Injuries to Warren Whiteley will put Springbok Cyle Brink's performance full of hopes against the Highlanders in the spotlight, write JOHN GOLIATH.
Goodness knows where Brink might be in the order of Springbok's power if he doesn't suffer a knee injury that ends the season ahead of the 2018 Rugby Championship opening match against Argentina.
Instead of getting the chance to make his own Bok No. 7, Brink, who struggled to watch Pieter-Steph du Toit, produced some of the best performances of his career to strengthen his place in the trio off South Africa for the foreseeable future. future.
Brink has a remarkable Super Rugby 2018 campaign for the Lion on their way to the final, and perhaps their best player in the championship game against the mighty Crusaders. Brink is a big boy, who can destroy with a ball and in hand and is a very aggressive defender. He will definitely look for the Springboks after the show.
It's impossible, but now Brink is back from injury and can impress again when the Lions face the Highlanders at Ellis Park on Saturday afternoon. Brink replaces another hopeful Springbok, captain Lions Warren Whiteley, who will miss the match due to a knee injury.
Whiteley only made four starts for the Lions this year after a campaign full of injuries. The former Springbok captain is also still trying to impress the voters, but needs a match to strengthen his place in the World Cup squad.
"It's not good, for him or for us," Lions coach Swys de Bruin said. ‘Warren is a very passionate man and he just wants to play rugby. I really feel it. "
‘He is inside and then he comes out, and it is clearly a little annoying, for him and for us. But at least we have the quality depth between the loose ones and we have to adapt again for this weekend. "
Lion – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Carlü Sadie, 2 Malcolm Marx (c), 1 Dylan Smith.
Subs: Jan 16-Henning Campher, 17 Sti Sithole, Johannes Jonker 18, 19 Vincent Tshituka, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Shaun Reynolds, 23 Tyrone Green.
Highlanders – 15 Matt Faddes, 14 Jordan Hyland, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Sio Tomkinson, 10 Josh Ioane, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Shannon Frizell, 7 Luke Whitelock (c), 6 Dillon Hunt, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Josh Dickson , 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Ayden Johnstone.
Subs: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 James Lentjes, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Dan Hollinshead, 23 Waisake Naholo.
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