Springbok flyhalf and 2019 Rugby World Cup winner, Elton Jantjies, will lead a Lions team featuring a vibrant mix of youth and experience when they cross paths with the Stormers on Super Fan Saturday.
Super Fan Saturday: Lions vs Stormers – preview
Jantjies will be joined by four Springboks – Ruan Dreyer (prop), Marvin Orie (lock), Jaco Kriel (flank) and Courtnall Skosan (wing) – who have all been named in the starting line-up, while several former World Rugby U20 Championship players have been included in the squad of 30 players.
Springbok fullback Warrick Gelant will make his Stormers debut in the familiar surroundings of Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, where he previously played for the Bulls before joining the Cape franchise during the lockdown.
No fewer than eight Springboks will feature in the Stormers’ match day squad, which includes Bok captain Siya Kolisi and four front rankers with Test experience in Scarra Ntubeni, Bongi Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe and Steven Kitshoff.
Gelant starts in the No 15 jersey, while the likes of Leon Lyons (prop), Hannes Gouws (utility forward), Tim Swiel (fyhalf), Michal Haznar (centre), Angelo Davids (wing) and Tristan Leyds (fullback) are set to earn their first Stormers caps from the extended replacements bench.
15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Rabz Maxwane, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: Sti Sithole, Jan-Henning Campher, Carlu Sadie, Wilhelm van der Sluys, Reinhard Nothnagel, MJ Pelser, Francke Horn, Len Massyn, Dillon Smit, Gianni Lombard, Stean Pienaar, Daniel Kriel, Manuel Rass, Jamba Ulengo, EW Viljoen.
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Leolin Zas, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Nama Xaba, 21 Hannes Gouws, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 Tim Swiel, 24 Michal Haznar, 25 Angelo Davids, 26 Tristan Leyds.
Super Fan Saturday: Lions vs Stormers – Match details and where to watch
Date: Saturday, 26 September 2020
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off time: 19h00
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Aimee Barrett-Theron, Morne Ferreira
TMO: Willie Vos
TV: Live on SuperSport Grandstand