Lions banking on superior set pieces

Lions skipper Josh Strauss is confident that his team can use their superior set pieces to defeat the Rebels.

The Lions beat the Sharks 38-28 in an all-South African Super Rugby match On 2 June 2012.Picture: Backpage Media.

JOHANNESBURG - Lions skipper Josh Strauss is confident that his team can use their superior set pieces to defeat the Rebels.

The teams meet on Saturday at Coca Cola Park in what will be the season's penultimate game for both teams.

The Lions were solid in their set pieces last weekend against the Stormers, something Strauss hopes his team can replicate once again on Saturday.

"We're looking forward to this game. They are a good and they've caused quite a few upsets. They've showed they do have quality in their team. However, our set piece was very good on the weekend and we just want to build on that."

Interim coach Johann Ackermann has made numerous changes to his starting line-up.

Michael Bondesio starts at scrumhalf in place of Tian Meyer, while Waylon Murray comes in at centre in place of Lionel Mapoe who moves to the wing to cover for the injured Deon Van Rensburg. James Kamana steps in at fullback in place of Andries Coetzee.

Ackermann says that despite the injury forced changes, it welcomes back some experience in the form of Butch James and Waylon Murray.

"James is an explosive player and Waylon is a very intelligent player. He can organise defence and it's good to have those kinds of players back in the mix."

The Johannesburg based franchise finds itself at the bottom of the log and is in serious jeopardy of dropping out of the competition in favour of the Southern Kings.

The Kings are expected to join Super Rugby in 2013.

Kickoff is 5:05pm.