South Africa

Ackermann 'rotates' his Lions

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:48
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Lions coach Johan Ackermann made three changes to his side for their final warm-up match ahead of the Super Rugby promotion-relegation series.

The Lions face Griquas at Ellis Park this Saturday.

The promotion/relegation games against the Southern Kings are scheduled for Friday, July 26 (in Port Elizabeth) and Friday, August 2 (in Johannesburg).

Ackermann made just one change to his backline - where Guy Cronjé replaces twin brother Ross at scrumhalf.

JJ Breedt gets a rare start at lock ahead of Hugo Kloppers, while Francois du Toit starts at hooker in place of Robbie Coetzee.

Ackermann named an extended bench, with a few calls to be made closer to matchday.

Golden Lions: 15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Nicolaas Hanekom, 12 Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Guy Cronjé, 8 Lambert Groenewald, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 JJ Breedt, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain).
Replacements - from: Mark Pretorius, Jacques van Rooyen, Ruan Dreyer, Hugo Kloppers/Gavin Annandale, Willie Britz, Ross Cronje/Wiaan van der Watt, Lionel Cronje, Chrysander Botha, Deon Helberg.

Date: Saturday, July 13
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 15.00 (13.00 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Ben Crouse, Renier Vermeulen
TMO: Johann Meuwesen

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