Lerm & Williams ring the changes

SWD Eagles coach Johann Lerm made two changes from the team that lost last weekend’s First Division final against the Pumas for Saturday’s promotion/relegation rugby match against the Leopards at Potchefstroom.

Lerm opted for Dougie Hellmuth at scrumhalf with Jandré Blom moving to the bench. And up front Wayne Bennett is back at hooker in the place of Junior Leota, who also starts on the bench.

Hellmuth is in the starting line-up as he seems to be the stronger of the two scrumhalves against the physical Leopards, while Bennett’s throw ins at the line-outs secured him the No 2 jersey.

Former Springbok Gaffie du Toit is not available because of a calve injury and therefore Ricardo Croy remains at flyhalf.

Lerm said his side spent a lot of time on their line-out play and tight scrums where they battled against the Pumas last.


In the other promotion/relegation match between Boland and the Pumas on Saturday at Wellington, Boland’s coach Chester Williams has recalled Justin Peach at fullback.

Peach found himself in the wilderness ever since Williams brought Hayden Groepes to the Kavaliers camp from Western Province.

But on Tuesday Williams said Groepes did not recover well enough after a slight concussion and therefore Peach gets another run.

The former Bok winger also surprised with his back row combination. Zandré Jordaan, on loan from Western Province, takes over from Junior Bester at No 8.

And in another surprise former Blue Bull captain Carel Hoffman has recovered from injury to partner Hilton Lobberts at the side of the scrum. Earlier, it was thought that Hoffman’s season was over.

The Boland team is:

Justin Peach, Wendal Wehr, PJ Vermeulen, Cornal Hendricks, Deon Scholtz, Elgar Watts, Marnus Hugo, ZandréJordaan, Hilton Lobberts, Carel Hoffman, George Earl, Rito Hlungwane (capt), Kobie Adriaanse, Harry Vermaas, Janro van Niekerk.

Replacements: Clemen Lewis, Michael de Neuilly-Rice, Angelo Brinkhuys, David Hendricks, Danie van der Merwe, Dewey Swartbooi, Danré Gerber.

The SWD team is:


Bevin Fortuin (capt), Norman Nelson, Bobbie Joubert, Joe Breytenbach, Baldwin McBean, Ricardo Croy, Dougie Hellmuth, Jody Burch, Jacques Engelbrecht, Victor Joubert, Henry Grimes, Giant Mtyanda, Tiaan de Kock, Wayne Bennett, Jaco Terblanche.

Replacements: Junior Leota, Anton van der Westhuizen, Hein Potgieter, Shawn Raubenheimer, Jandré Blom,Senithemba Zweni, Jandré du Plessis.

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