Lions coach reshuffles front line ahead of Sharks clash

Lourens Erasmus has been given start by Ackermann, with Kwagga Smith moving to the flank.

FILE: The Lions are top of the Currie Cup log having won six matches out of six, collecting 29 points and go into this match. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann has reshuffled his front line ahead of their Currie Cup clash against the Sharks on Saturday, bringing in Julian Redelinghuys and Malcolm Marx, while Ruan Dreyer moves from tighthead to loose-head.

Lourens Erasmus has been given start by Ackermann, with Kwagga Smith moving to the flank, to partner captain Jaco Kriel.

There's still no Warren Whiteley as he continues his recovery from a calf injury, however it's expected he will be back as soon as next week.

The Lions are top of the Currie Cup log, having won six matches out of six, collecting 29 points and go into this match looking for their sixth bonus point victory, after missing out on it against the Blue Bulls last weekend.

Speaking to EWN Sport about this Sharks game, Warren Whiteley says, "They've got their backs against the wall, they're fighting to get into a playoff spot. We know that a Sharks side that is hurt will come out blazing, they will never back down and we know they've got a lot to prove"

Another Lions injury casualty, Alwyn Hollenbach says, "Teams are going to play the Lions style more than just bashing it up, it's very entertaining, good scores on the board, bonus points. We still have to work hard, you know, not just throwing the ball side to side and think it's gonna happen, we still have to do the hard work."

The Sharks are lying in the fourth spot on the log, 16 points behind the Lions with three wins and three losses in their campaign.