Sigma Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen has made two changes to the match day 23 that will welcome the New Nation Pumas to Emirates Airline Park on Friday, 30 July.
Sibusiso Sangweni will get a starting berth after an early injury forced Roelof Smit to leave the field in last week’s Carling Currie Cup match against the Vodacom Bulls, while Morne van den Berg will bring energy from the bench.
The Currie Cup match will kick-off at 16:45.
The Lions U20s will get their SA Rugby u20 Championship preparations underway on Friday, when they welcome the Cell C Sharks u20s to Johannesburg in a friendly match.
This is an exciting side, which will be captained by Junior Boks’ captain, Sasko Ndlovu. The match kicks off at 12:00.
After successfully defending their title last week, the Mastercard Golden Lions will travel to Durban to play in the promotion relegation for the Womens’ Premier Division against the Cell C Sharks Women.
“We are fortunate to be able to select the same 23 players that did us proud in the final of the First Division last Saturday. It’s going to be a tough encounter and it will pose a couple of challenges to us, but we should be able to handle those. We are looking forward to the game,” said Timmy Goodwin, coach to the Mastercard Golden Lions.
Kick-off is at 11:30 and can be live streamed on Springbok.rugby
Sigma Lions: Wandisile Simelane; Rabz Maxwane, Manuel Rass, Dan Kriel, Courtnall Skosan; Jordan Hendrikse, Andre Warner; Francke Horn (capt.), Vincent Tshituka, Sibusiso Sangweni, FP Pelser, Ruben Schoeman, Carlu Sadie, PJ Botha, Ruan Dreyer. Replacements: Jaco Visagie, Sti Sithole, Jannie du Plessis, Reinhard Nothnagel, Ruhan Straeuli, Morne van den Berg, Fred Zeilinga, Stean Pienaar
Lions u20: Zeilinga Strydom; Ngia Selengbe, Henco van Wyk, Tyler Bocks, Quan Horn; Sihlalo Benge, Jurich Claasens; Sisonke Vumasonke, Jarod Cairns, Sasko Ndlovu (capt.), Connor van Buuren, Justin Kalamer, Sibusiso Shongwe, Jacque-Lois du Toit, Okuhle Siyeni. Replacements: Allister Williams, Wandile Hlope, Andre Gouws, Babalo Makana, Ruan Venter, Ricardo Fourie, Nico Steyn, Setchaba Mokoena, Indiphile Tyeda, Liyema Matyolweni, Johan du Toit
Mastercard Golden Lions Women: Forwards: Aliyah Tchogna-Njamen, Dimakatso Sefala, Noluthando Khumalo, Nthabiseng Monyemore, Pennbry Mcnamara, Priscillar Sithole, Randy Nkotswana, Sharon Baloyi, Sisipho Maholwana, Thembeka Khuzwayo, Winnie Masokoane, Zandile Khumalo, Zumicke Geringer. Backline: Felicia Manyekwane, Kaylen Williams, Khanyisile Ntai, Lungile Ngombane, Masingita Simango, Nontuthuko Shongwe, Nthabiseng Ncalane, Piwokuhle Nyanda, Refilwe Ramahlo, Sarah Mokwebo, Precious Maduchen-Felix