Emirates Lions Will Aim For Their Sixth Successive Win Over The Waratahs

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Emirates Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen made four changes to the team to face the Waratahs at the Bankwest Stadium, for their round-five Vodacom Super Rugby match, where kick-off is scheduled for 10h15 on Friday morning (SA time)

Two changes were made upfront and two at the back to the starting line-up. A re-jigged front row will face the Waratahs. Carlu Sadie (tighthead prop) and Jan-Henning Campher (hooker) will start, with Jannie du Plessis dropping out of the match-23 and Pieter Jansen moving to the bench. Frans van Wyk is the new replacement prop.

Jamba Ulenga, who joined the Emirates Lions in the off-season, earns his first start for his new franchise on the left-wing in place of Courtnall Skosan, while Andre Warner, who moved south across the Jukskei River from the Vodacom Bulls, will run out at scrumhalf.

As a result, Morne van den Berg will start on the bench, while Skosan – who like Du Plessis is being rotated, will not feature against the Waratahs at all.

Waratahs Head Coach Rob Penney has made two changes to the starting XV with Lachlan Swinton replacing Jed Holloway in the back row and Mark Nawaqanitawase returning to the wing.

James Ramm joins the bench in place of Cameron Clark courtesy of some standout performances for the Emerging Waratahs in recent weeks.

Jake Gordon will earn his 50th cap for his home state, while Kurtley Beale will become the most capped player in this fixture (11).

Emirates Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen said that “The Waratahs have lost their first three games, which will make them extremely desperate, so we are expecting a physical onslaught. They have some quality Test players and will be up for the game – we can’t be complacent because we know what is coming our way.”

The teams: 
Waratahs: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 13 Alex Newsome, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Jack Maddocks, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons (captain), 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Angus Bell. Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Mitch Short, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 James Ramm.
Emirates Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Tyrone Green, 13 Manuel Rass, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Jamba Ulenga, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Dylan Smith. Replacements: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 21 Hacjivah Dayimani, 22 Morne van den Berg, 23 Wandisile Simelane.