Elton Jantjies and Patric Cilliers have been withdrawn from the Lions’ match against the Sharks on Saturday.
The Lions flyhalf has a foot injury while Cilliers is battling a stomach bug. It was confirmed on Friday that neither player would be fit to play at Kings Park on Saturday.
Caylib Oosthuizen and Alwyn Hollenbach have been moved into the starting line up with Ruan Dreyer and Andries Coetzee brought onto the bench. The absence of Jantjies means Butch James will start at No 10.
Lions – 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies La Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Butch James, 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 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Subs: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Stephan Greef, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Andries Coetzee, 22 James Kamana.