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Jantjies, Ferreira doubtful for Lions

Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann. Picture: Lee Warren / Gallo Images.

Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann. Picture: Lee Warren / Gallo Images.

The Lions announced their team on Tuesday for their important Super Rugby clash against the Crusaders at Ellis Park on Friday night.

Coach Johan Ackermann has mainly opted for continuity to the team who beat the Cheetahs 39-22 at their Ellis Park fortress before enjoying their first bye last weekend.

Flank Jaco Kriel has recovered enough from his concussion to be included after leaving the field in the seventh minute to be replaced by Cyle Brink who enjoyed a stellar performance in his debut at this level and has duly been rewarded by being named on the bench.

There are however doubt over two players namely flyhalf Elton Jantjies and lock Andries Ferreira who have been bracketed respectively with Marnitz Boshoff and Lourens Erasmus.

Boshoff announced recently that he has signed with Irish club Connacht and will join them after the completion of the Super Rugby competition and even though he apparently requested an earlier release to make himself available for another Super Rugby franchise, his request has been denied and he will be available to the Lions for at least the duration of the current Super Rugby competition.

Jantjies fractured his wrist against the Cheetahs and while an operation was not deemed necessary at this stage he is under treatment and rehabilitation and a decision on him will only be taken later in the week.

Ferreira picked up a big knock against the Cheetahs and is also considered doubtful with a final call on him also taken only later in the week.

Apart from that Ackermann made just one change with flank Warwick Tecklenburg returning as blindside flank in the place of Ruan Ackermann who moves down to the bench, but who was impressive in his starting debut against the Cheetahs, scoring the fourth of the Lions five tries in the process.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck,13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies/Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley ©, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira/Lourens Erasmus, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.

Bench:16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg






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