Rainbow Cup: Lions name team for Jukskei derby opener

Johannesburg – Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen has remained firm on the succession plan of the Lions Rugby Company by putting his faith in the blend of youth and experience fort he first round of the Rainbow Cup SA set to kick off this weekend at Loftus Versfeld against the Vodacom Bulls.

The Lions are known for backing their youngsters that have continuously come through their ranks and van Rooyen clearly did not waver from this viewpoint.

This will see a front row brimming with experience in Sti Sithole and Jannie du Plessis with up-and-coming hooker PJ Botha in the middle.

Coming off the bench the Tshituka brothers might share the field and there is the added bonus of Morne van den Berg who is sure to take the energy level up a notch.

“The first round of the north leg was extremely exciting and a great showcase of high-quality rugby. We are excited about the start of the Rainbow Cup SA this weekend. It’s great for the fans to see the future of southern and northern hemisphere rugby,” said van Rooyen.

Emirates Lions: Tiaan Swanepoel; Stean Pienaar, Wandisile Simelane, Dan Kriel (capt), Courtnall Skosan; Fred Zeilinga, André Warner; Francke Horn, Vincent Tshituka, MJ Pelser, Wilhelm van der Sluys, Ruben Schoeman, Jannie du Plessis, PJ Botha, Sti Sithole. Replacements: Morné Brandon, Nathan McBeth, Carlu Sadie, Reinhard Nothnagel, Emmanuel Tshituka, Sibusiso Sangweni, Morné van den Berg, EW Viljoen.

Kick-off is at 19:00.

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