August 2, 2018 / 3:44 AM / 4 months ago

UPDATE 1-Rugby-Skosan, Brink to start for Lions against Crusaders

* Winger and flanker only changes from semi-final starting side

* Coach keen on continuity of selection (Adds details)

WELLINGTON, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Lions winger Courtnall Skosan has been promoted to the starting side for the Super Rugby final against the Canterbury Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.

Skosan scored a late try in the Lions’ 44-26 win over the New South Wales Waratahs last week and replaces Aphiwe Dyantyi, who also scored a try in the semi-final but has been dropped to the bench.

Cyle Brink replaces Lourens Erasmus on the side of the scrum in the only other change to the starting side.

Lions coach Swys de Bruin said it was an “honour” to play the Crusaders in the final.

“They’re a very good team and they deserve to be in first place,” he told reporters in Christchurch.

“We’ll have to bring our A-game and more. Apart from that we have a huge respect for them and what they stand for and how they play. It will be an honour for us to play against them.”

Lions: 15-Andries Coetzee, 14-Ruan Combrinck, 13-Lionel Mapoe, 12-Harold Vorster, 11-Courtnall Skosan, 10-Elton Jantjies, 9-Ross Cronje, 8-Warren Whiteley (captain) 7-Cyle Brink, 6-Kwagga Smith, 5-Franco Mostert, 4-Marvin Orie, 3-Ruan Dryer, 2-Malcolm Marx, 1-Jacques van Rooyen

Replacements: 16-Corne Fourie, 17-Dylan Smith, 18-Johannes Jonker, 19-Lourens Erasmus, 20-Marnus Schoeman, 21-Dillon Smit, 22-Aphiwe Dyantyi, 23-Howard Mnisi

Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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