Leopards turn to Lions discard Mockford

Lions discard Bradley Mockford will start for the Leopards when they met the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday night in a side that shows six more changes with a number of stalwarts injured.


Number eight RW Kember, flanker Thabo Mamojele and lock Ligtoring Landman had to be replaced while coach Chaka Willemse changed the left wing, flyhalf and hooker.

 

Mockford replaces the injured Landman, who twisted an ankle and Riaan Swanepoel stands in for Kember while Bennie Adams comes in for Mamojele.

 

The fourth change in the pack is in the middle of the scrum where Pellow van der Westhuizen ousts Gavin Williamson in a continuing game of musical chairs.

 

Cecil Dumont is back at flyhalf for Clayton Durand after a stint with the Pukke and Bom Samaai replaces Jan van Zyl.

 

Willemse hasn’t named a full bench, but captain Wilhelm Koch and star scrumhalf Michael Bondesio are back in the fold after being rested against the Sharks.

 

Williamson, Nardus Lombard and the versatile Neil Jacobs are also certain to be on the bench.

Mockford made his debut from the bench against the Sharks and is on loan from the Lions, who used him for 40 minutes against the British Lions before discarding him.


He represented Pirates at the Club Champs before joining the Leopards.


Leopards Team


Danie Dames; Jovan Bowles, Deon van Rensburg, Berndt Theissinger, Bom Samaai; Cecil Dumont, Jean Tiedt; Riaan Swanepoel, Bennie Adams, André Swanepoel ©, Draad Linde, Bradley Mockford, Os van der Walt, Pellow van der Westhuizen, Divan Kotze.

 

Reserves : TBA

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