Sti Sithole (prop) and Vincent Tshituka (flanker), however, both had injury scares this week and will have to pass late fitness tests to prove their readiness to take the field.

Should they be ruled out, Dylan Smith and Wilhelm van der Sluys will move into the starting line-up respectively.

There were three changes amongst the replacements, with Wiehahn Herbst (prop), Burger Odendaal (centre) and Jamba Ulengo (wing) coming in for Smith, Van der Sluys and former Junior Springbok Manuel Rass (centre) respectively.

Xerox Lions: 15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 André Warner, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka/Wilhelm van der Sluys, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sti Sithole/Dylan Smith. Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Morné van den Berg, 22 Burger Odendaal, 23 Jamba Ulengo.


Match information – Xerox Lions v Cell C Sharks

Date: Saturday, 19 December 2020

Time: 19h00

Venue: Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

Referee: Jaco Peyper

Assistant Referees: Cwengile Jadezweni and Aimee Barrett-Theron

TMO: Stuart Berry

TV: SuperSport Grandstand and Rugby