Late changes for Lions

Following a freak accident on Wednesday to form lock Anton van Zyl, the Lions have named Franco van der Merwe as a replacement.

Van Zyl cut his mouth at Wednesday’s training session, and the severity of the wound has led to his being sidelined for the Griquas match this Saturday at Ellis Park.

Hooker James van der Walt has also been pushed into the starting line-up ahead of Ethienne Reynecke. Loose forward Pietie Ferreira comes into the squad as a result of Van Zyl’s injury, with captain Wikus van Heerden expected to cover for the second row.

Lions: Earl Rose; Wylie Human, Jaco Pretorius, Doppies la Grange, Louis Ludik; Jaco van Schalkwyk, Nicholas Eyre; Ernst Joubert, Cobus Grobbelaar, Wikus van Heerden (c), Franco van der Merwe, Cobus Grobler, Marius Hurter, James van der Walt, Lawrence Sephaka. Replacements: Ethienne Reynecke, Heinke van der Merwe, Bertus Smit, Pietie Ferreira, Jano Vermaak, André Pretorius, Thobela Mdaka.