Wolhuter to finally debut for Lions

rugby19 January 2024 12:55| © SuperSport
By:Brenden Nel
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Kade Wolhuter © Gallo Images

Promising former SA under-20 flyhalf Kade Wolhuter could finally make his debut for the Emirates Lions after being named on the bench for the side to take on the Ospreys in their EPCR Challenge Cup match at Emirates Airline Park on Sunday.

Wolhuter was loaned from the Stormers, but has had injuries to overcome and he was part of the travelling group that faced Montpellier last weekend but wasn’t named in the match 23.

It is likely he will get onto the field to complete a long rehab from injury and will finally get a chance to prove himself for his adopted side.

Gianni Lombard takes the 10 jersey with Sanele Nohamba, who celebrated his birthday on Friday, moving back to scrumhalf.

The Lions have also shuffled their locks with Ruben Schoeman and Reinhard Nothnagel manning the engine room while Ruan Dreyer returns to the bench as tighthead cover.

The rest of the side is more in line with the Lions' first-choice squad while JC Pretorius is rewarded for his good showing against the French side.

Emirates Lions: Quan Horn; Richard Kriel, Henco van Wyk, Marius Louw (captain), Edwill van der Merwe; Gianni Lombard, Sanele Nohamba; Francke Horn, Emmanuel Tshituka, JC Pretorius, Reinhard Nothnagel, Ruben Schoeman, Asenathi Ntlabakanye, PJ Botha, JP Smith.

Replacements: Jaco Visagie, Morgan Naude, Ruan Dreyer, Darrien Landsberg, Hanru Sirgel, Morne van den Berg, Kade Wolhuter, Erich Cronje.