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Jaco Kriel withdrawn from Lions squad for personal reasons

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Jaco Kriel (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
Jaco Kriel (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Lions flank Jaco Kriel has been withdrawn from the side for Friday night's clash against Griquas at Ellis Park. 

He will be replaced by Marnus Schoeman. 

Kriel was due to start on the bench, but a statement from the Lions on Friday confirmed that he would no longer feature due to "personal reasons". 

Reports online suggested that Kriel's father, Herman Kriel, had passed away. 

"We support him in this difficult time," the Lions statement added. 

Kick-off on Friday night is at 19:00.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Ross Cronje, 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 Adre 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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