Lions forced to change two

Injuries have forced interim Lions coach Johan Ackermann to select two new starting props for the match against the Stormers on Saturday.

JC van Rensburg replaces CJ van der Linde at loosehead while Jacobie Adriaanse comes in for Pat Cilliers at tighthead. Van der Linde will face a late fitness test, but will only play from the bench if he is cleared of injury.

Other than the injury-enforced changes, Ackermann has retained the side that started against the Lions in the week before the break. The Lions won 38-28 in that match against the Sharks.

Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Butch James, 11 Anthonie Volminck, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Joshua Strauss (c), 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Subs: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 CJ van der Linde/Ruaan Dreyer, 18 Ruan Botha, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Michael Bondesio, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Ruan Combrinck