli, 18 John-Roy Jenkinson, 19 Johan Momsen, 20 Ewan Coetzee, 21 Theo Maree, 22 Tinus de Beer, 23 Masixole Banda, 24 Bandisa Ndlovu, 25 CJ Velleman, 26 Jonathan Francke.

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