Lions and Cheetahs forced in changes for Currie Cup

Xerox Lions coach Eugene Eloff did in fact take the bold step of including former Springbok lock Jannes Labuschagne on the bench for Saturday’s vital Currie Cup match against the Sharks in Johannesburg.


Eloff also had no option but to pick World Cup centre Jaque Fourie to start at centre because of the injury to fellow-Bok Jaco Pretorius.


Meanwhile Free State Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske was given a backhander when three of his Springboks, captain Juan Smith, flyhalf Chris Rossouw and Hendro Scholtz could not be considered for the match-22 against the Valke in Brakpan on Friday night.


Jacques-Louis Potgieter is back at flyhalf in a match the Cheetahs have to win with a bonus point and a huge margin because of their shaky points differential, while Kabamba Floors replaces Smith on the flank. Scholtz’s place on the bench goes to Schalk van der Merwe.


Lions:


Louis Ludik, Michale Killian, Jaque Fourie, Doppies le Grange, Trompie Nontshinga, Earl rose, Jano Vermaak, Ernst Joubert, Derick Minnie, Cobus Grobbelaar (capt.), Franco van der Merwe, Anton van Zyl, Ross Geldenhuys, Willie Wepener, Heinke van der Merwe.


Replacements: Ethienne Reynecke, Lawrence Sephaka, Jannes Labuschagne, Justin Wheeler, Chris Jonck, Louis Strydom, Rayno Benjamin.


Free State Cheetahs:


Bevin Fortuin; JW Jonker, Robert Ebersohn, Meyer Bosman, Jongi Nokwe; Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Tewis de Bruyn; Duanne Vermeulen, Kabamba Floors, Heinrich Brussow, Barend Pieterse (capt.), David de Villiers, Kobus Calldo, Adriaan Strauss, Wian du Preez.


Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Shrek Oosthuizen, Nico Breedt, Schalk van der Merwe, Jandré Blom, Hennie Daniller, Eddie Fredericks.


Sapa – CurrieCupRugby.com

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