Joubert returns for Lions

Ernst Joubert has been rushed straight back from injury into the Lions team to take on the Bulls on Saturday.

Joubert hasn’t played one match this year but Loffie Eloff has deemed him fit to start at Ellis Park, with Franco van der Merwe dropping to the bench.

Heinke van der Merwe’s appeal has not been heard and the Lions are holding out until a verdict is reached. If Van der Merwe starts, Lawrence Sephaka will take Gert Muller’s place at tighthead.

If the likely scenario unfolds and Van der Merwe doesn’t play, Sephaka will shift to loosehead and Muller will retain his place.

Andre Pretorius is also bracketed on the bench due to a hamstring niggle, with former Bulls flyhalf Divan Kotze set to win a place on the bench against his former team-mates.

Lions – Louis Ludik, Ashwin Willemse, Jaque Fourie, Doppies la Grange, Henno Mentz, Earl Rose, Jano Vermaak, Willem Alberts, Ernst Joubert, Cobus Grobbelaar (c), Gerhard Mostert, Anton van Zyl, Lawrence Sephaka/Gert Muller, Willie Wepener, Heinke van der Merwe/Lawrence Sephaka.
Subs: Hans van Dyk, Gert Muller/JC Janse van Rensburg, Franco van der Merwe, Todd Clever, Chris Jonck, Andre Pretorius/Divan Kotze, Jannie Boshoff.