New halfback pairing among 5 changes to Lions team to face Ospreys

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Sanele Nohamba. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
Sanele Nohamba. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

After losing their opening United Rugby Championship clash to the Bulls last weekend, the Lions have made five changes to their run-on XV for their away clash against the Ospreys in Wales on Saturday evening.

That includes a new halfback pairing as Springbok Sanele Nohamba takes over at scrumhalf from Morne van dern Berg while at flyhalf, Jordan Hendrikse drops to the bench with Gianni Lombard replacing him. 

The other change in the backline sees Zander du Plessis move into the No 13 jumper in place of Henco de Wet.

In the forwards, Emmanuel Tshituka starts at blindside flank in place of Ruhan Straeuli, with Ruben Schoeman moving into lock as Ruan Venter drops to the bench.

The match kicks off at 20:35 (SA time) on Saturday. 

Lions

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Zander du Plessis, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Quan Horn, 10 Gianni Lombard, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Emmanuel Tshituka, 6 Sibusiso Sangweni, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel (captain), 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 PJ Botha, 1 Sithembiso Sithole

Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Pieter Jansen van Vuren, 20 Ruan Venter, 21 Morne van dern Berg, 22 Jordan Hendrikse, 23 Sango Xamlashe

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