CCLions21Update, match postponed. Sunday's United Rugby Championship action comes from Johannesburg where the Lions host Cardiff




Lions v Cardiff, Sunday 28th November, KO 16:00 (South African time)


Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Griffin Colby (South Africa)
TMO: Stuart Berry (South Africa)


Weather Forecast – Johannesburg




The Lions return with 6 log points after their 4 tour matches delivered 1 win and 3 defeats. In Round 1 they were slight underdogs for a visit to Parma to take on Italian side Zebre but they came away with a 38-26 victory, racing into a 35-0 lead at half time before surviving a second half fightback from the home side.


In Round 2 the Lions lost 36-13 to the Scarlets in Llanelli, failing to stay within a handicap line which ranged from +10.5 to +13.5 points

In Round 3 they went down narrowly (13-9) away to Glasgow Warriors, a game they started as 14.5 point underdogs and last time out they were beaten 26-10 at Ulster.




Last time out Cardiff edged past the Dragons 31-29 in a home fixture and they now have 3 wins and 2 defeats and a total of 14 log points to show for their efforts so far.


Cardiff have faced South African opposition twice already and with mixed results. In Round 4 they beat the Sharks 23-17 (handicap Sharks +3.5 points) and in Round 3 they hosted the Bulls, they started 4.5 point favourites, led 16-3 at half time and then a second half turnaround saw the Bulls dominate and Cardiff finished a beaten side, going down 29-19.


Cardiff had started with a 33-21 home win over Connacht, scoring 5 tries to 2 to secure a bonus point. In Round 2 Cardiff were edged out 18-14 by the Ospreys in a local derby in Swansea.


Team News


Lions: 15 EW Viljoen, 14 Sibahle Maxwane, 13 Wandisile Simelane 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel, 4 Ruben Schoeman 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.

Replacements: 16 Pieter Botha, 17 Morgan Naude, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Ruhan Straeuli, 21 Morne van den Berg, 22 Matt More 23 Tiaan Swanepoel


Cardiff: tbc



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Lions -4.5 points at 9/10

Cardiff +4.5 points at 9/10


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