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Whiteley leads young Lions pride

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 13 Feb 2014 at 11:44
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Former Glenwood boy Warren Whiteley will lead the Lions back into Super Rugby against the Cheetahs on Saturday. Johan Ackermann has gambled on a side featuring six newcomers at this level.

Marnitz bBoshoff makes a long-awaited debut in the competition, picked at flyhalf alongside the somewhat more experienced Michael Bondesio. Pumas center Stefan Watermeyer gets the nod at 12 ahead of veteran Alwyn Hollenbach, who will feature off the bench. Watermeyer has a solitary Super Rugby cap from his Bulls days, while fullback Chrysander Botha joins Boshoff in making his first appearance.

It’s up front, though, where the lack of experience is most telling. Whiteley is joined by veteran flankers Derick Minnie and Jaco Kriel, but Franco van der Merwe is the only previously-capped member of a rather green tight five. Another former Sharks man, Julian Redelinghuys, will make his competition debut at tighthead, alongside fellow rookies in Robbie Coetzee and Schalk van der Merwe. Franco Mostert, picked alongside van der Merwe in the number 4 jersey, is also untried at this level.

Three more uncapped players wait on the bench for their first taste of Super Rugby: prop Jacques van Rooyen, scrumhalf Faf de Klerk and Pumas utility back Coenie van Wyk.

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, 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.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Warwick Tecklenburg, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Coenie van Wyk, 23 Alwyn Hollenbach.


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