• Minnie returns for the Lions

    Flank Derick Minnie has recovered from injury and will start for the Lions against the Sharks at Ellis Park.

    It was the only change Lions head coach Johan Ackermann made to his starting XV that lost 28-7 against the Crusaders last week, with Jaco Kriel dropping to the bench to accommodate Minnie.

    In further movement on the bench, fullback Alwyn Hollenbach comes in as cover for JW Jonker, while hooker Robbie Coetzee makes a welcome return from injury with Malcolm Marx falling out of the squad altogether.

    Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Willie Britz, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
    Subs: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 MB Lusaseni, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Ross Cronjé, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Alwyn Hollenbach.

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