Ackermann shows his hand
Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann has made seven changes to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with Griquas in Johannesburg.
In the forwards, Jacques van Rooyen moves in to the starting side at loosehead prop. Willie Wepener is also promoted from the bench at hooker and Julian Redelinghuys will start at tighthead. Franco van der Merwe returns at lock after his stint with the Springboks, while Warwick Tecklenburg will start at six.
The back-line changes see Andries Coetzee shift to inside centre and Chrysander Botha switch to full-back. Deon Helberg will start on the wing as he is promoted to the starting line-up.
Meanwhile, new inclusions amongst the replacements, Bees Roux and Lambert Groenewald, will provide cover for the forwards.
Golden Lions:15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Andries Coetzee, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie (c), 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Lambert Groenewald, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Kobus de Kock.
Date: Saturday, October 12
Kick-off: 15:00 local (14:00 BST)
Venue: Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees : Lourens van der Merwe, Sieg van Staden
TMO: Johan Greeff