Isuzu Southern Kings hooker, Kerron van Vuuren, will be the latest player to make his Guinness PRO14 debut when the side takes on Benetton in a Round 10 clash at the Nelson Mandela University’s Madibaz Stadium on Saturday.
Head Coach Deon Davids has made a number of changes to the side that suffered a 14-31 defeat to Irish side Connacht last Sunday. The team will see a total of seven personnel changes to the starting lineup, with an additional three positional switches to the team.
After last week’s starting hooker, Alandre van Rooyen sustained a concussion in the match against Connacht, Van Vuuren – who is on loan from the Sharks – will get his first cap for the Isuzu Southern Kings with a starting berth on Saturday.
Prop Pieter Scholtz will also be making a much anticipated return from a shoulder injured he sustained last season with a start in the No3 jersey, while Nicolaas “NJ” Oosthuizen switches from tighthead prop to loosehead this week.
Martinus “Tienie” Burger will also make a return to the starting XV as he replaces Jurie van Vuuren in a rotational switch.
Four changes in the backline will see the return of Michael Botha at fullback, while Bjorn Basson gets a start at left win where he replaces Michael Makase. Yaw Penxe moves from left wing to the right side.
Masixole Banda, who has played previous matches for the Isuzu Southern Kings at fullback, moves to flyhalf in the place of Martin du Toit who sustained a knee injury against Connacht.
The Isuzu Southern Kings will start with the new centre pairing of Tertius Kruger at inside centre and Meli Rokoua on the outside. The recent Isuzu Southern Kings recruits will be getting their first start of the season alongside each other. The change comes about after Berton Klaasen sustained a leg injury which has kept him out of contention this week, with Harlon Klaasen being placed on the bench.
Ulrich Beyers will provide utility cover for the backline from the bench, making his first appearance of the season for the Isuzu Southern Kings.
“We have a few injuries which will mean changes,” Davids said.
“Centre Berton Klaasen has a leg injury. This will enable us to see what Fijian Meli Rokoua can do from the start, and Tertius Kruger has also been good.
“With Martin du Toit suffering from a knee injury, Ntabeni Dukisa would have been the logical choice at No 10. But he has a minor shoulder injury, so Masixole Banda will shift in at No 10.
“A guy like Michael Botha will now get a chance. We will also get Ulrich Beyers in the mix from the bench.”
The match will kick-off at 19h15.
Tickets for the match are available at all TicketPro outlets and will be sold at the Madibaz Stadium gates at R20.
ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS. Player (surname then first name):
15 Botha Michael
14 Penxe Yaw
13 Rokoua Meli
12 Kruger Tertius
11 Basson Bjorn
10 Banda Masixole
9 Ungerer Stefan
1 Oosthuizen Nicolaas
2 Van Vuuren Kerron
3 Scholtz Pieter
4 Greeff Stephan
5 Astle John-Charles (C)
6 Velleman Cyril-John
7 Burger Martinus
8 Lerm Ruaan
16 Balekile Tango
17 Tshakweni Alulutho
18 Pupuma Luvuyo
19 Oelofse Schalk
20 Van Schalkwyk Andries
21 Masimla Godlen
22 Beyers Ulrich
23 Klaasen Harlon
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