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Catrakilis boost for WP -Flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis will make his comeback from injury in WP’s away match against the Lions this weekend.
Catrakilis’ recovery comes at a perfect time as Lionel Cronje has fallen out of the match 22 because of injury. Fullback Conrad Jantjes also slots in the starting line-up after youngster Heinrich Steyl broke his leg against the Sharks last weekend.
Amongst the forwards, Nizaaam Carr drops the bench with Nick Koster reinstated at No 8.
WP - 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage/Nic Groom, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nick Fenton-Wells, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg (c), 1 JC Kritzinger
Subs: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18. Hilton Lobberts, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Pieter Louw, 21 Nic Groom/Louis Schreuder, 22 Johann Sadie.
Baywatch blow for Lions – Cobus Grobbelaar will miss the Lions’ clash with WP on Saturday.
The flanker suffered a rib injury which sees Warran Whiteley feature in a rotated loose trio.
Lions - 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies la Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss (c), 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Subs: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Burton Francis, 21 Dylan des Fountain, 22 James Kamana.
Duo back for Bulls – Winger Akona Ndungane and flanker Deon Stegmann have returned for the Bulls’ next game against Griquas this weekend.
Ndungane has been sidelined for the past two weeks with a rib injury while Stegmann comes off a long layoff after fracturing his cheekbone. Both players find themselves in the starting line-up.
Ndungane’s inclusion sees Gerhard van den Heever revert to fullback.
Bulls - 15 Gerhard van Heever, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha (c), 1 Dean Greyling.
Subs: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Warwick Tecklenburg.
Cheetahs change three – Naka Drotske has made three changes to his starting line-up for the upcoming clash against the Pumas this weekend.
With flyhalf Johan Goosen and prop Coenie Oosthuizen injured, Sias Ebersohn and WP Nel fill in their spots respectively. There’s one more change in the backline which sees Philip Snyman rotate with Andries Strauss at inside centre.
Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Riaan Smit, 22 Andries Strauss.