Lions welcome top of the table Glasgow Warriors to the den

Lions welcome top of the table Glasgow Warriors to the den

The Lions welcome Scottish outfit and log leaders Glasgow Warriors to Emirates Airline Park for Round 17 of the United Rugby Championship on Saturday. 

Ivan van Rooyen's men will see Saturday as another opportunity to cement a play-off spot after a 34-13 bonus point win over Cardiff Rugby last weekend.

His assistant coach and scrum guru Julian Redelinghuys was under no illusions this week about the quality of their opponents despite going down the Bulls in their recent fixture. In the same breath, Redelinghuys warned against relying on altitude as a weapon to pip the Franco Smith coached side.

"They're a well-coached team and are top of the log; best in the tackling stats, and best in defensive stats," said the former Springbok prop.

"The questions we have are, are they going to stick to their DNA, or try and do what Munster and Cardiff did, which is kick the ball and not want to play too much."

"From our side, if you rely on the altitude to win a game for you, you're going to make a mistake. Glasgow didn't go lay down in the last 20 minutes against the Bulls, they actually made a step up," he concluded.

In other team news, prop Morgan Naude returns to the starting line-up with Ruan Dreyer providing cover as an impact player. Sanele Nohamba and Jordan Hendrikse occupy the two backline spots on the bench.

Kick-off in Johannesburg is at 16:05.

Lions - 15 Quan Horn, 14 Rabz Maxwane, 13 Erich Cronje, 12 Marius Louw (c), 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Gianni Lombard, 9 Morne van den Berg, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Emmanuel Tshituka, 6 JC Pretorius, 5 Ruan Delport, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Asenathi Ntlabakanye, 2 PJ Botha, 1 Morgan Naude

Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Ruan Venter, 21 Hanru Sirgel, 22 Sanele Nohmaba, 23 Jordan Hendrikse