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Super Rugby preview: Lions host the Crusaders at Ellis Park on Saturday
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Lions host the Crusaders at Ellis Park on Saturday looking to maintain their 100 per cent home record in Super Rugby this season.
The hosts, who had a bye last week, had already seen off the Stormers and Blues in Johannesburg before a narrow 23-20 success over the Reds in their last outing.
The Crusaders will be looking to bounce back, though, after a close 29-26 home defeat to the Hurricanes last time.
Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has made three changes to his squad for the clash.
Martin Muller comes in at lock for the injured Franco van der Merwe in the forwards, while in the backline, Andries Coetzee will start at full-back and Lionel Mapoe comes into the starting XV at outside centre. As a result, Deon van Rensburg shifts to wing.
Among the replacements, Malcolm Marx is set to make his Super Rugby debut while Warwick Tecklenburg and Elton Jantjies also return to the match-day squad.
For the Crusaders, boss Todd Blackadder has made six changes for the clash.
The big news is that captain and No 8 Kieran Read is unavailable for selection due to a head knock he received in last weekend's loss to the Hurricanes in Christchurch.
Luke Whitelock will take his place at the base of the scrum after starting on the blindside flank last weekend.
In other changes, Dominic Bird joins Samuel Whitelock in the second row after Luke Romano was ruled out of contention with a calf injury sustained last weekend, while George Whitelock comes in at number six.
Ryan Crotty will step up to the captaincy this week and also shifts from outside centre to the number 12 jersey.
Two back-line players will get their first starts of the season - Kieron Fonotia at centre and Nemani Nadolo on the wing.
You can see all the action from Ellis Park as the Lions take on the Crusaders live on Sky Sports 2HD from 4:05pm.
Lions: 15 Coetzee, 14 van Rensburg, 13 Mapoe, 12 Watermeyer, 11 Skosan, 10 Boshoff, 9 de Klerk; 1 van der Merwe, 2 Wepener, 3 Redelinghuys, 4 Mostert, 5 Muller, 6 Kriel, 7 Britz, 8 Whiteley (capt).
Replacements: 16 Marx, 17 Fourie, 18 Dreyer, 19 Lusaseni, 20 Tecklenburg, 21 Cronje,
22 Jantjies, 23 Jonker.
Crusaders: 15 Dagg, 14 Nadolo, 13 Fonotia, 12 Crotty (capt), 11 McNicholl, 10 Slade, 9 Ellis; 1 Crockett, 2 Funnell, 3 Franks, 4 Bird, 5 S Whitelock, 6 G Whitelock, 7 Todd, 8 L Whitelock.
Replacements: 16 Flynn, 17 Lienert-Brown, 18 Laulala, 19 Tupou, 20 Taufua, 21 Heinz, 22 Bleyendaal, 23 Taylor.
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|Friday 6th March|
|06:35||Chiefs vs Highlanders|
|08:40||Brumbies vs Western Force|
|Saturday 7th March|
|06:35||Blues vs Lions|
|08:40||Reds vs Waratahs|
|15:05||Cheetahs vs Bulls|
|17:10||Stormers vs Sharks|
|Friday 13th March|
|06:35||Hurricanes vs Blues|
|11:00||Western Force vs Melbourne Rebels|
|Saturday 14th March|
|03:30||Crusaders vs Lions|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Waratahs|
|08:40||Reds vs Brumbies|
|13:00||Stormers vs Chiefs|
|15:05||Cheetahs vs Sharks|
|Friday 20th March|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Hurricanes|
|08:40||Melbourne Rebels vs Lions|
|Saturday 21st March|
|06:35||Crusaders vs Cheetahs|
|15:05||Bulls vs Western Force|
|17:10||Sharks vs Chiefs|
|Sunday 22nd March|
|05:05||Waratahs vs Brumbies|
|Friday 27th March|
|06:35||Hurricanes vs Melbourne Rebels|
|09:00||Reds vs Lions|
|Saturday 28th March|
|05:30||Chiefs vs Cheetahs|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Stormers|
|08:40||Waratahs vs Blues|
|15:05||Sharks vs Western Force|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Lions 19 - 22 Stormers|
|Bulls 43 - 35 Sharks|
|Melbourne Rebels 15 - 20 Brumbies|
|Chiefs 40 - 16 Crusaders|
|Friday 27th February|
|Cheetahs 25 - 24 Blues|
|Western Force 13 - 42 Hurricanes|
|Highlanders 20 - 13 Reds|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Sharks 29 - 12 Lions|
|Stormers 27 - 16 Blues|
|Reds 18 - 6 Western Force|
|Highlanders 20 - 26 Crusaders|
|Friday 20th February|
|Bulls 13 - 17 Hurricanes|
|Melbourne Rebels 28 - 38 Waratahs|
|Chiefs 19 - 17 Brumbies|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Waratahs 13 - 25 Western Force|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Bulls 17 - 29 Stormers|
|Sharks 29 - 35 Cheetahs|
|Blues 18 - 23 Chiefs|
|Friday 13th February|
|Lions 8 - 22 Hurricanes|
|Brumbies 47 - 3 Reds|
|Crusaders 10 - 20 Melbourne Rebels|
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