New-look Lions forward pack for Jaguares clash
The Lions will have a new-look forward pack when they face the Jaguares in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
In the front row, Dylan Smith and Malcolm Marx both drop down to the bench with Jacques van Rooyen and Robbie Coetzee taking their places in the starting side. Ruan Dreyer takes over at tighthead in place of Jacobus Adriaanse.
Marvin Orie shifts to the No. 4 jersey and he will be partnered by Franco Mostert in the second row.
There is also a new-look back row. Albertus Smith shifts to No. 8 and Robert Kruger and Cyle Brink are the two flankers in the starting side.
Marco Jansen van Vuren gets a start at scrumhalf in place of the injured Ross Cronje and Rohan Janse van Rensburg moves back to the midfield in Harold Vorster’s place.
Sylvian Mahuza returns to the right wing after a week off.
For the Jaguares, Mario Ledesma has made two changes to his starting side that were defeated by the Reds last weekend.
Felipe Arregui will start the game on the bench and Santiago García Botta will be wearing No. 1 jersey in the front row.
In the backline, Bautista Ezcurra comes into the midfield to replace Santiago González Iglesias.
Meanwhile, Juan Martín Hernández will not be available for the game and his place on the bench will be occupied by Jerónimo de la Fuente.
15. Joaquin Tuculet, 14. Bautista Delguy, 13. Matias Orlando, 12. Bautista Ezcurra, 11. Emiliano Boffelli, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 9. Gonzalo Bertranou, 8. Javier Ortega Desio, 7. Marcos Kremer, 6. Pablo Matera (C), 5. Tomas Lavanini, 4. Matias Alemanno, 3. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2. Agustin Creevy, 1. Santiago Garcia Botta.
Replacements: 16. Julian Montoya, 17. Felipe Arregui, 18. Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19. Guido Petti, 20. Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21. Martin Landajo, 22. Jeronimo de la Fuente, 23. Ramiro Moyano.
15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Sylvian Mahuza, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11. Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Marco Jansen van Vuren, 8. Albertus Smith, 7. Robert Kruger, 6. Cyle Brink, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Marvin Orie, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Dylan Smith, 18. Johannes Jonker, 19. Lourens Erasmus, 20. Len Massyn, 21. Dillon Smit, 22. Howard Mnisi, 23. Shaun Reynolds.
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In Ireland their best team rested their best players for the club semi final. Nobody moaned because they can see the bigger picture. We rest players for a couple of regular season games and the sky's falling down. We need to get real. Playing too many weeks in a row is what leads to injuries for the Super finals and the World Cup. If a kiwi team isn't good enough to make the top 8 they need to look in the mirror, not look for excuses.Go to comments
There's nothing to stop 19, 20, 21 year old players trying to get a one or two year break going to Australia. They aren't likely to make the All Blacks so soon anyway if they can't get a kiwi Super Rugby contract. What we don't want is our better players in a low performance environment like an Aussie Super Rugby team. There's a reason why Aussies improve after they leave the country.Go to comments