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Emirates LionsEmirates Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named his team to take on the Melbourne Rebels in his side’s penultimate Vodacom Super Rugby tour match on Friday.

Ackermann has opted to rotate several players for the match.

In the forwards, Schalk van der Merwe, Armand van der Merwe and Ruan Dreyer will make up the front row. Robert Kruger will start at lock, while Derick Minnie has also been promoted to the starting line-up at flank.

Meanwhile, in the backline, Faf de Klerk will start at scrumhalf with Marnitz Boshoff linking up with him at flyhalf. Courtnall Skosan fills the left wing berth, shifting Sampie Mastriet to right wing.

Elton Jantjies will start at inside centre and Jaco van der Walt will start at fullback for the match.

Kick-off is at 10:40 SA Time on Friday.

 

Emirates Lions: 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Elton Jantjies, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (Captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Robert Kruger, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Schalk van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Andries Ferreira, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Harold Vorster, 23 Andries Coetzee.

 

Date: Friday 20 March
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-Off: 19.40 (10.40 SAST; 08.40 GMT)
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Will Houston.
TMO: James Leckie

32 Responses to Super Rugby: Lions – changes a plenty for Rebels clash

  • 1

    Gmpfff, interesting side!

    I like the front row!

  • 2

    @ grootblousmile:
    Strange selection indeed.

    Hope it doesnt backfire.

    Ackermann? Straws? Grasp? Make a sentence.

  • 3

    2 @ Scrumdown:
    Raymond Ackermann sips his cooldrink through a straw, grasping the can firmly in both hands.

    Something like that???

    Delighted

  • 4

    3 @ grootblousmile:
    Hmm. Not a bad attempt for someone from the ‘Panne.

    How about:

    JOHAN Ackerman has resorted to grasp(ing) at straw(s) in a possible futile attempt to resurect the Lions flagging Super Rugby 2015 campaign.

  • 5

    @ Scrumdown:
    Or it could be a stroke of genius inspiration.

  • 6

    5 @ Lion4ever:
    Absolutely could be, and I will be the first to sing his praises if it works.

    What do you think has gone wrong in the Lions’ scrum?

    The only notable absentee from last year is Franco vd Merwe.

    Do you think he could make so much difference?

  • 7

    Scrumdown wrote:

    @ grootblousmile:
    Strange selection indeed.

    Hope it doesnt backfire.

    Ackermann? Straws? Grasp? Make a sentence.

    Or perhaps make a sentence with “Titanic” “deckchairs” and “rearrange”

  • 8

    grootblousmile wrote:

    2 @ Scrumdown:
    Raymond Ackermann sips his cooldrink through a straw, grasping the can firmly in both hands.

    Raymond sal eerder die Coke aan jou verkoop by Ma Pick en Pa Pay

  • 9

    I think I must make a few sentences with Cricket, World Cup, Quarter- Final, Sri Lanka & South Africa for tomorrow morning’s 5:30 game!

    What do you guys say, do you want a Live Game Thread for that one?

  • 10

    8 @ Victoriabok:
    Oom Raymond is actually ‘n incredible ou ballie… baie respek vir die ou akkerkoppie!

    Ons het altyd die Joodjies, “Akkerkoppies” genoem toe ons in die Weermag was…

    Die Joodjies was oor die algemeen uitstekende soldate, maar daar was so paar uiterse vuilgatte en jippo-flokkers tussen die lot ook.

    Sal nooit vergeet nie, een kortgat Joodjie gedurende “Basics” het nie eers geweet hoe om te skeer nie. Sy peleton het hom een dag gegryp, hom met die brandslang natgespuit en omo oor hom uitgemoer… en hom toe met harde besems geskrop van ‘n afstand af, tot sy vel wou, wou bloei… hy was daarna nie meer ‘n vuilgat nie… hahaha

    Die ander insident was op die Lugafweereenheid gewees, toe die nuwe inname “Rowe” inkom, na ek reeds rang gekry het. Daar was 3 Jode tussen hulle gewees. Die Eenheid was ‘n taamlike tawwe Eenheid, bekend vir groot afkak – en natuurlik wou die 3 outjies nie daar wees nie, toe speel hulle maar die troefkaart dat die Eenheid nie ‘n Kosher Kombuis en Menasie gehad het nie, om sodoende her-uitgeplaas te kan word na elders.

    Anyway, ons het hulle toe maar vir ‘n paar weke Cream Crackers & Redro Fishpaste laat eet (dit was die enigste Kosher kos daar gewees), tot hulle gecrack het en maar beginne eet het wat die ander ouens geeet het en toe aangebly het op die Eenheid.

    Geen genade nie… hahaha

    … maar hulle het goeie kanondonkies geword….

  • 11

    grootblousmile wrote:

    I think I must make a few sentences with Cricket, World Cup, Quarter- Final, Sri Lanka & South Africa for tomorrow morning’s 5:30 game!

    What do you guys say, do you want a Live Game Thread for that one?

    Gaan hulle weer choke?

    Al hoe hulle gaan wen is as ons Bryce Lawrence kan “koop” om die umpire te wees

  • 12

    11 @ Victoriabok:
    9 @ grootblousmile:
    Don’t worry fellows, the Proteas are busy practicing very hard for tomorrow….and here is the proof

    Attachment:

  • 13

    @ nortie:

    “Jannie, voel jy my duim in jou foefenol?”

    “Ja Oom”

    “Kyk af, sien jy my hande om jou middel?”

    “Ja Oom”

    “SURPRISE”

  • 14

    @ grootblousmile:

    Ons het so kort Joodse outjie in ons peleton gehad, Zendt

    Hy was ouer as ons, hy’t by Wits geswot voor die tyd, ek dink ingenieurswese

    Hy was moer fiks ek onthou hy’t op een naweeekpas die Comrades gaan hardloop

  • 15

    nortie wrote:

    Don’t worry fellows, the Proteas are busy practicing very hard for tomorrow….and here is the proof

    Is this from page 10 “How to initiate new members” or page 20 “How to celebrate winning the Conference Cup” from the Stormers Supporters Manual?

  • 16

    Have put a bit up expanding on the news we brought you yesterday of BT Sport putting a lot more money into English rugby, go and have a look will be interested to hear your thoughts from a different perspective. Oh and also put what I think is a brilliant song in the comments there.

  • 17

    @ grootblousmile:

    Gepraat van Jode en siende dat ons deesdae moet smeek om die Pub oop te kry by GBS die geheelonthouer, hier is een van die mees talentvolle

  • 18

    @ nortie:
    Nee man nortie jy gebruik nou klaar al jou beste choke jokes nog voor die stormers eers by die playoffs is.

  • 19

    17 @ Victoriabok:
    Flok, is dit al WEER Dinsdag??

    Goeie hemel!

    Overjoy

  • 20

    @ Bullscot:
    How does the tv deal of premiership and top 14 conpare to the european cup?

  • 21

    @ Bullscot:
    Moneywise how lucritive is a euro conpetition compared to a local one?

  • 22

    20 @ MacroBull:
    Hi MacroBull sorry I don’t have the numbers so can’t compare. Was thinking just this afternoon how less forthcoming rugby seems to be about mentioning figures as while it may be out there somewhere if you look at the articles about the BT deal from yesterday I don’t see the actual amounts being mentioned, yet it was all over the place the amounts they put up to broadcast football in the coming seasons. Plus how often to we hear about player salaries in rugby compared to football news where all the time we are hearing about players supposed salaries and crazy transfer fees etc, by the way do we even have a system of transfer fees in rugby if we do it is not one much spoken about.

  • 23

    21 @ MacroBull:
    I would guess depends which local one we refer to and which European competition – for the PRO12 teams that have made it into the top European competition I would say Europe is far more lucrative (if not on a total package certainly on a ratio of games played) while for the PRO12 team that is in the 2nd tier (European challenge cup) am not sure if they would get more out of Europe.
    Premiership Rugby made a big song and dance about the new European competitions from this season bringing in more money that the old one. Not sure about the French Top 14 clubs though.

  • 24

    MacroBull wrote:

    @ nortie:
    Nee man nortie jy gebruik nou klaar al jou beste choke jokes nog voor die stormers eers by die playoffs is.

    Dis die Guppies wat die Proteas se oefen metodes kan gebruik as hulle dalk die play offs sal maak.
    Stormers choke mos nie, ons is mos volgens die kenners net plein te kak om die kompetisie te wen

  • 25

    @ Bullscot:
    Hi :)
    Im just curious because the figures are rarely mentioned. Just remember a year or two ago the top14 was the most expensive tournament in the world. I think that people are more inclined to follow local tournaments.

    So this premiership deal must be massive as well.

  • 26

    @ nortie:
    Dis nogals n vet choke om twee home semis in n ry te verloor teen ouens wat regoor die see gevlieg het :lol: sharks gaan darem altyd in as underdogs.

  • 28

    @ Bullscot:
    Yes i doubt the celtic league will be just as lucrative. Probably not even close.

    England and the france are the one with the guitar strings.

  • 29

    25 @ MacroBull:
    Ja that’s my thoughts as well regarding lack of knowledge of money numbers in rugby compared to with football. Do you know if transfer fees are paid in rugby when players move?
    A season long local league type set up versus the short bursts of intermittent European rugby like the set up is over here does perhaps get more support, although don’t underestimate the excitement playing the European games generates among the fans especially the luck ones that get to travel to away games in wonderful destinations.
    I guess it would depend who your opponents were as well, would think if home stadium size were no issue you would get more Glasgow fans to a pool stage European fixture against Bath than a PRO12 round game against Zebre.

    In the southern hemisphere would you say local tournaments like the Currie Cup, ITM Cup, Vodacom Cup get more support than Super Rugby? I would be surprised as Super Rugby is quite a long tournament of week in/week out rugby and a higher profile one than say your local Vodacom Cup with more of the top players in it.

  • 30

    25 @ MacroBull:
    Yip the new BT Deal will be massive (for us rugby folk but tiny compared to the football deal), must be if they are looking at expanding the league by two teams and being able to pay all the teams more than they get now.

  • 31

    @ Bullscot:
    Well, Super Rugby there is the excitement level of playing against some of the best players in the world… but local derbies is what brings the viewers and media interest… the build up to the Chiefs playing the sharks or Stormers is nothing compared to the buildup of the Sharks vs Stormers game.

    Currie Cup is still a tradition, but its just not in the same league anymore and people generally lose interest till just before the playoffs.

    I am not aware of transfer fees, if there were any then the South African Franchise would be secretly super rich.

  • 32

    @ Scrumdown:
    He was injured for much of the season. So, no, its not his absence. I think its the way refs are making the props bind a little higher, which favours the taller props. Plus on Saturday, Crockett always scrummed in a touch, not a lot, but enough turn Redelinghuys’s bum out wide, making him look like the culprit.


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