Ackermann has made several changes to the Lions team that lost last week to the Sharks in Durban.
In the forwards, Robbie Coetzee returns to the starting line-up and Willie Britz will start at flank. As a result, both Willie Wepener and Warwick Tecklenburg will provide cover off the wood.
Meanwhile, in the backline, Marnitz Boshoff shifts back to flyhalf. Courtnall Skosan, JW Jonker and Coenie van Wyk all earn spaces in the starting XV as Elton Jantjies and Ruan Combrinck are moved to the bench to provide backline cover.
15. Coenie van Wyk,14. JW Jonker ,13. Deon van Rensburg ,12. Stefan Watermeyer,11. Courtnall Skosan,10. Marnitz Boshoff,9. Faf de Klerk,8. Warren Whiteley (c),7. Willie Britz,6. Jaco Kriel,5. Franco van der Merwe,4. Franco Mostert,3. Julian Redelinghuys,2. Robbie Coetzee,1. Schalk van der Merwe
Replacements : 16. Willie Wepener,17. Corne Fourie,18. Ruan Dreyer,19. MB Lusaseni ,20. Warwick Tecklenburg,21. Ross Cronje,22. Elton Jantjies,23. Ruan Combrinck