Sad loss for Lions
NEWS: Jaco Kriel has been withdrawn from the Lions side to take on Griquas at Ellis Park on Friday.
Kriel’s father, Herman, passed away on Thursday.
The Lions, in a brief statement, said they support Kriel in this “difficult time”.
He will be replaced by Marnus Schoeman.
Kriel senior played flank for Northern Natal in the mid-1980s.
Lions – revised: 15 Gianni Lombard; 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan; 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 Morné van den Berg; 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 MJ Pelser, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sti Sithole.
Replacements: 16 PJ Botha, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Ross Cronjé, 22 Burger Odendaal, 23 Tiaan Swanepoel.
Date: Friday, October 30
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Aimee Barrett-Theron, Stuart Berry
TMO: Jaco Peyper
Jaco Kriel has been withdrawn from the Emirates Lions side to take on the Tafel Lager Griquas on Friday evening due to personal reasons. We support him in this difficult time.
— Emirates Lions (@LionsRugbyCo) October 30, 2020