Lions u/20 Should Travel Bag From Cape Town With 5 Log Points


DHL Western Province u/20 will take on Lions u/20 in their SA Rugby U20 encounter at Hamilton RFC on Saturday.

The Lions u/20s will travel to Cape Town as one of four unbeaten teams in the 2023 SA Rugby u/20 Cup competition while the DHL Western Province u/20s is still looking for the first win this season.

The Lions u/20s plays a brilliant 15-man brand of rugby and if the DHL Western Province u/20 can not match them up front it will quickly become a nightmare for the home team.

The match was initially planned to be played as a curtain-raiser to the Vodacom United Rugby Championship match between the DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks, but to manage and protect the DHL Stadium pitch given the expected rain on Sunday a call was made to move the SA Rugby U20 match to Hamilton RFC.

The match will still kick-off at 11h45 on Saturday, with the only change being the venue, which is adjacent to DHL Stadium. Your match ticket or season ticket will give you entry to Hamilton RFC to watch the game.

DHL Western Province u/20s made two changes and a positional switch to the starting line-up that lost 26-45 to the Vodacom Blue Bulls u/20s a week ago in Pretoria. 

No.8 Corbin Benjamin returns from injury to take his place on the back of the scrum, while in the backline flyhalf Alex Vermeulen makes his first appearance of the season, with Ulrich Wahl shifting to fullback.

DHL Western Province U20 Head Coach Norman Jordaan said that he is grateful to have such continuity in selection going into an important match.

“We have minimal changes to the starting team this week and that will give the combinations a chance to settle.

“Hopefully we will see some more fluency from the team against what is always a strong team from Johannesburg,” he said.

The Lion u/20 coaching staff made only one change to the starting line-up to the team that will travel to Cape Town to face DHL Western Province u/20 on Saturday at 11h45. 

The only change is in the front row where Stian de Bruyn is promoted from the bench replacing RF Schoeman who will come off the bench.


DHL Western Province U20: 15 Ulrich Wahl, 14 Jared Africa, 13 Bruce Sherwood, 12 Damian Marcus, 11 Thaaqib Ryland, 10 Alex Vermeulen, 9 Imad Khan, 8 Corbin Benjamin, 7 Jamie Ricketts, 6 Paul de Villiers (captain), 5 Adam de Waal, 4 Michael Mutombo, 3 Zachary Porthen, 2 Luca Bakkes, 1 Christopher Pittaway. Replacements: 16 Tian Vorster, 17 Matthew Beckett, 18 Mhleli Khuzwayo, 19 Hennie Sieberhagen, 20 Carlos da Costa, 21 Eely Peters, 22 FC Fourie, 23 Joshua Africa.

Lions u/20: 15. Janeil Losper, 14. Asemahle Nongogo, 13. Kelly Mpeku, 12. Bronson Mills, 11. Keagan Smith, 10. Sam Francis, 9. Layton Horn, 8. Thabang Mphafi, 7. Christopher Sjoblom, 6. Sibabalwe Mahashe, 5. Daniel Botha, 4. Tiaan Wessels, 3. Stian de Bruyn, 2. Marno Grobbelaar, 1. S J Kotze (c). Replacements: 16. Riaan Swart, 17. RF Swanepoel, 18. Liam Whitehead, 19. Luan Taylor, 20. Willen de Waal, 21. Aiden Muller, 22. Thurlon Williams, 23. Shah-Jehaan De Jongh.