Jano returns for Lions

Scrumhalf Jano Vermaak is one of four changes to the Lions team for Saturday’s match against Griquas.

Vermaak was banned for a week for his spear-tackle on Fabian Juries in the Cheetahs game, but resumes his role at No 9 due to the concussion to Chris Jonck. Centre Doppies la Grange will cover the scrumhalf position if Vermaak sustains an injury.

Louis Ludik wins back his place at fullback, this time due to Jaco van Schalkwyk’s suspension – also the result of a spear-tackle, but this time against the Valke. Dusty Noble returns to sit on the bench.

In the pack, Justin Wheeler gets a chance on the flank as Franco van der Merwe moves to lock due to Gerhard Mostert’s season-ending shoulder injury. Ross Geldenhuys, who was on a strength and conditioning programme before sitting on the bench for the last two games, gets an opportunity to start ahead of Lawrence Sephaka at tighthead.

Lions – 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Trompie Nontshinga, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Justin Wheeler, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (c), 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Anton van Zyl, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Lawrence Sephaka, 18 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 19 Derrick Minnie, 20 Louis Strydom, 21 Rayno Benjamin, 22 Dusty Noble.