Lions host Pumas in season opener

An exciting Xerox Golden Lions side brimming with youth and excitement is ready to kick off the Currie Cup at home against the Phakisa Pumas on Saturday.

Ross Cronje will lead a very talented young Lions side, interspersed with experienced names like Marnus Schoeman, Johannes Jonker and Dylan Smith while players like Tyrone Green, Wandisile Simelane, Shaun Reynolds, Vincent Tshituka, Reinhard Nothnagel and Rhyno Herbst have all had a taste of Super Rugby and are rearing to go.

The main attraction kicks off at 15:00.

The rugby day will kick-off with the Xerox Golden Lions Under 21 side vs the Leopards at 12:00.

Xerox Golden Lions vs Phakisa Pumas

Tyrone Green; Madosh Tambwe, Wandisile Simelane, Wayne van der Bank, Stean Pienaar; Shaun Reynolds, Ross Cronje ©; James Venter, Vincent Tshituka, Marnus Schoeman, Reinhard Nothnagel, Rhyno Herbst, Johannes Jonker, Jan-Henning Campher, Dylan Smith.

Reserves: Pieter Jansen, Sti Sithole, Jacobie Adriaanse, Ruben Schoeman, Len Massyn, Dillon Smit, Manuel Rass, Jan-Louis la Grange

Xerox Golden Lions Under 21 vs Leopards Under 21

Shaun Baxter; Mauritz Pretorius, Yanga Hlalu, Seun Maduna, Kennedy Mpeku; Keagan Laivaux, Jack Hart; Cal Smid, Emmanuel Tshituka, MJ Pelser, Cristen van Niekerk, Junior White, Ebot Buma, PJ Botha ©, Nathan McBeth.

Reserves: Dameon Venter, Nkosikona Masuku, Asenathi Ntlabakanye, Anton Gerber, Philip Krause, Shaun Williams, Wyclef Vlitoor, Muzi Manyike.