Ackermann gets first start for Lions

Date published: March 17 2016

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Lions coach Johan Ackermann has named his son, Ruan, in his team's starting line-up for Saturday's Super Rugby clash with the Cheetahs in Johannesburg. 

Among the backs, Lionel Mapoe is returns at centre, while Andries Coetzee starts at full-back with Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Jaco van der Walt drop to the bench.

Up front, Ruan Ackermann gets his first start in the back row, replacing Warwick Tecklenburg who is serving one-week suspension.

Malcolm Marx returns at hooker in place of Robbie Coetzee while Dylan Smith is named at at loosehead prop ahead of Jacques van Rooyen.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnal Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx 1 Dylan Smith 
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg

Date: Saturday, March 19
Venue: Emirates Airlines Park 
Kick-off: 17:05 local (15:05 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson, Rasta Rasivhenge
TMO: Johan Greeff

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