Grobbelaar to lead full strength Lions

Cobus Grobbelaar makes a welcome return as captain in the Lions’ Currie Cup game against the Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday.

He replaces Derick Minnie, while all the Lions’ other big guns are back for the match they simply have to win if they want to keep their play-off hopes alive.

The Lions rested some of their top players last weekend for the match against the Leopards.

For this weekend’s match Herkie Kruger is back at flyhalf, Todd Clever makes way on the flank for the return of Franco van der Merwe who moves over from lock, Willem Stolz is back to partner Nico Luus at lock, while props Wayne Swart and Kevin Buys are replaced by JC Jane van Rensburg and Gert Muller.

Saturday’s game was moved from GWK Park to Hoerskool Diamantveld owing to a conflict with a soccer match, and will be played after the popular Llantic 7s tournament – which will be held at the school on Friday and Saturday morning, making it a festive occasion with the provincial juniors also doing battle on Saturday afternoon.

Grobbelaar said it makes little difference where they play the game as they need to keep their focus on getting the job done. “We are still aiming at reaching the semifinals”, Grobbelaar said, “but we need to get over a few hurdles and play the way we want and need to play.

The scoreboard will then take care of itself. “From the start of the season we have had new structures and new faces, and we have been building nicely since. We are starting to gain momentum and continuity, which is vital in any team.”

Lions Team:

Earl Rose, Dusty Noble, Alwyn Hollenbach, Doppies La Grange, Johan Jackson, Herkie Kruger, Jano Vermaak, Willem Alberts, Franco Van der Merwe, Cobus Grobbelaar, Willem Stoltz, Nico Luus, Gert Muller, Hans Van Dyk, JC Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: Derek Harwood, Kevin Buys, Wouter Moore, Derick Minnie, Chris Jonck, Walter Venter, Pieter Engelbrecht.

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