Wholesale changes for Lions

Thu, 03 May 2018 10:47
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Lions head coach Swys de Bruin has made a number of changes to his starting XV for their Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday. 

In the backline, Nicholas Groom takes over the No.9 jersey from Dillon Smit, while Aphiwe Dyantyi is back at wing in place of Madosh Tambwe.

In the midfield, Lionel Mapoe returns to the starting XV in the No.13 jersey with Harold Vorster moving to inside centre. Rohan Janse van Rensburg drops down to the bench. 

In the pack, Marnus Schoeman gets his first start for the Lions.
 
With the fiery flank, who made an immediate impact from the bench against the Reds last weekend, at No.6, Albertus Smith moves to No.8 while Cyle Brink comes it at No.7.
 
Captain Francois Mostert moves back to the lock position where he will partner with Lourens Erasmus. 

There is also some rotation in the front row where Dylan Smith and Jacobie Adriaanse both get a start.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrink, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nicholas Groom, 8 Albertus Smith, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Francois Mostert, 4 Lourens Erasmus, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Ashlon Davids, 22 Rohan Janse Van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

Date: Saturday. May 5
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19.35 (09.35 SA time; 07.35 GMT)
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe, Richard Kelly
TMO: Shane McDermott

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