Lions drop Ackermann for Brink
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Golden Lions have made two changes to their starting XV for their clash against the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Thursday.
Andries Ferreira replaces the injured Lourens Erasmus at lock and Cyle Brink comes in for Ruan Ackermann who drops down to the bench in a rotational move.
Martin Muller joins the bench as back-up lock and Pieter Scholtz as replacement prop.
The Lions are coming off an impressive 58-32 win over Western Province last weekend. They are currently fifth on the Currie Cup Premier Division standings, two points behind the fourth-placed Griquas.
The Cheetahs are sitting pretty at the top of the standings after five wins from five.
Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Selom Gavor, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronje (captain), 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Andries Ferreira, 4 Jean-Pierre du Preez, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Pieter Scholtz, 18 Martin Muller, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Dillon Smit, 21 Ashlon Davids, 22 Howard Mnisi.
Date: Thursday, September 15
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Jaco Kotze
TMO: JJ Wagner