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Alberts and Simelane start for Emirates Lions in Melbourne

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 08: Wandisile Simelane of the Xerox Golden Lions during the Currie Cup match between Xerox Golden Lions and Toyota Free State Cheetahs at Emirates Airline Park on September 08, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Sports Reporter

The inclusion of Springbok flank Willem Alberts is one of three changes to the Emirates Lions’ starting team for their sixth round Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Rebels in Melbourne on Saturday.

The match starts at 10h15 (SA time) and will be televised live on SuperSport1.

Alberts, who-rejoined the Joburg side earlier this year after playing club rugby in France, comes into the starting team in the back row to replace the injured Vincent Tshituka.

In the front row, Pieter Jansen is handed a start in the No 2-jersey, with Jan-Henning Campher moving to the replacement bench.

The outside centre berth goes to Wandisile Simelane and Manuel Rass drops out of the matchday 23 this week.

Rebels won: 0

Emirates Lions won: 5

Rebels points: 108

Emirates Lions points: 174

Average score: 22-35

Match information:

Date: Saturday, March 7

Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne

Kick-off: 10h15 (SA time)

Referee: James Doleman (New Zealand)

Assistant referees: Federico Anselmi (Argentina), James Quinn (Australia)

TMO: James Leckie (Australia)

08h05: Crusaders vs Reds, Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch

10h15: Waratahs vs Chiefs, Win Stadium, Wollongong 

Saturday, 29 February

08h05: Hurricanes vs Blues, Sky Stadium, Wellington

10h15: Rebels vs Emirates Lions, AAMI Stadium, Melbourne

15h05: Cell C Sharks vs Jaguares, Jonsson Kings Park, Durban

17h15: Vodacom Bulls vs Highlanders, Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Byes: DHL Stormers

Source: SA Rugby Union

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