Marx, Redelinghuys bolster Lions

Johan Ackermann has made five changes and one positional switch to the Golden Lions starting XV for Saturday's Currie Cup semi-final against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

In an all-new front row, Bok duo Julian Redelinghuys and Malcolm Marx, along with Jacques van Rooyen, replace Ruan Dreyer, Robbie Coetzee and the injured Dylan Smith respectively.

Fabian Booysen starts at No 8, while Cyle Brink slots in at openside flank, with Ruan Ackermann moving to lock to replace JP du Preez, who drops out of the match 23 altogether.

Springbok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk takes Dillon Smit's spot on the bench.

Golden Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Koch Marx, 13 Jaques Nel, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Bobby de Wee, 4 Ruan Ackermann, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Subs: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Ruaan Lerm, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Stokkies Hanekom, 23 Sylvian Muhaza.

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