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Lions v Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby Preview

Elton Jantjies prepares for a place kick

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Article Published: Thursday 5 July 2012|

History will be made in more ways than one when the Lions host the Rebels at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon.

It will be the very first time ever these two sides face off in Super Rugby after the Rebels, from Melbourne, joined the competition last year.

Because of the way the season is structured, the 15 teams in Super Rugby only plays 13 league fixtures, missing out on one team (never from their own Conference though).

Last year the Lions and the Rebels "missed" each other and now they will finally complete the circle whereby each and every team in the competition has played each other at least once.

Nothing more than pride will be at stake at Coca-Cola Park.

The Lions have had an unhappy season on numerous fronts and would like nothing more than to add another victory to their W column on the log.

The Rebels have not fared much better, but a win in Joburg could ensure they don't finish bottom of the Australian Conference.

History will also be made with the whistle on Saturday as Francisco Pastrana of Argentina will become the first "foreign referee" to referee a match in Super Rugby.

The Bookies have given the Rebels a 10 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. The Rebels have never played in Johannesburg before so they will probably fade as the match progresses due to the altitude and the travel factor. The Lions should win by 3.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports website.

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Match No.112.Lions v Rebels
Date Saturday 7 July
Venue : Johannesburg
Kick Off local: 17:05 local, 15:05 GMT, Sun 8 Jul 3:05 NZT, Sun 8 Jul 1:05 NSW/ACT, 17:05 SAT
Referee: Francisco Pastrana
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2:Stefan Breytenbach
TMO : Johan Meuweson



15 James Kamana , 14 Lionel Mapoe , 13 Waylon Murray , 12 Butch James , 11 Anthonie Volmink , 10 Elton Jantjies , 9 Michael Bondesio , 8 Joshua Strauss (c) , 7 Grant Hattingh , 6 Derick Minnie , 5 Franco Van der Merwe , 4 Hendrik Roodt , 3 Jacobie Adriaanse , 2 Callie Visagie , 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Replacements : 16 Martin Bezuidenhout , 17 Ruan Dreyer , 18 Etienne Oosthuizen , 19 Jaco Kriel , 20 Ross Cronje , 21 JR Esterhuizen , 22 Ruan Combrinck


1. Nic Henderson,2. Ged Robinson,3. Jono Owen,4. Cadeyrn Neville,5. Al Campbell,6. Tim Davidson,7. Hugh Perrett,8. Gareth Delve (VC),9. Nick Phipps,10. James Hilgendorf,11. Cooper Vuna,12. Stirling Mortlock (C),13. Mitch Inman,14. Mark Gerrard,15. Julian Huxley

Replacements : 16. Adam Freier,17. Paul Alo-Emile,18. Hugh Pyle,19. Luke Jones,20. Richard Kingi,21. Lachlan Mitchell,22. Lloyd Johannson.

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