Butch beefs up Lions backline

Butch James is one of three changes to the Lions starting line-up for Saturday’s derby against the Sharks.

James comes in at inside centre to replace Alwyn Hollenbach, who is moved to the bench. Starting James in this physical clash will undoubtedly boost the Lions at the point of contact, and give them more options on attack.

Injuries to JC Janse van Rensburg and CJ van der Linde have forced John Mitchell to start Jacobie Adriaanse at tighthead and move Patric Cilliers to the other side of the scrum. Marius Coetzer is preferred ahead of Stephan Greef at No 4.

Lions – 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies La Grange, 12 Butch James, 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 Marius Coetzer, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Patric Cilliers.
Subs: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Stephan Greef, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Alwyn Hollenbach, 22 James Kamana.