Lions seek strength in numbers

Loffie Eloff will take a group of 30 to Durban for the Lions’ final warm-up before the Super 14.

The Lions coach said he was happy with recent game in Windhoek and will look to perfect the team structures when they play in the Shark Tank on Wednesday. Once again, the scoreline will be of little concern to the Johannesburg franchise.

Captain Ernst Joubert and No 8 Willem Alberts were injured in Saturday’s match-up with the Bulls, but Eloff is confident they will both be fit for the first Super 14 match against the Cheetahs. The final results of the medical tests will be in on Tuesday, but Eloff told this website the ailments are not as bad as first feared.

Lock Willem Stoltz, who has returned from Agen in France, will start this match. Stoltz’s performance in this game will depend on whether he makes the final Super 14 squad, which will be announced on Thursday.

Meanwhile, it was announced on Monday the Lions have secured a sponsorship from Auto & General for more than R30million over the next three years. There is a performance clause attached to the sponsorship, and incentive bonuses also form part of deal.

Lions: 15 Michael Killian, 14 Wigan Pekeur, 13 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 12 Thabang Molefe, 11 Heini Gordon, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Chris Jonck, 8 RW Kember, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Wilhelm Koch, 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Cobus Grobler, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Gavin Williamson, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements (from): Heinke van der Merwe, Ashton Constant, Eugene Maqwelana, Alten Hulme, Roland Bernard, Cobus Grobbelaar, Jano Vermaak, Louis Strydom, Rayno Benjamin, Walter Venter, Doppies la Grange, Jaco Pretorius, Dusty Noble, Louis Ludik.