Swys: we want to be tested

CUR­RIE CUP: SPRING­BOK BOOST FOR THE GOLDEN LIONS’ DO-OR-DIE BAT­TLE

The Citizen (KZN) - - FRONT PAGE - Ru­dolph Ja­cobs

Chee­tahs bol­ster their side with host of Pro14 play­ers.

Golden Lions coach Swys de Bruin said yes­ter­day he would ac­tu­ally pre­fer to face the strong­est pos­si­ble Chee­tahs squad in to­mor­row’s Cur­rie Cup de­cider at El­lis Park.

Nam­ing eight changes, De Bruin, who named three of his five re­turn­ing Spring­boks in his start­ing line-up, and his troops are fully aware that the “win­ner takes all” sce­nario would be at play in or­der to book a semi­fi­nal spot.

“We ac­tu­ally don’t want to be fac­ing a B or C side the way they have been play­ing lately, but rather their best avail­able team,” said De Bruin.

“I just don’t know what they will do if they get through to the Cur­rie Cup fi­nal be­cause then the Pro14 re­sumes, will they play a weak­ened side in a fi­nal?”

De Bruin has in­cluded Bok full­back An­dries Coet­zee, wing Court­nall Skosan and scrumhalf Ross Cronje in his run-on team, while nam­ing bull­doz­ing hooker Mal­colm Marx on the bench.

The only Bok not named is tight­head prop Ruan Dreyer who is nurs­ing a slight rib in­jury.

“We had the choice of in­ject­ing him, but de­cided we rather didn’t want to risk him,” said De Bruin.

“In nam­ing Mal­colm on the bench the beauty of the front row is that you can have him up or bring him back.”

At hooker Rob­bie Coet­zee re­turns, while flankers Robert Kruger and Hacji­vah Day­i­mani are on the bench.

In other changes, Jaco van der Walt has been moved from full­back to fly­half, Aphiwe Dyan­tyi is shifted from left wing to right wing, while tight­head prop Ja­co­bie Adri­aanse re­turns af­ter pulling out at the 11th hour on Sun­day with a stom­ach bug.

“Jaco has been great for us and it’s a tac­ti­cal move to switch him back to fly­half with Ashlon Davids pro­vid­ing great cover,” he said.

De Bruin said there was huge en­thu­si­asm this week when they wel­comed their Boks back.

“They might be Boks but they are Lions. It was like wel­com­ing back a brother,” said De Bruin.

“We are very proud of our Boks and also very happy they will be avail­able should we reach the play-offs.”

The Chee­tahs named their strong­est line-up while re­call­ing a host of their Pro14 play­ers in a team where hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld takes over the lead­er­ship from flank Chris Dry.

Pic­ture: Backpagepix

HEART­EN­ING. The in­clu­sion of scrumhalf Ross Cronje has bol­stered the Lions ahead of their clash with the Chee­tahs.

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