The fourth Super Rugby match on Saturday in Round 13 is in Johannesburg where the Lions will play the Jaguares for the first time.
The Lions – on 32 points – lead the Africa 1 Super Rugby Conference with the Sharks on 30 and the Jaguares in third on 13 points.
Last week the Jaguares let what would have been their third Super Rugby victory slip away as they lost 22-25 to the Sharks having played most of the rugby.
The Lions on the other hand did most of the scoring in their 43-5 victory at home against the Blues from Auckland.
That victory was the Lions 7th victory from 10 matches and their third from five at home. So far only the New Zealand teams have beaten the Lions (Highlanders, Crusaders and Hurricanes).
The Jaguares have played 10 Super Rugby matches and they have won two and lost eight. Their first match in Super Rugby was in Bloemfontein where they beat the Cheetahs and they also beat the Southern Kings in Buenos Aires.
For this match the Lions have rotated almost half of the squad as they have made six changes. Lock Lourens Erasmus gets his first start of the season. Elsewhere in the forwards Corné Fourie and Armand van der Merwe start in the front row.
Cyle Brink dons the number seven jersey and among the backs Faf de Klerk will run-on as will Howard Mnisi.
The Jaguares have made four changes to the side that played last week. Two of the changes have been made due to suspensions. Regular captain Agustín Creevy has been suspended for one week so Julián Montoya comes in to the front row.
Thomas Lezana and Facundo Isa come into the side to replace Ortega Desio (who drops to the replacements) and Leonardo Senatore who has been suspended for 10 weeks
The final change is in the backline where Lucas González Amorosino comes in on the wing to replace Manuel Montero. Enrique Pieretto was also named in the traveling squad but he sits out this week.
The Lions lead the South African Group but a loss this weekend will most likely see the winner of the Bulls v Stormers match take the top spot so they will be up for it this week with the play offs edging nearer.
The Lions do however rarely lose to visiting teams at home when Stuart Berry is in charge.
The Bookies have given the Jaguares a 14 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Stuart Berry is in charge again so the home side will be very familiar with his ways so the Lions should win this by 8.
This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 1 on the Red Button.
No past results
Match No.98: Lions v Jaguares
Date : Saturday 21 May 2016
Venue : Emirates Airlines Stadium, Johannesburg
Kick Off local: 15:00 local
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant Ref 2:Lourens van der Merwe
TMO : Willie Vos
Corne Fourie , Armand van der Merwe , Julian Redelinghuys , Lourens Erasmus , Franco Mostert , Jaco Kriel , Cyle Brink , Warren Whiteley , Faf de Klerk , Elton Jantjies , Courtnall Skosan , Howard Mnisi , Lionel Mapoe , Ruan Combrinck , Jaco van der Walt
Replacements : Malcolm Marx , Dylan Smith , Jacques van Rooyen , Ruan Ackermann , Warwick Tecklenburg , Ross Cronje , Rohan Janse van Rensburg , Sylvian Mahuza
1. Santiago García Botta, 2.Julián Montoya , 3. Ramiro Herrera , 4. Matías Alemanno , 5.Tomás Lavanini , 6. Pablo Matera, 7.Tomás Lezana, 8. Facundo Isa , 9.Martín Landajo , 10.Nicolás Sánchez ,11. Lucas González Amorosino , 12.Matías Orlando, 13.Juan Martin Hernandez, 14. Emiliano Boffelli, 15. Joaquín Tuculet y Segundo Tuculet.
Replacements : Facundo Bosch, Facundo Gigena, 18. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 19.Guido Petti ,20. Javier Ortega Desio, 21.Gonzalo Bertranou, 22.Santiago González Iglesias 23.Ramiro Moyano