Lions to launch an all-out at­tack on the Brumbies

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won their first game, De Bruin has opted to bring new en­ergy to the team. He’s picked fliers Syl­vian Mahuza and Ma­dosh Tambwe on the wings, and in­side them, at 13, rookie Aphiwe Dyan­tyi, will get a run for the first time in mid­field. Next to him will be the at­tack-minded pow­er­house Ro­han Janse van Rens­burg.

“Lionel Mapoe has a bit of a groin in­jury and Harold Vorster has the flu ... so we’re


go­ing with these guys this week. We want to have a go and get some more tries in the bag,” said De Bruin.

“We scored a lot of tries on tour, even though we didn’t win as much as we would have liked, but we want to keep scor­ing tries. I’m ex­cited about Aphiwe at 13 ... it’s a position he loves and has played in be­fore. He’s a mas­sive talent and our plan will be to get the ball to him as of­ten as pos­si­ble,” added the Lions boss who up to now has only used Dyan­tyi on the wing.

Also back in the mix this week is No 8 Hacji­vah Day­i­mani, while on the bench scrumhalf Ross Cronje is back to add depth to the scrumhalf role.

The Lions are des­per­ate to hit back at home this week­end af­ter cop­ping three de­feats in a row in Aus­trala­sia and al­low­ing the other teams in the SA Con­fer­ence to catch up. De Bruin though isn’t too con­cerned about what’s gone down lately.

“This is a tough com­pe­ti­tion where any­one can beat ev­ery­one on a day. If you’d told me at the be­gin­ning of the com­pe­ti­tion that in week 12 or 13 we’d have 31 points and be con­fer­ence lead­ers I’d have taken it. I’m happy where we are at the mo­ment. We’re in the fight and that’s all that matters,” said De Bruin.

In other news, fly­half El­ton Jan­tjies will make his 100th Su­per Rugby ap­pear­ance to­mor­row, af­ter mak­ing his de­but in 2011. (See the Satur­day Star to­mor­row for more on the Lions No 10).

Mean­while, reg­u­lar cap­tain and No 8 War­ren White­ley is yet to be con­sid­ered for ac­tion af­ter ag­gra­vat­ing a knee in­jury on the eve of the team’s de­par­ture to Aus­trala­sia five weeks ago. Ac­cord­ing to De Bruin, White­ley is “around the cor­ner” from play­ing again. “We hope it’s soon,” said the Lions coach. An­dries Coet­zee, Syl­vian Mahuza, Aphiwe Dyan­tyi, Ro­han Janse van Rens­burg, Ma­dosh Tambwe, El­ton Jan­tjies, Nic Groom, Hacji­vah Day­i­mani, Franco Mostert (capt), Kwagga Smith, Marvin Orie, Lourens Eras­mus, Ruan Dreyer, Rob­bie Coet­zee, Dy­lan Smith. Re­place­ments: Corne Fourie, Jac­ques van Rooyen, Jo­hannes Jonker, Len Massyn, Mar­nus Schoe­man, Ross Cronje, Shaun Reynolds, Ruan Com­brinck

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