Preview – Lions U/21s Desperate For Win Against Vodacom Blue Bulls u/21

 

The Lions u/21s will host the Vodacom Blue Bulls u/21s today at Emirates Airline Park at 12h00. The Lions u/21s are desperate for a win in their fight to secure a place in the playoffs of the SARU u/21 Cup competition.

The Lions are currently in fourth place on the competition log, however, they have the same log points as the Sharks u/21s and have five log points more than the Toyota Cheetahs u/21s who have played one game less than the Lions u/21s and Sharks u/21s.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls are leading the log with fifteen points, one point more than DHL Western Province u/21 but have played one match less than DHL Western Province.

One would expect the Vodacom Blue Bulls u/21s to win with ease, however, they made wholesale changes to their starting line-up that thrashed the Cell C Sharks u/21s with 47-19 two weeks ago.

This could open the door for the Lions u/21s to "surprise", however, knowing the Vodacom Blue Bulls' attitude to win expect a big fight today. It will be close and physical.

The Lions u/21 coaching staff made four changes to their starting line-up to host the Vodacom Bulls u/21 on Friday at Emirates Airlines Park.

At the back, S. Francis will make his first appearance for the Lions u/21 at flyhalf replacing Brandon Mills.

Up front, Jarrod Cairns at eightman and Renzo du Plessisat (#6) joins Izan Esterhuizen to form a brilliant loosie combination. The last change up front is at loosehead where Okuhle Siyeni replaces Heiko Pohlman.

The unbeaten Vodacom Blue Bulls u/21 made wholesale changes to their line-up to travel to Johannesburg for their round 5 SARU u/21 Cup match against the Lions u/21s.

At the back, it is only Quewin Nortje at wing and Compion von Ludwig at flyhalf who played against the Cell C Sharks u/21s two weeks ago.

Up front Hardus Rothman (#8) and H Theunissen (#6) are the new faces in the loose-forward combination while H Theunissen comes in at the tighthead lock. The last change was made at tighthead where Mawande Mdanda is promoted from the bench replacing Sebastian Lombard.

Teams:

Lions u/21: 15. Setshaba Mokoena, 14. Zeilinga Strydom, 13. Ngia Selengbe, 12. Tyler Bocks (c), 11. Indiphile Tyeda, 10. S Francis, 9. Nico Steyn, 8. Jarrod Cairns, 7. Izan Esterhuizen, 6. Renzo du Plessis, 5. Connor Van Buuren, 4. Ruan Delport, 3. Kabous Bezuidenhout, 2. Jacques-lois du Toit, 1. Okuhle Siyeni. Replacements: 16. Ricardo Fourie, 17. Heiko Pohlman, 18. Sibusiso Shongwe, 19. S Ndlovu, 20. Raynard Roets, 21. Layton Horn, 22.S Benge, 23. Josh Jonas.

Vodacom Bulls u/21: 15. Sonwabo Sokoyi, 14. L Nkonki, 13. M Dukuswa, 12.Carlton Banies (Co-Captain), 11. Quewin Nortje, 10. Compion von Ludwig, 9. Neil le Roux, 8. Hardus Rothman, 7. Ghudian van Reenan, 6. Eric Basson, 5. Marco de Witt, 4. H Theunissen, 3. Mawande Mdanda, 2. Tiaan Lange, 1. Cebo Dhlamini (Co-Captain). Replacements: 16. Reuben van der Nest, 17. Corne Lavagna, 18. T Nieuwoudt, 19. R Mouton, 20. Danwich Beukes, 21. G Mdletshe, 22. R Cloete, 23. R Izaks.