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It’s great to have Willem back and his calf is looking good. It is lekker that he is back with us,” coach Ivan van Rooyen said.
“We have a bit of rotation this week, with Jordan getting a chance of proving himself alongside two experienced campaigners in Burger and Andre on either side of him.
“The rest is the same, and we are looking forward to the early kickoff against the Stormers.”
The Lions risk being left behind at the halfway point of the competition, but Van Rooyen believes the desperation will aid them in their match on Saturday.
“It will always be part of it. We have spoken about it intensively. I really feel we did enough to beat the Sharks last week. We had a good review this week and the guys see how the small mistakes were expensive. For us it is an opportunity this week to change that.
“Both teams will be desperate, both of us are looking for a win and it is up to us to bring it.”
The match is an early kickoff at 1:30pm and is live on SuperSport.
Emirates Lions: EW Viljoen; Rabz Maxwane, Wandisile Simelane, Burger Odendaal (captain), Courtnall Skosan; Jordan Hendrikse, André Warner; Francke Horn, Vincent Tshituka, MJ Pelser, Reinhard Nothnagel, Ruben Schoeman, Carlu Sadie, Jaco Visagie, Sti Sithole.
Replacements: PJ Botha, Ruan Dreyer, Asenathi Ntlabakanye, Willem Alberts, Emmanuel Tshituka, Morné van den Berg, Fred Zeilinga, Dan Kriel