Strauss makes lock shift

Josh Strauss will feature in the second row when the Golden Lions tackle Griquas in Johannesburg on Friday.

An injury to Hendrik Roodt has left the Lions struggling in the second-row department. This has forced coach Johan Ackermann to move loose forward Strauss to lock for the clash at Ellis Park. Willie Britz will make his first start as he takes the vacant spot in the loose trio.

There are three other changes to the starting line-up as tighthead prop Jacobie Adriaanse, flank Cobus Grobbelaar and scrumhalf Michael Bondesio are replaced by CJ van der Linde, Jaco Kriel and Guy Cronje respectively.

Golden Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 JR Esterhuizen, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Butch James, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Guy Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Willie Britz, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Josh Strauss, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (c).
Subs: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Deon Helberg, 22 Ruan Combrinck.