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Lions change one for Reds clash

20th March 2014 08:10

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Willie Wepener close up for Lions

Starts: Willie Wepener

Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has made just one alteration to his starting line-up that will face the Reds at Ellis Park in Jo'burg on Saturday.

That change comes at hooker where Willie Wepener replaces the injured Robbie Coetzee.

Meanwhile, on the bench, Mark Pretorius comes up into the squad after performing well in the junior ranks. He will provide cover at hooker.

Another promising junior figure, Stephan de Wit, will also look to earn his first Super Rugby cap off the bench. This after back-row forward Warwick Tecklenburg failed a concussion test this week.

Additionally, utility back Lionel Mapoe has now recovered from his hamstring strain and will also provide cover on the replacements bench.

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

Date: Saturday, March 22
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 17.00 local (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Francois de Bruin (South Africa)
Television match official: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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