Lions winger Ruan Combrinck was the only survivor after the Raters got their hands on the latest Stats XV.
It was touch-and-go after Wandile Mjekevu scored a late try to crown the Kings with a victory in Buenos Aires, but his 6.8 grade fell just short of Combrinck’s 7.1, which came on the back of three tries against the Sunwolves.
The hard-running Lions finisher had to watch his Stats XV mates clear out their lockers as Joe Rater clicked for five changes to the team.
The bolter selection of Cheetahs duo Clayton Blommetjies and Frans Venter to the Stats XV was quickly reversed. The 4.7 fullback and 5.4 centre deferred to Bulls buddies, hat-trick hero Warrick Gelant (7.2) and Jesse Kriel (6.9).
Rookie Stormers flyhalf Damian Willemse gave Elton Jantjies (6.7) the boot after creating and scoring a great try against the Cheetahs to log a 7.4, and Lions breakaway Jaco Kriel (7.1) one-upped Kings fetcher Chris Cloete (6.7).
It’s unclear who will be trotting out in the No 8 jersey this week. Nic de Jager’s 6.3 wasn’t enough to keep his place, but the Raters couldn’t decide between Lions thumper Ruan Ackermann and Kings linker Andisa Ntsila, tagging each with a solid 7.0.
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