Currie Cup

Golden Lions make nine changes for Griquas

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The Golden Lions have made three changes to their starting line up and six changes to their bench for the Currie Cup match against Griquas on Saturday in Kimberley.

In the starting line up Ross Cronje replaces Michael Bondesio at scrumhalf and he was ruled out with a calf injury.

Deon van Rensburg starts at right centre in place of Lionel Mapoe who has been called up to the Springbok squad and Alwyn Hollenbach returns from injury and replaces Dylan des Fountain at first Centre.

On the bench there is much more movement as Bandise Maku replaces Martin Bezuidenhout at Reserve Hooker.

Caylib Oosthuizen replaces Ruan Dreyer as reserve prop after he was also ruled out with a calf injury.

Willie Britz replaces Etienne Oosthuizen at Utility Forward, while Derick Minnie replaces Britz.

Guy Cronje comes on to the bench to replace Ross Cronje as reserve scrumhalf as Ross starts this week.

Dylan des Fountain replaces Deon van Rensburg at utility back as van Rensburg has moved into the starting line up.

Despite picking up an away win over Western Province last week, captain JC Janse van Rensburg said on Wednesday there were still areas in which the log leaders could improve.

“We’ve worked very hard on our defence and our set-phases because they’re [Griquas] a very good team in the set-phases,” Van Rensburg said.

The skipper said his side were already aiming to secure a home semi-final.

“The mood in the camp is excellent but it can change so quickly if we go to Griquas and we don’t win that game,” Van Rensburg said.

“It’s a very important game for us and them. For us we’re working towards a home semi.

“We’re just focussing on what we want to do against them and not make the same mistakes we made earlier in the season.”

Golden Lions

5 ,Andries Coetzee, 14 , Deon Helberg, 13, Deon Van Rensburg, 12 ,Alwyn Hollenbach, 11, Ruan Combrinck, 10 ,Butch James, 9 ,Ross Cronje, 8 ,Warren Whiteley, 7,Jaco Kriel, 6 , Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 , Franco Van der Merwe, 4 , Michael Rhodes, 3 ,Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 ,Callie Visagie, 1 , JC Janse van Rensburg (c)

Replacements:, 16 , Bandise Maku, 17 ,Caylib Oosthuizen, 18,Willie Britz, 19 ,Derick Minnie, 20 , Guy Cronje, 21 ,Dylan Des Fountain, 22 , James Kamana

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