Ackermann sticks with winning recipe
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named an unchanged matchday 23 for his side's Super Rugby Final against the Crusaders at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Ackermann has been able to select the same team for the last four weeks, which includes their quarterfinal win over the Sharks and their semifinal win over the Hurricanes last weekend.
The match at Ellis Park will also be Ackermann's last in charge for the Lions before he heads to England to coach Premiership side Gloucester.
The Crusaders beat the Chiefs 27-13 in their semifinal last weekend to reach this Saturday's final.
The Lions had to come back from 3-22 behind to beat the Hurricanes 44-29 in last week's other semifinal.
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, August 5
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 16.00 (14.00 GMT; 02.00 NZ time, Sunday, August 6)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker. (South Africa)