Heinke ruling upheld

Heinke van der Merwe’s appeal on a one-week ban was unsuccessful, but Andre Pretorius has been cleared to face the Bulls on Saturday.

Van der Merwe was found guilty of a dangerous tackle in a hearing on Tuesday as he was deemed to have lifted Frans Steyn beyond the horizontal and made no attempt to lower him safely back to ground.

Lions management told keo.co.za that the one-match ban was confirmed after an appeal hearing late on Thursday night.

Lawrence Sephaka will start at loosehead with Gert Muller retaining his place at No 3, while JC Janse van Rensburg will provide cover on the bench.

In better news, Pretorius has been cleared after suffering from a hamstring niggle earlier in the week. He will retain his place on the bench for the match at Ellis Park.

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, Gert Muller, Willie Wepener, Lawrence Sephaka.
Subs: Hans van Dyk, JC Janse van Rensburg, Franco van der Merwe, Todd Clever, Chris Jonck, Andre Pretorius, Jannie Boshoff.