Big guns back for Lions

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:03
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Lions have brought back a number of stars for their Super Rugby Round Four clash against the Reds in Johannesburg on Saturday.

In the backline, Elton Jantjies and Francois de Klerk are back at No.10 and No.9 respectively with Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Lionel Mapoe combining in the midfield.

Andries Coetzee is at fullback, while Madosh Tambwe comes into the starting XV at wing.

In the pack, Ruan Ackermann and Jaco Kriel will join captain Warren Whiteley in the back row. 

Lock Franco Mostert will run out in his 50th Super Rugby game on Saturday and will be partnered in the second row by Andries Ferreira. 

Ruan Dreyer, Malcolm Marx and Jacques van Rooyen form a new front row.  

The Lions are coming off a 24-36 defeat to the Jaguares in Round Three.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.  
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Harold Vorster. 

Date: Saturday, March 18
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT)
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

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