JOHANNESBURG – The arrival in New Zealand of Warren Whiteley and the availability again of Kwagga Smith should boost the limping Lions ahead of their second tour match against the Chiefs in Hamilton this weekend.
Desperate to get their Super Rugby tour back on track following their disappointing showing against the Brumbies on Saturday (they lost 31-20 in Canberra), coach Swys de Bruin is almost certain to pick both men for this Friday’s match.
The Lions have been completely out-played in the breakdowns in recent weeks, with the likes of injured men, Whiteley, Smith and Cyle Brink, missing.
In that time De Bruin has been forced to pick locks such as Stephan Lewies and Ruan Vermaak in the back-row.
But with Brink already back in the selection mix after his seven months on the sidelines and Whiteley and Smith available from this week, De Bruin will be in a far happier place. Whiteley passed a fitness test last Friday after spending the last seven weeks on the sidelines with a chest injury, while Smith has been out of Super Rugby since round five.