Leopards make two changes for Griquas

Talented Leopards lock Rudi Mathee and loosehead prop Nardus Lombard are the only changes to the Leopards side to meet Griquas in Potchefstroom on Friday night.


Mathee replaces Ligtoring Landman and Lombard is in for Boela Kotze, who have both been ruled out with injuries.

Landman, who like Mathee hails from Eastern Province, injured a shoulder and Kotze hurt his ankle.

Coach Chaka Willemse shows consistency in naming his team for the Griquas match, but was forced to make a number of changes on the bench.

With both Landman and Anthonie Gronum injured flanker Thabo Mamojele will double-up as lock which allows Willemse to select two loose-forwards, Bennie Adams and Riaan Swanepoel on the bench.

A positive sign is that the versatile Jean Tiedt is named as reserve scrumhalf after playing all his games at fullback this year. Tiedt will also be contracted as a scrumhalf for next season.

There was an injury cloud over winger Danie Dames, but the former Wildebeest and Puk player recovered to take his place in the side.


Russell Jeacocks; Danie Dames, Jovan Bowles, Basil de Doncker, Bom Samaai; Cecil Dumont, Michael Bondesio; Christo van Niekerk, Thabo Mamojele, Palm Koch ©, Draad Linde, Rudi Mathee, Philip Lemmer, Pellow van der Westhuizen, Nardus Lombard.

Reserves: Gavin Williamson, Os van der Walt, Bennie Adams, Riaan Swanepoel, Jean Tiedt, Clayton Durand, Nicky Kritzinger.

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