Team Announcement: Sigma Lions vs Tafel Lager Griquas

Sigma Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen has made several changes to the side that will host the Tafel Lager Griquas at Emirates Airline Park on Wednesday afternoon.

The front row sees Sti Sithole, Jaco Visagie and Jannie du Plessis all get their first start of the Carling Currie Cup season. MJ Pelser will also make his first appearance.

In the backline we see Morne van den Berg move up from the bench, while Jordan Hendrikse makes his Currie Cup debut. Burger Odendaal and Stean Pienaar also return to the fray.

On the bench Andre Warner returns from injury (cheekbone) and FP Pelser will also await his return to Lions rugby. If he gets a run-on, U21 captain, Travis Gordon will make his debut.

“It’s great being back home for this Currie Cup match. We’ve missed out on one or two matches this season, so we are all just very excited to get the season back on track,” said Van Rooyen.

The match will kick-off at 14:30.

Sigma Lions vs Tafel Lager Griquas: EW Viljoen; Stean Pienaar, Manuel Rass, Burger Odendaal, Rabz Maxwane; Jordan Hendrikse, Morne van den Berg; Francke Horn (capt.), Sibusiso Sangweni, MJ Pelser, Reinhardt Nothnagel, Ruben Schoeman, Jannie du Plessis, Jaco Visagie, Sti Sithole. Replacements: PJ Botha, Ruan Dreyer, Carlu Sadie, FP Pelser, Travis Gordon, Andre Warner, Fred Zeilinga, Duncan Matthews