JOHANNESBURG – The Lions have taken a major gamble by selecting a third lock – to play at flank – in Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final against the Waratahs at Ellis Park.
A shoulder injury suffered by regular No 7 Cyle Brink in the Jaguares quarter-final last weekend hasn’t healed in time for him to take on the Waratahs.
Lock Lourens Erasmus has now been added to the starting team, to play at blindside flank, with coach Swys de Bruin sticking with his usual lock pairing of Franco Mostert and Marvin Orie.
Coming onto the bench is Hacjivah Dayimani, the versatile loose-forward, who didn’t feature against the Jaguares.
“I didn’t want to change the lock pairing because they’ve been playing so well together,” said De Bruin, explaining why he didn’t consider moving Mostert to the flank, a position he has played at times this season.