Lions bring back their big guns
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Albertus Smith and Rohan Janse van Rensburg will both make their first starts for the Golden Lions this season against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Friday.
Smith returns from Olympic Sevens action while Janse van Rensburg recovered from some niggling Super Rugby injuries.
Also back as part of the rotation of the team is Jacques van Rooyen, Lourens Erasmus and Courtnall Skosan. Hooker Robbie Coetzee also makes a return to the team.
Andries Ferreira and Sylvan Mahuza did not pass their respective fitness tests and will not be available this weekend.
The starting line-up shows eleven changes to the one that beat Boland at Ellis Park last weekend while the whole bench is changed.
Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje (captain), 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Lourens Erasmus, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Jacques van Rooyen, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Victor Sekekete, 19 Fabian Booysen, 20 Dillon Smit, 21 Jaco van der Walt, 22 Jacques Nel.
Date: Friday, September 3
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Francois Pretorius, Jaco Pretorius
TMO: Johan Greeff