Warren Whiteley’s injury fortunes are very much like those of South Africa’s franchises in the 2019 Super Rugby competition: win, lose, win, lose…
A late starter to the season because of injury, Whiteley sat out the early part of the season before he played in the surprise win against the Chiefs in New Zealand four weeks ago where he was again injured.
Whiteley returned from this second injury to play against the Waratahs last weekend where he picked up a bone bruise to the knee. He will therefore sit out the match against the Highlanders.
(For a full list of Whiteley’s injuries since 2017, click on http://rugbyvaria.co.za/super-rugby/super-rugby-news/whiteley-back-after-latest-of-spate-of-injuries-to-lead-the-lions)
Hooker Malcolm Marx will therefore again captain the Lions as No 8 Warren Whiteley sits out the encounter as he nurses a bone bruise to the knee.
Head coach Swys de Bruin made a few other changes to his pack that beat the Waratahs 29-28 at home last weekend.
Dylan Smith comes in for in for Sti Sithole as loosehead prop, while Kwagga Smith moves to No 8 in place of Whiteley. Hy place as openside flank is taken by MarnusS choeman while fit-again Cyle Brink will be the blindside flank in place of Vincent Tshituka.
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Malcolm Marx (captain), 1 Dylan Smith. Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Vincent Tshituka, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Shaun Reynolds, 23 Tyrone Green