Former Lions wing gets Griquas start

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:27
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Former Golden Lions wing Koch Marx has been included in the  Griquas starting XV when they take on the Blue Bulls on Friday.

After their 21-27 defeat to the Pumas a fortnight ago in Kimberley, the Griquas had a bye week to readjust and regroup to emulate their performance against the Free State Cheetahs in Round five.

For Friday's encounter at Loftus Versfeld, the side has made five changes to the starting line-up.  

Captain Adriaan Coetzen moves back to preferred no.15 jersey, while Koch Marx takes up a spot at wing.

The 23-year-old Marx featured in the Lions Super Rugby match the Jaguares in Buenos Aires and has received a promotion from the bench.

Joining him out wide is Ederies Arendse, who replaces Kyle Steyn at the right wing.

While in front, Floris Pelser will partner up with Pieter Jansen van Vuuren in a new lock pairing. In the pack, Wilmar Arnoldi takes the spot as hooker.

Griquas: 15 Adriaan Coertzen (captain), 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Koch Marx, 10 Andre Swarts, 9 Christiaan Meyer, 8 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuren, 4 Floris Pelser, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 Wilmar Arnoldi, 1 Liam Hendricks.
Replacements: 16 Abraham Le Roux, 17 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 18 Jonathan Adendorf, 19 De Wet Kruger, 20 Renier Botha, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Eric Zana.

Date: Friday, September 1
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00GMT)
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant referees: Ruhan Meiring, Jaco Kotze
TMO: Willie Vos

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