Lions change two for Blues

Date published: March 4 2015

Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has made two changes to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Blues in Albany.

In the forwards, Corne Fourie will make his first start at loosehead prop this season. He replaces Schalk van der Merwe who drops out of the matchday squad.

Meanwhile, in the backline, Ross Cronje comes in at scrum-half at the expense of Faf de Klerk, who will be amongst the replacements.

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 (c), 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 Robert Kruger, 20 Derick Minnie, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Howard Mnisi.

Date: Saturday, March 7
Venue: North Harbour Stadium, Albany
Kick-off: 19.35 local (06.35 GMT, 17.35 AEDT, 08.35 SAST)
Referee: Matt O'Brien
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe, Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Glen Newman