Lions bank on Botha

Ruan Botha has replaced the injured lock Franco van der Merwe for the Lions’ final game against the Bulls.

Van der Merwe has been ruled out, robbing the Lions of a leader and lineout manager in the pack. The Lions are already without a number of first choice players in their tight five with the likes of CJ van der Linde and Bandise Maku on the injured list.

Coach Johan Ackermann has otherwise opted to keep the same starting XV that fronted the Rebels last week.

Lions – 15 James Kamana, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Butch James, 11 Anthonie Volminck, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (c), 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Subs: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Etienne Oosthuizen, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 JR Esterhuizen, 22 Ruan Combrinck.