Lions pick best team for warm-up

January 19, 2009

Lions pick best team for warm-up

Sapa Published:Jan 19, 2009

Lions coach Loffie Eloff has divided his two sides for Saturday evening�s two warm-up matches against the Bulls at Wits into what seems to be his preferred number one side and a second XV with all the big name recruits named in the obviously stronger White side.

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The Bulls have indicated they will give some or their top players a rest, although some may get a run late in the match. Like Eloff they will use the warm-ups for experimentation.

Former Springbok wings Henno Mentz and Ashwin Willemse and former Bok lock Jannes Labuschagne, are three new faces that were absent in last year�s Lions Super 14 line-up – and as a reserve for Earl Rose is World Cup flyhalf Andre Pretorius, who makes his return after a year of injury problems.

US Eagles captain Todd Clever is bracketed on the flank with Franco van der Merwe while former Cheetahs centre Barry Goodes is named at inside centre as a reserve for Doppies la Grange.

The teams are:

White team: Louis Ludik; Ashwin Willemse, Jaque Fourie, Doppies la Grange, Henno Mentz; Earl Rose, Jano Vermaak; Willem Alberts, Franco van der Merwe, Cobus Grobbelaar (capt.), Anton van Zyl, Jannes Labuschagne, Gert Muller, Willie Wepener, Heinke van der Merwe.

Replacements: Hans van Dyk, Lawrence Sephaka, Todd Clever, Barry Goodes. Andries Pretorius.

Red team:

Shandre Frolick; Jannie Boshoff, Deon van Rensburg Walter Venter, Dusty Noble; Louis Strydom, Chris Jonck (capt); Robert Kruger, Justin Wheeler, Derick Minni, Antonie Gronum, Rynard Landman, Ross Geldenhuys, Ethienne Reyneck, JS Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: Gert-Andries van der Merwe. Derek Harwood, Martin Bezuidenhout, Johan van Deventer,Thulip Marol, Luaan Steenkamp, Jody Rose, Divan Kotze, Lehan Koekemoer, Alistair Siegelaar

The two teams play the Bulls at Wits on Saturday at 6pm and 8pm.

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