Lions v Rebels
Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)
Last meeting: N/A
Head-to-head: Played 0 Lions 0 Rebels 0
In Johannesburg: N/A
Referee: Francisco Pastrana (ARG)
TV: Live, FoxSports 1
TAB Sportsbet: Lions $1.25 Rebels $3.75 Draw $50.00
Greg Growden writes: Wow what a cracking game this is. The Pussycats up against the Five Point Byes, who don't have the Three Amigos. Catch up on your beauty sleep while you can.
AAP writes: After a promising mid-season surge, the Rebels’ season has unravelled. They have gone on the road for their South African safari without backline stars James O’Connor and Kurtley Beale and will be searching for attacking spark. They will need James Hilgendorf to step up in their absence at five-eighth and their forwards to outmuscle the young home side. The Lions put up a strong fight against the Stormers and are playing better without John Mitchell in charge. The game will feature a rare appearance by a ‘‘foreign’’ referee with Argentina’s Francisco Pastrana controlling affairs.
LIONS: James Kamana, Lionel Mapoe, Waylon Murray, Butch James, Anthonie Volminck, Elton Jantjies, Michael Bondesio, Joshua Strauss (c), Grant Hattingh, Derick Minnie, Franco van der Merwe, Hendrik Roodt, Jacobie Adriaanse, Callie Visagie, JC Janse van Rensburg. Reserves: Martin Bezuidenhout, Ruan Dreyer, Etienne Oosthuizen, Jaco Kriel, Ross Cronje, JR Esterhuizen, Ruan Combrinck
REBELS: Julian Huxley, Mark Gerrard, Mitch Inman, Stirling Mortlock (c), Cooper Vuna, James Hilgendorf, Nick Phipps, Gareth Delve, Hugh Perrett, Tim Davidson, Al Campbell, Cadeyrn Neville, Jono Owen, Ged Robinson, Nic Henderson. Reserves: Adam Freier, Paul Alo-Emile, Hugh Pyle, Luke Jones, Richard Kingi, Lachlan Mitchell, Lloyd Johannson.