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Lions v Stormers

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Walking wounded to be eaten by Sharks

The Waratahs are struggling with injuries and dissatisfied crowds.

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Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, Sunday 4.10am (AEDT)
Last meeting:
Round 9 2011 - Stormers 33 bt Lions 19 at Ellis Park
Head-to-head: Played 16 Lions 4 Stormers 12
In Johannesburg: Played 9 Lions 2 Stormers 7
Referee: Glen Jackson (NZL)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 3
Odds:
Lions $3.30 Stormers $1.30

Greg Growden writes: Maybe the Lions will be the shock winners of the round, especially after coach John Mitchell described their injury toll as "the biggest I have seen in my 16 years as a coach in professional rugby." Mitchell says a third of the Lions squad is unavailable. How many times have we heard this and then a group of nobodies fire up and win the unwinnable game?

AAP writes: The undefeated Stormers travel north to Johannesburg for this derby match which shapes as one of the highlights of the round. Coming off the bye, the Lions have a chance to leapfrog the Sharks - should they lose to NSW - and strengthen their position in the South African Conference. Springboks flyer and Stormers' lynchpin Bryan Habana has a chance to score his landmark 50th try in Super Rugby, at a ground where the Cape Town side hold an impressive seven and two record. With South African rugby promising to promote a new team to Super Rugby next season, the Lions will want to keep winning to ensure they avoid the cut.

LIONS: James Kamana, Deon van Rensburg, Jaco Taute, Doppies la Grange, Andries Coetzee, Butch James, Tian Meyer, Warren Whiteley, Joshua Strauss (capt), Derick Minnie, Franco van der Merwe, Marius Coetzer, Pat Cilliers, Callie Visagie, Caylib Oosthuizen. Reserves: Martin Bezuidenhout, Jacobie Adriaanse, Stephan Greeff, Cobus Grobbleaar, Ross Cronje, Michael Killian, Ruan Combrinck.

STORMERS: Joe Pietersen, Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (capt), Bryan Habana, Peter Grant, Dewaldt Duvenage, Nick Koster, Duane Vermeulen, Siya Kolisi,  Andries Bekker, Eben Etzebeth, Brok Harris, Tiaan Liebenberg, Steven Kitshoff. Reserves: Siya Ntubeni, Frans Malherbe, De Kock Steenkamp, Nizaam Carr, Louis Schreuder, Gary van Aswegen, Gerhard van den Heever.

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