Smith bolsters Lions' front row stocks

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:46
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Golden Lions received a timely boost, with the return to fitness of one of their frontline front row forwards.

Prop Dylan Smith returns to action for the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup Round 10 clash with the Blue Bulls at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Smith has been included on the bench after a lengthy lay-off due to a shoulder injury he picked up against the Jaguares Buenos Aires in March and had to undergo an operation.

Andries Ferreira is back to partner with Marvin Orie at lock, after the birth of his daughter last week.

In the only other change Shaun Reynolds has been included on the bench in the place of Branco du Preez, who has re-joined the Springbok Sevens side.

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 Janse van Vuren, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen (captain).
Replacements: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Fabian Booysen, 21 Shaun Reynolds, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi.

Date: Saturday, September 16
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT)
Referee: Egon Seconds
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Damon Murphy
TMO: Willie Vos

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