Changes galore for Lions

Date published: May 21 2015

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Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has made several changes to his starting XV for Saturday's derby with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

In the forwards, Ackermann has chosen to start Jacques van Rooyen and Ruan Dreyer in the front row. Andries Ferreira will partner Martin Muller as the lock pairing, while Warwick Tecklenburg returns to the run-on side at blindside flank.

In the backline, Courtnall Skosan returns to start on the left wing which results in Ruan Combrinck shifting back to right wing – a move very much expected among sports betting circles.

Howard Mnisi comes into the starting side and links up with Lionel Mapoe in the midfield, as Mapoe shifts back to outside centre after wearing the number 14 jersey in last weekend's defeat to the Brumbies.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Robert Kruger, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Harold Vorster.

Date: Saturday, May 23
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 17:05 local (01:05 AEST, 03:05 NZST, 15:05 GMT)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Television match official: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

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