Lions forced to change

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 09:07
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Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has been forced to make changes to his side to face the Southern Kings in the second leg of the Super Rugby promotion-relegation series.

The Lions, who carry a seven-point advantage in the wake of their 26-19 win  in Port Elizabeth last week, will host the Kings at a sold-out Ellis Park on Saturday.

Ackermann made two changes.

In the backline Deon Helberg replaces the injured Deon van Rensburg on the wing.

Ross Cronje will start at scrumhalf in place of the injured Vian van der Watt.

Lions: 15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Nicolaas Hanekom, 12 Dylan Des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain).
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Guy Cronje, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Chrysander Botha.

Date: Saturday, August 3
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha, Marius Jonker
TMO: Shaun Veldsman