Openside role for BlitzBok Smith

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:18
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has made a number of changes to his starting XV for their clash against the Western Force in Perth.

The front row that started against the Jaguares has changed with Ruan Dreyer, Malcolm Marx and Jacques van Rooyen starting the match against the Force.

BlitzBok Albertus Smith takes over the No.6 jersey from Jaco Kriel, which completes the changes in the forward pack.

In the backline, Francois de Klerk gets a start in the No.9 jersey, while Sylvian Mahuza gets promoted from the bench to take Madosh Tambwe's place in the starting line-up.

The Lions are currently second in the combined Super Rugby standings, four points behind the Crusaders.  

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Anthony Volmink.

Date: Saturday, April 29
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 19.55 (13.55 SA Time; 11.55 GMT)
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand), Amy Perrett (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

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