Lions unchanged for Crusaders

Date published: March 11 2015

Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named an unchanged starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Ackermann has opted for consistency, selecting the same run-on side which beat the Blues 13-10 in Auckland last weekend.

Meanwhile, the bench sees just two changes with new Lions recruit Andries Ferreira providing lock cover and Springbok fly-half Marnitz Boshoff returning to the match day 23.

Boshoff was dropped from theJohsnnesburg-based outfit's matchday squad after a poor performance against the Sharks in Durban in Round Two.

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

Date: Saturday, March 13
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 16:30 local (03:30 GMT, 14:30 AEDT, 05:30 SAST)
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Wratt (New Zealand)