Ackermann shuffles Lions for Highlanders

Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named a Super Rugby teams with several changes for this weekend’s match against the Highlanders at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Lions five match winning streak came to an end last week against the Bulls so Ackermann has made changes to the starting front row.

Schalk van der Merwe will start at loosehead and Robbie Coetzee, having made a full recovery this week, has been included at hooker.

In the backline, Ross Cronje will start at scrumhalf and will link up with Marnitz Boshoff who shifts to flyhalf for this game.

Courtnall Skosan returns at left wing and Andries Coetzee shifts back to fullback while Alwyn Hollenbach has also earned a starting position at inside centre.

Lions

15. Andries Coetzee , 14. Ruan Combrinck , 13. Harold Vorster , 12. Alwyn Hollenbach , 11. Courtnall Skosan , 10. Marnitz Boshoff , 9. Ross Cronje , 8. Warren Whiteley (c) , 7. Warwick Tecklenburg , 6. Jaco Kriel , 5. Franco Mostert , 4. Andries Ferreira , 3. Julian Redelinghuys , 2. Robbie Coetzee , 1. Schalk van der Merwe

Replacements : 16. Armand van der Merwe , 17. Jacques van Rooyen , 18. Ruan Dreyer , 19. Robert Kruger , 20. Ruaan Lerm , 21. Faf de Klerk , 22. Elton Jantjies , 23. Howard Mnisi

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