Elton Jantjies made a full recovery after his injury scare last week when he sustained a grade 1 calf injury during training. He will captain the Emirates Lions against the Tafel Lager Griquas on Friday evening (19:00) at Emirates Airline Park in the first home-game for the Johannesburg based side in Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked.
The starting line-up sees Gianni Lombard in the number 15 jersey while Stean Pienaar and Courtnall Skosan will patrol the side-lines at wing, Wandisile Simelane will join forces with Dan Kriel at centre and MJ Pelser gets the nod as flank forward.
On the bench the following players are set to get a run for the first time in 258 days since the previous match on home-soil: PJ Botha, Ruan Dreyer, Jannie du Plessis, Reinhard Nothnagel, Jaco Kriel, Ross Cronjé, Burger Odendaal and Tiaan Swanepoel.
• The day will kick off with the all-important SA Rugby Under 21 Championship final which will see the Xerox Lions Under 21’s, under the coaching of Mzwakhe Nkosi, Wessel Roux and Wynand Ellis, take on the reigning champions, the Vodacom Blue Bulls Under 21 team at 14:00.
Emirates Lions vs Tafel Lager Griquas:
Gianni Lombard; Stean Pienaar, Wandisile Simelane, Dan Kriel, Courtnall Skosan; Elton Jantjies (captain), Morné van den Berg; Len Massyn, Vincent Tshituka, MJ Pelser, Marvin Orie, Ruben Schoeman, Carlu Sadie, Jaco Visagie, Sti Sithole.
PJ Botha, Ruan Dreyer, Jannie du Plessis, Reinhard Nothnagel, Jaco Kriel, Ross Cronjé, Burger Odendaal, Tiaan Swanepoel.