Orie to debut for Lions
Lock Marvin Orie will make his debut for the Emirates Lions when they take on the Jaguares in their Vodacom Super Rugby match in Buenos Aires on Saturday as coach Johan Ackermann rang the changes to give the extended squad a run.
While Ackermann said initially he would send his strongest team, he left four Springboks at home and then made several other changes to the side that beat the Waratahs 55-36 at Ellis Park last weekend.
Flyhalf Shuan Reynolds has been picked at flyhalf, while Jacques Nel is in at outside centre, with Jaco van der Walt at fullback and Anthony Volminck at wing.
Dylan Smith and Johannes Jonker – the latter who will also make his debut – are added to the front row, while Cyle Brink and Kwagga Smith join the loose trio.
Warren Whiteley is the only Springbok tourist that is left in the side and will captain the team.
Coach Ackermann believes they will have a tough task against a motivated Jaguares side playing their first home game.
“Today it has rained a lot,” coach Johan Ackermann said. “We had to change our training to the afternoon to try and get better weather conditions. We hear that Friday and Saturday the weather is better so we are hopeful the field will be in better condition by the time we play the game.
“It is the Jaguares first game and they are a passionate team. They will be motivated and passionate against us, especially because we played in the final last year and they will feel they can make their mark. They are also in the same pool as us, so we’re competing for the same conference title.
“Things are going well, we’ve been here for a day and hopefully we will get a decent training in. The team is balanced, and we’re giving a number of players a chance who worked hard in the off season. I’m very happy for Marvin Orie, as well as for Jacques Nel and Shaun Reynolds. They’ve been very patient and have had to wait through the warm-up games and the first two rounds to get a chance. It gives us a chance to get a few other guys fresh again, but we are also excited about the bench. It is very strong and hopefully they can make a difference.
“We said from the beginning we need to trust in our squad. It can never be a one-player thing. We have a lot of trust in the players that will start here, and know the players will use their chances. In general we know it will be a tough game, as it is basically Argentina’s national team that we are playing against. They only have players from Argentina for their test team.”
Emirates Lions: Jaco van der Walt, Courtnall Skosan, Jacques Nel, Harold Vorster, Anthony Volminck, Shaun Reynolds, Ross Cronje, Warren Whiteley (Capt), Cyle Brink, Kwagga Smith, Marvin Orie, Andries Ferreira, Johannes Jonker, Robbie Coetzee, Dylan Smith.
Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Jacques van Rooyen, Ruan Dreyer, Lourens Erasmus, Jaco Kriel, Faf de Klerk, Andries Coetzee, Sylvian Mahuza.