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Impressive Shaun back at No 10 with Jantjies on bench

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Jantjies, who is back in the mix after sitting out last week following a breach of team protocol, will play from off the bench.

Elton Jantjies was back on the park and training with the Lions on Monday. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Shaun Reynolds has been shown the love by the Lions coaching team and been retained at No 10 for their Round 17 Super Rugby encounter against the Hurricanes at Ellis Park tomorrow.

The 24-year-old came in for the axed Elton Jantjies last weekend and delivered a composed performance against the Stormers – so much so that coach Swys de Bruin has opted to keep him in the starting team this week, and pit him against the All Black Beauden Barrett.

Jantjies, who is back in the mix after sitting out last week following a breach of team protocol, will play from off the bench.

“Shaun was good last week and didn’t do anything wrong,” said Lions assistant coach Phillip Lemmer yesterday. “He was good for the team and good for the system and you have to reward a guy when he plays well,” he added.

Captain Malcolm Marx said it was nice to have Jantjies back in the matchday squad but backed the call for Reynolds to start again this week. “It’s definitely a good thing we have Elton back; he’s got the experience and leadership qualities, but Shaun did well for us last week.”

De Bruin has kept faith with the same starting team that did the business against the Stormers last Saturday, with the only changes coming on the bench. Besides Jantjies returning to the side, rookie prop Nathan McBeth is also back in the squad in place of Sti Sithole.

The Hurricanes though have made several changes to their team following their win against the Sharks in Durban, among them dropping All Blacks flanker Ardie Savea to the bench. Lions forwards coach Lemmer said it was an interesting selection choice by the Hurricanes boss John Plumtree.

Lemmer and Marx agreed it would be a hugely physical match.

“Definitely we know from the past, they like to focus on the breakdowns. They go out to disrupt, to be ugly, to be in your face it’s going to be up front where things will start,” said Lemmer.

Marx said he was looking forward to coming up against the Hurricanes’ two hookers Ricky Riccitelli and Dane Coles.

“We know from the past it’s always quick and physical when you’re up against the Hurricanes.

“And in Dane and Ricky they’ve got two quality hookers; they’re tough and physical so it’ll be an interesting match-up.”