New-look halfbacks for Lions’ tour-opener


A new-look halfback pairing of Sanele Nohamba and Gianni Lombard will look to grab their opportunity as starters for the Lions in Vodacom Universal Rugby Championship in Swansea this weekend. The South African franchise named the match 23 for their URC fixture against Ospreys on Saturday in what will be the Johannesburg team’s first game of a three-week tour of the UK which includes matches against Cardiff Rugby and Edinburgh.  A strong bench consisting of powerhouse forward Ruan Venter, halfback Morne van den Berg and pivot Jordan Hendrikse will be tasked to bring energy in the latter stages.   Roos ready to tear it up  Speaking earlier this week, Lions forwards and lineouts coach Albert van den Berg explained how his side have made minor adjustments looking ahead to Saturday.  “We will have to improve on our individual mistakes ahead of Saturday and avoid conceding soft penalties because we know that a team like Ospreys will capitalize on our errors,” he said.  “A big emphasis has been geared towards improving on a few technical aspects especially in our lineout and scrums and to ensure everyone understands and executes their roles accurately,” concluded the former Springbok lineout jumper. Kick-off is at 8:30pm  (SA time), Saturday 24 September. Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Zander du Plessis, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Quan Horn, 10 Gianni Lombard, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Franke Horn, 7 Emmanuel Tshituka, 6 Sibusiso Sangweni, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel ( c), 4   Ruben Schoeman, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2   PJ Botha, 1 Sti Sithole Subs: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Pieter Jansen van Vuren, 20 Ruan Venter, 21 Morne van den Berg, 22 Jordan Hendrikse, 23 Sango Xamlashe Read: Returning trio to bolster Bulls   Photo: Twitter/@LionsRugbyCo The post New-look halfbacks for Lions’ tour-opener appeared first on SA Rugby magazine.