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The third match in Super Rugby Round 16 on Friday is in Johannesburg where current leaders the Lions host the Southern Kings at Ellis Park.

This top vs second from bottom match will be the second time that the teams have met this season and the first time that they will have met at the venue in Super Rugby.

When the teams met earlier this season in Port Elizabeth the Lions won the match 10-45 so as the Lions have home advantage at altitude the Kings will have their hands full this week.

That match earlier this season was the only time that the teams have met in Super Rugby. They did play each other in a relegation/promotion play off in 2013 but that was not part of Super Rugby.

Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has retained the team that beat the Sharks last week. They play the Jaguares next week in Buenos Aires so it appears that they are targeting this match for a bonus point victory.

In contrast the Kings have made six changes and will be without regular captain Steven Sykes. There are also three players who will make their debut in the squad.

Four changes in the forwards see Sti Sithole rotating with Schalk Ferreira at loosehead prop, while Jacobie Adriaanse returns at tighthead after missing out last week’s game against the Highlanders due to a late calf strain and Schalk Oelosfe comes in at left lock in place of Sykes.

Making his debut for the Southern Kings and earning his first start in the Super Rugby competition is Andile Ntsila, who joined the Southern Kings on loan from the SWD Eagles yesterday.

Davids said Ntsila would have a significant role to play as a fetcher for the team, but he was confident in his abilities.

Davids has also opted to start with James Hall at scrumhalf, who returns from playing for the SA U20s in the junior world championships in Manchester, England. At Flyhalf, Elgar Watts moves onto the bench, with Louis Fouche starting.

Also making their Super Rugby debuts are Sintu Manjezi and Jeremy Ward, who will be on the bench for Friday’s game, having been called up from the EP Currie Cup squad.

The Bookies have given the Kings a 35 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. With a host of changes, a new captain and three players making their debut the Kings will find it hard to finish within the 35 point margin that the Lions beat them bye in April. The Lions beat the Sharks by 27 points last week so they should beat the Kings by at least 40 this week.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 3.

Average score: Lions 45 Southern Kings 10

Last result
23 Apr 2016 Lions v Kings 45-10 Port Elizabeth

Lions record against the Southern Kings
Played 1 , Wins 1, Losses 0 , Draws 0

Match No.120 :Lions v Kings
Date : Friday 8 July 2016
Venue : Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg
Kick Off local: 19:00 local
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2:Ben Crouse
TMO : Johann Greeff

Teams

Lions

Dylan Smith , Malcolm Marx , Julian Redelinghuys , Andries Ferreira , Franco Mostert , Jaco Kriel (c) , Warwick Tecklenburg, Ruan Ackermann , Faf de Klerk , Elton Jantjies , Courtnall Skosan , Rohan Janse Van Rensburg , Lionel Mapoe , Ruan Combrinck , Andries Coetzee

Replacements : Armand Van Der Merwe , Corne Fourie , Jacques van Rooyen , Lourens Erasmus, Cyle Brink, Ross Cronje , Howard Mnisi , Sylvian Mahuza.

Southern Kings

15: Malcolm Jaer , 14: Lukhanyo Am , 13: Stefan Watermeyer , 12: Shane Gates (VC) , 11: Wandile Mjekevu , 10: Louis Fouche , 9: James Hall , 8: Aidon Davis , 7: Stefan Willemse , 6: Andisa Ntsila (Debut) , 5: JC Astle , 4: Schalk Oelofse , 3: Jacobie Adriaanse , 2: Edgar Marutlulle (C) , 1: Sti Sithole

Replacements : 16: Martin Bezuidenhout , 17: Schalk Ferreira , 18: Tom Botha , 19: Sintu Manjezi (Debut) , 20: Jacques Engelbrecht , 21: Ntando Kebe , 22: Dewald Human , 23: Jeremy Ward (Debut)

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