Alberts and Simelane start for Emirates Lions in Melbourne
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
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