Johannesburg – Lions coach Swys de Bruin has named his team for Saturday’s Super Rugby encounter against the Melbourne Rebels at Ellis Park.
The inclusion of Marvin Orie at lock is one of four changes to the team that beat the Jaguares 37-29 last weekend.
Orie got injured against the Stormers in mid-February and makes his return for the big clash with the unbeaten Rebels. Stephan Lewies will be Orie’s lock partner.
The other changes come in the backline, where Tyrone Green starts at fullback and Ruan Combrinck starting at right wing.
On the bench hooker Jan-Henning Campher makes a first appearance for the Lions, Sti Sithole returns, as do locks Rhyno Herbst and Ruan Vermaak while Lionel Mapoe and Andries Coetzee are both expected to take the field from the bench.
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash is scheduled for 15:05.
15 Tyrone Green, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Franco Naude, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Malcolm Marx (captain), 1 Dylan Smith.
Substitutes: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Rhyno Herbst, 20 Ruan Vermaak, 21 Gianni Lombard, 22 Lionel Mapoe, 23 Andries Coetzee
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