Lions u/20 Looking To Restore Some Pride Against Toyota Free State u/20


The Lions u/20 will be looking to restore some pride against the Toyota Free State u/20 today at the CUT Rugby Stadium @ 13h00.

The Lions' u/20 season fell apart during the last three weeks of the season when injuries caused them to go from unbeaten to fourth on the log, nine points behind log leaders, the Vodacom Bulls u/20. The Toyota Free State u/20 will want to forget the season as soon as possible as they only won only one match during the season.

Expect the Lions' u/20s to dominate up front to supply their dangerous backline with quality attacking ball and run the hosts ragged.

Toyota Free State u/20 head coach Henley du Plessis named his team for the encounter and made wholesale changes to the starting line-up. At the back, it was only Juan Smith (10) and Juan Dee Olivier (9) that survived the axe.

Up front Stefan Nortje was the only loosie that survived while hooker Renaldo Ismael tighthead Laurence Victor was also the only remaining players from the tight five.

The coaches of the Lions' u/20s made several changes to their starting line-up.

Three changes were made at the back. J Jonas replaces K Smith at the outside centre. Jonas moves to the wing for this match. S Francis(10) and Bronwyn Bosch (9) are the new halfback pairing.

Upfront they welcome back Tian Wessels at the side of the scrum replacing H Gouws who moves to lock. Stian de Bruyn is the last change upfront and replaces John Kelly Okonkwo at tighthead.


Toyota Free State u/20: 15. Micheal Annies, 14. Adielson Gouveia, 13. Jacquin Jacobus, 12. Emile Kotze, 11. Liam de Wet, 10. Juan Smith, 9. Juan Dee Olivier, 8. Gerrie le Roux, 7. Logan Fortuin, 6. Stefan Nortje, 5. Ulrich Bekker, 4. Henri van Heerden, 3. Laurence Victor, 2. Renaldo Ismael, 1. Jan-Hendrik Bessinger. Replacements: 16. Duan Ludik, 17. Aviwe Mpepo, 18. Duncan Edwards, 19. Barend Steyn, 20. Hanro Potgieter, 21. Dian van der Watt, 22. Murray Ferreira, 23. Leyton Valentyn.

Lions u/20: 15. Kelly Mpeku 14. S Dlamini 13. J Jonas, 12. Bronson Mills 11. K Smith 10. S Francis 9. Brenwyn Bosch 8. Sisonke Vumazonke 7. Tian Wessels, 6. Joshua van Vreden ( c), 5. H Gouws, 4. Justin Kalamer, 3. Stian de Bruyn 2. Ricardo Fourie 1. Heiko Pohlmann. Replacements: 16. M Grobbelaar, 17. N Holiday 18. RF Schoeman, 19. D Botha 20. N Lianis, 21. T van Wyk, 22. S Benge, 23. L Sithole, 24. S Nanto.