Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
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24 Aug 2016
11:06 am

Lions get an overhaul

Rudolph Jacobs

A whopping 11 changes and one positional swap were made.

Ruan Ackermann, Lourens Erasmus and Howard Mnisi of the Lions celebrate during the Super Rugby match between Emirates Lions and Highlanders at Emirates Airline Park on July 30, 2016 in Johannesburg. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Lions coach Johan Ackermann on Wednesday wielded the axe in naming his team for their Currie Cup clash against Boland in Ellis Park on Friday night.

After suffering a surprise 30-24 loss to Griquas last weekend in Kimberley, a whopping 11 changes and one positional swap were made.

The only players in the starting lineup who have been retained are centre Howard Mnisi who takes over the captaincy from scrumhalf Ross Cronje, flank Steph de Wit, wing Anthony Volmink and Ruan Ackermann, who has been moved from No. 8 to lock.

Players who have been left out of the match-23 entirely include prop Jacques van Rooyen, wing Courtnall Skosan, flyhalf Jaco van der Walt, centre Stokkie Hanekom, hooker Akker van der Merwe and locks Lourens Erasmus and MB Lusaseni.

The only change that came through injury is at fullback, where Sylvian Mahuza is ruled out with a leg injury and is replaced by Andries Coetzee.

The game at Ellis Park on Friday night kicks off at 7.10pm.

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Selom Gavor, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Howard Mnisi (captain), 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Dillon Smit, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Victor Sekekete, 6 Steph de Wit, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Ruan Ackermann, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Corne Fourie

Substitutes: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Bobby de Wee, 19 Cyle Brink, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Koch Marx, 22 JW Bell