Ellis Park not ready for Lions

The Lions have been forced to move their two Super Rugby warm-up matches against the Leopards on Friday to Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park.

There is a late issue with the pitch of Ellis Park, but it is expected that the problem will be resolved in time for the start of Super Rugby.

The games will see two strong Lions sides take to the field, with a rolling substitution system in place for both matches, giving coaches the opportunity to test and assess various combinations.

The first game will kick off at 4:30pm, while the second match will get underway from 7pm.

Lions (match 1) – 15 Kobus de Kock, 14 Ruhan Nel, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Adriaan Engelbrecht, 11 Juan Swanepoel, 10 Brendon Hewitt, 9. Ricky Schroeder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Thabo Mamojele  6 Thabo Mabuza, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Lourence Erasmus, 3 Nico van Zyl, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tyson Mulamba.
Subs: 16 Mark Pretorius, 17 David Kounga, 18 Ruan Venter, 19 MB Lusaseni, 20 Stephan de Wit, 21 Stephan Vermuelen, 22 Jano Venter, 23 Guy Cronjé, 24 Ruan van Rensburg, 25 Carlisle Nel, 26 Robert de Bruyn, 27 Caswell Khoza, 28 Hanco Deale.

Lions (match 2) – 15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 Vainon Willis, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie (c), 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Rudi Mathee, 3 Corné Fourie, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe
Subs: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Bees Roux, 19 Martin Muller, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Lambert Groenewald, 22 Ross Cronjé, 23 Jaco van der Walt, 24 Lionel Mapoe, 25 Deon van Rensburg, 26 Deon Helberg, 27 Alwyn Hollenbach, 28 Chrysander Botha.