Lions set to unleash former Junior Springbok star
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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