Three changes for Lions

Date published: April 23 2015

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

In the forwards, Armand van der Merwe will start at hooker while Ruan Dreyer has been drafted in at tighthead prop.

The backline sees just one change with Courtnall Skosan starting at left wing having recovered from injury.

On the bench, MB Lusaseni also moves into the matchday squad having recovered from his long-term injury. This is his first call-up for the 2015 competition.

Unfortunately Derick Minnie drops out of the matchday 23 as a result of an injury he sustained during Tuesday’s training session.

Minnie has undergone surgery on his knee and will be out of action for the remainder of the season.

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

Date: Saturday, April 25
Venue: Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 17:05 (15:05 GMT, 01:05 AEST, 03:05 NZST)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Ben Crouse
TMO: Johan Greeff