Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann has made five changes to his starting XV for Friday ’s clash with the Pumas in Nelspruit.
In the front row, Jacques van Rooyen will start at loosehead prop, with Ruan Dreyer shifting to tighthead. Additionally, Martin Muller comes in at lock while Fabian Booysen returns to the number eight berth due to Ruaan Lerm's injury.
As a result of a late quadricep injury that captain Jaco Kriel sustained during training, Stephan de Wit has also been included in the side at flank. Scrum-half Ross Cronje takes over the captaincy.
A change in the backline sees Sampie Mastriet starting at wing, shifting Ruan Combrinck out to full-back.
Golden Lions: 15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje (c), 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Stephan de Wit, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 MB Lusaseni, 19 Jano Venter, 20 Jaco van der Walt, 21 Alwyn Hollenbach, 22 Anthony Volmink.
Date: Saturday, August 29
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Kick-off: 19:10 local (17:10 GMT)
Referee: Lesego Legoete
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Jaco Kotze