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Lions change three for Crusaders

03rd April 2014 10:52

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Andries Coetzee

Andries Coetzee: Starts at 15

Lions boss Johan Ackermann has made three changes to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Crusaders in Johannesburg.

In the forwards, Martin Muller comes in at lock for the injured Franco van der Merwe.

Meanwhile, in the backline, Andries Coetzee will start at full-back with Lionel Mapoe coming into the run-on side at outside centre. As a result, Deon van Rensburg shifts to wing.

Amongst the replacements, Malcolm Marx is set to make his Super Rugby debut while Warwick Tecklenburg and Elton Jantjies also return to the matchday squad.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Willie Britz, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 MB Lusaseni, 20 Warwick Tecklenburg, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 JW Jonker.

Date: Saturday, April 5
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 17.05 local (15.05 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa), Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Television match official: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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