Lions unchanged for quarterfinal
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has decided to go with continuity for his side's Super Rugby quarterfinal against the Sharks at Ellis Park on Saturday.
The same matchday 23 that beat the Sharks 27-10 in Durban last weekend will do battle in Johannesburg.
Wing Ruan Combrinck will reach the milestone of 50 Super Rugby caps when he runs out at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Flyhalf Elton Jantjies is the overall leading points scorer in Super Rugby 2017 with 166 points. His 47 conversions are also a new Lions record for a Super Rugby year, breaking his record of 44 conversions in 2016.
He also played in his 84th match for the Lions Super franchise, breaking Franco van der Merwe's record of 83 appearances.
The 2017 team has scored 81 tries thus far, equalling the 2016 record of 81 team tries, with the play-offs still remaining.
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Albertus Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Francois Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.
Date: Saturday, July 22
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 14.30 (12.30 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa), Egon Seconds (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)