While the 2022/2023 EPCR Challenge Cup campaign will include two South African clubs, we will introduce you to each team, showing some players who could compete in the competition. Today we focus on the key men in the Lions three-quarter line, who will face Worcester Warriors and Stade Français Paris in Pool B.
The 21-year-old fly-half has enjoyed a meteoric rise as he was selected for the Blitzbok squad for the recent London Sevens after facing the British and Irish Lions in 2021. Hendrikse started 11 of his 12 United Rugby Championship games last season and scored 117 points to finish seventh in the competition’s top scorer charts.
Another talented 21-year-old, Horn made his breakthrough earlier this year with the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup and then with the Lions in the URC. Playing most often at fullbackhe can also play as a center and has made ten appearances in the URC, for 532 yards with the ball in hand and six turnovers to his name.
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Morne van den Berg
The 24-year-old scrum-half is already compared to legend Faf de Klerk due to his performances with the Lions in the URC. Always willing to animate play behind scrums and rucks, van den Berg scored seven tries in 17 appearances last season, as well as making nine crossings and 14 passes after contact in the URC.
The 26-year-old winger played for the Bulls and Cheetahs, where he enjoyed three particularly successful years, before moving to the Lions in 2020. Maxwane, who scored 105 points in 35 games for the Cheetahs, renewed his 11 URC appearances for the Lions last season, scoring four tries and making eight franchises.