Wikus van Heerden is one of four changes to the Lions team for the crunch Absa Currie Cup match against Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday.
Van Heerden makes a welcome return to the starting line-up after a weeks rest and resumes the captaincy responsibilities. Ernst Joubert can be satisfied that his only game in charge, taking the team to its only win of the campaign so far.
Louis Ludik, the youngster who impressed last week in the No 15 jersey with a brace of tries will be key to the Lions strategy of attacking wide. “The amazing thing is Louis is not even halfway to where he can be. he came straight from the U19 team and despite not making SA Schools has adapted very quickly to this level.”
Other changes include Jaco van Schalkwyk for the injured Mark Harris at left wing, while Earl Rose comes back in at No 10 for his injured brother, Jody.
Van Heerden’s return sees Cobus Grobbelaar drop to the bench, while Cobus Grobler will partner Willem Stoltz in the second row, replacing Gerhard Mostert.
“Wikus has had his rest and he is raring to go. We want to continue our winning ways, but Griquas in Kimberley is never easy as the Sharks found out last week.”
On the bench, Andre Pretorius and Grant Esterhuizen are included after recovering from injuries.
Lions team to play Griquas:
15 Louis Ludik, 14 Wylie Human, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Wayne Julies, 11 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Jano Vermaak; 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Wikus van Heerden (captain), 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Cobus Grobler, 3 Bertus Smit, 2 Etthienne Reyneke, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Andre van Niekerk, 17 Gert Muller, 18 Cobus Grobbelaar, 19 Bernard Roland, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Andre Pretorius, 22 Grant Esterhuizen.
By Andrew Hollely