Smith back for Golden Lions

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:55
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: BlitzBok star Albertus Smith will start in the Golden Lions' back row when they take on Griquas in Kimberley.

Smith returns after serving his ban for dangerous play in the Super Rugby Final last month. 

Prop Jacobie Adriaanse also gets his first start for the Golden Lions for the Currie Cup clash in Kimberley.

Meanwhile, Golden Lions head coach Swys de Bruin has released youngsters Hacjivah Dayimani, Madosh Tambwe and Bradley Thain for the Unions' Under-21 side for the clash against the Blue Bulls.

Lock Andries Ferreira will also not travel to Kimberley as he will remain home for the birth of his second child.

"I firmly believe that the Griquas must be favourites for this clash if one looks at their recent form," said De Bruin.

"In fact, some of their more senior players must be in contention to help out the Cheetahs or Southern Kings in the Pro14 after some sterling performances for the Kimberlites in recent weeks."

Golden Lions: 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Ashlon Davids, 9 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rhyno Herbst, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen (captain).
Replacements: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Sithembiso Sithole, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Fabian Booysen, 21 Branco du Preez, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi.

Date: Friday, September 8
Venue: Kimberley Park, Kimberley
Kick-off: 19.15 (17.15 GMT)
Referee: TBC
Assistant referees: TBC
TMO: TBC

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