Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson has named an unchanged side for their clash with the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Bryce Hegarty will remain at starting fly-half with Bernard Foley set to miss another round while he recovers from the head knock sustained in the pre-season game.
Speaking from Johannesburg, Gibson is hoping for a dry track this weekend so his side can get back to playing the style of rugby they enjoy.
“The Lions are a strong team and we’re expecting them to be formidable at home,” said Gibson.
“The team had some frustrations with our game last weekend when we sat down to review the game. We know the areas we want to work on coming out of last weekend and just looking forward to playing in front of what we know will be an enthusiastic crowd,” he said.
Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 David Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 Senio Toleafoa, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro
Date: Saturday, March 4
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 15:05 local (13:05 GMT)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)