• Six debutants in Lions XV

    Half a dozen players will make their Super Rugby debuts when the Lions take on the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

    Chrysander Botha, Marnitz Boshoff, Franco Mostert, Julian Redelinghuys, Robbie Coetzee and Schalk van der Merwe will all earn their first caps alongside the experienced Lionel Mapoe, Derick Minnie and No 8 Warren Whiteley, who will captain the side.

    Lions – 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Ruan Combrinck, 10 Marnitz Boshoff,  9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Derick Minnie, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
    Subs: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Warwick Tecklenburg, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Coenie van Wyk, 23 Alwyn Hollenbach.

    Cheetahs team to play Lions

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