Lions set to un­leash for­mer Ju­nior Spring­bok star

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RIS­ING cen­tre Wan­dis­ile Sime­lane will fi­nally get his chance to show what he can do at Su­per Rugby level when he runs out for the Lions in their round six Su­per Rugby match against the Rebels in Mel­bourne to­mor­row.

The 22-year-old has had to bide his time while Lions boss Ivan van Rooyen backed the more se­nior Dun­can Matthews and then Manny Rass at 13 in the Lions’ pre­vi­ous games.

But hav­ing been ear­marked for higher hon­ours since his Ju­nior Spring­bok days, Sime­lane now has an op­por­tu­nity to show Spring­bok boss Jac­ques Nien­aber and direc­tor of rugby Rassie Erasmus he is a man for the fu­ture.

He played off the bench in the last two games and only fea­tured in five Su­per Rugby games last year.

Sime­lane is con­sid­ered a po­ten­tial fu­ture Bok cen­tre, along with an­other for­mer Baby Boks man, Rikus Pre­to­rius of the Storm­ers. Un­for­tu­nately for the Cape-based mid­fielder, Wales in­ter­na­tional Jamie Roberts – who has been pre­ferred at 12 by coach

John Dob­son – has kept him out of the ac­tion.

Sime­lane, who’s got speed, step­ping skills and an eye for the gap, will hope for an ex­tended run in the Lions No 13 jersey. He’ll line up along­side Dan Kriel this week­end – the third cen­tre pair­ing for the Lions in six games.

15 An­dries Coet­zee, 14 Ty­rone Green, 13 Wan­dis­ile Sime­lane, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 El­ton Jan­tjies (capt), 9 An­dre Warner, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Willem Al­berts, 6 Mar­nus Schoe­man, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoe­man, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Pi­eter Jansen, 1 Dy­lan Smith.

16 Jan-Hen­ning Cam­pher, 17 Sti Sit­hole, 18 Jan­nie du Plessis, 19 Wil­helm van der Sluys, 20 Hacji­vah Day­i­mani, 21 Morne van den Berg, 22 Shaun Reynolds, 23 Court­nall Skosan

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SBU NKOSI will start at right wing against the Jaguares to­mor­row.

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